Holy Communion and Concerns about Infection
From time to time, we receive requests about how to address concerns related to the risk of infection from sharing the Lord's Supper. Such concerns deserve careful and compassionate pastoral, theological, and sacramental response. The following links should help churches engage in conversation about these matters and determine what their practices will be when celebrating Holy Communion.
Daniel Benedict and Taylor Burton-Edwards offer some simple steps that can be taken for the health and comfort of all who share in the Lord's Supper.
Dan Benedict and Taylor Burton-Edwards provide pastoral guidance for dealing with concerns around the Swine Flu.
A turn-of-the century Lutheran pastor explains the theological and sanitation justifications for using the individual cup.
PRAYERS WHILE VESTING FOR THE HOLY COMMUNION: AT WASHING THE HANDS
Cleanse me, O Lord, from all defilement of heart and body, that I may with clean hands and a pure heart fulfil Thy work. Amen.
PRAYER BEFORE HOLY COMMUNION BY AMBROSE OF MILAN (4TH CENTURY)
(an excerpt from a longer text)
May your body and blood, which I intend to receive, although I am unworthy, be for me the remission of my sins, the washing away of my guilt, the end of my evil thoughts, and the rebirth of my better instincts. May it incite me to do the works pleasing to you and profitable to my health in body and soul, and be a firm defense against the wiles of my enemies.