In Ireland we have a lot of people in hospital with the swine flu. Its a killer apparantly.
Something strange occured in my parents local parish church known as ‘‘The Holy Family’’. Me and my Wife attended. The priest before getting on with the celebration said that the local cardinal ( Cardinal Sean Brady ) requested that we not shake hands at the sign of peace and that we not receive the Eucharist on the tongue but on the hand.
I have no problem with the shaking of hands being taken out. But… no Eucharist on the tongue? :eek: The Lords body is immaculate and Divine, there is no way one can catch swine flu from it. There is also no chance of Our Lords Body being contaminated by someone who carries the germ of swine flu either. Plus if that is their reason for it, then the Eucharistic ministers hand touches the Eucharist which touches our hands which go into our mouth. So the idea of not getting it on the tongue is ridiculous. Our Lords body is immaculate and Divine. Nothing which comes into contact with it can contaminate God himself.
That said, out of Holy Obedience I followed the instructions and took on the hand but it was a difficult one to follow I must admit.
Has this happened in your parish before?