Addressing Coronavirus Concerns

Frequently Asked Questions

How can St. David’s protect our more vulnerable community members?

St. David’s own Dr. Robyn McCarty suggested these best practices for reducing the spread of infectious disease:

  • Stay home when ill
  • Wash hands thoroughly and frequently for 20 seconds
  • If soap and water are not readily available, it is best to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Avoid touching one’s face (eyes, nose, mouth) with unwashed hands
  • Wash hands AFTER touching face
  • Refrain from shaking hands or hugging
  • Don’t be offended if people offer friendly waves or elbows bumps instead of handshakes

What about the common cup?

At St. David’s, our our Eucharistic Ministers are trained to wipe the rim of the chalice between each communicant, to rotate the purificator (the cloth), and the Altar Guild ensures a clean cloth is used for each liturgy. Eucharistic Ministers, and clergy use hand sanitizer before communion.

Is it more sanitary to intinct the host or to drink from the cup?

Intinction (dipping the host in the chalice) is less sanitary because fingers touch either the consecrated wine or the side of the chalice. Therefore, the Episcopal Diocese of Texas requires that we discontinue intinction until further notice.

Is it ok not to receive the cup?

The church believes that all of the grace of the sacrament of the Eucharist is conferred wholly in each element — both consecrated bread and wine. To receive only the host is not to have a “half blessing” or to receive “half communion.” Instead, receiving in one kind is to fully partake in the Eucharistic feast.

To help you remember: skip, sip, but don’t dip

I know that many of you are concerned about the Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19), so I wanted to provide you with reassuring facts. 
The truth is that transmission is very unlikely; however, I wanted to equip you with facts in an effort to minimize your concerns. The websites below contain very useful information. 

-Bishop Andy Doyle

Resources and Links

Coronavirus Guidelines within the Episcopal Diocese of Texas
Presiding Bishop Curry: Statement on coronavirus
Faith-Based Response to Epidemics
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention COVID-19 Knowledge Base
World Health Organization COVID-19 Knowledge Base 

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