The outbreak of corona virus has had a wide impact in the world not leaving behind the arm of the Religious Institution. This has made every church leaders around the country to think about how best to protect their congregants as they participate in services attendance and the observance of Communion.
The Communion has been a lifestyle for Christians to serve as a remembrance of what Jesus Christ did for mankind and a celebration of what we have and will receive because of his sacrifice. The Holy book made an attestation to this fact in the book of Matthew 26:26-29″While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, “Take and eat; this is my body.”
Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, from now on I shall not drink this fruit of the vine until the day when I drink it with you new in the kingdom of my Father.” — Matthew 26: 26-29
Adding to this, Apostle Paul made admonition to the Christians in Corinth to continue observing the Lord’s Supper in 1 Corinthians 11:23-29.
The taking of communion has not been devoid of humans as this humans are placed as servers with trays who walk the aisles and pass plates filled with unleavened bread wafers and cups of grape juice among worshippers.
As corona virus is concerned coupled with the fact that it is contracted by contact with infected victim, the health officials would probably agree that letting each person put their hand in the same bread plate during any kind of viral outbreak like corona virus is not the most sanitary method available.
The claims been projected has made a Pastor in Mt. Holly,NJ to come up with another way to serve the communion. Although, the process takes a little longer but it Christ-centered.
According to what Rev. Barry Gray of First Presbyterian Church told The Washington Post, he said
“It’s easy to get into the mindset that the Lord’s Supper is a necessary inconvenience, so you do it the easiest way possible in order to fit in the time frame of your service”. “We didn’t want to fall into that. We were thinking: How do we make it intimate and personal with Christ at the center?”
In effect to the new style of observing the communion, all congregants were asked to come forward to receive a piece of bread and a small cup of grape juice from one of four servers rather than taking wafers from a tray.
Part of the precautions taken by Gray when he noticed the complains of his church members in lieu of the outbreak of the virus was the use of disposable gloves when passing out the bread and the grape juice.
In his statement with the newspaper this past Sunday, Gray said he addressed the elephant in the room when it was time for communion and when he finished preaching, he put on his gloves.
“I cracked a little joke about it,” he told The Post. I said: ‘Well, Dr. Gray is about to do some spiritual surgery!’ “. He said