If you watched that and are not yet sick, then you can read on.
Can't afford the silver
You don't want to put your hand in that dirty water and cross yourself -- why God only knows who has been there before you -- literally. So, you know those paper dispensers in the rest rooms? The same little eye that shoots out a towel now can shoot a spurt of water. Clean. Safe. Sterile. Don't believe me? See it HERE.
Still on the fence... Too expensive for you... Check out Cokesbury and they will convince you to buy:
No germs. No spills. No waste. [and only $282.95 (no free shipping)]
Use this Communion Wafer Dispenser during the cold and flu season to prevent the passing of germs, or use it all year long to reduce the cost, time and personnel needed to provide communion by as much as 50 percent. Size and design enhance the dispenser’s portability, making it easy for clergy to use when visiting homes, hospitals, senior living and care centers. It can also be used in the field by military chaplains.
Beautifully designed, the dispenser, made of durable white plastic, provides for a safe and sanitary way to offer communion and also protects against airborne germs. The revolutionary Rapid Re-load System™ dispenses up to 140 wafers without having to be re-filled, while being fast and easy when you do need to re-load. It uses re-sealable clear plastic tubes of wafers. Tubes have a plastic plug to seal out air and moisture, increasing the shelf-life of unused wafers.
Somebody once shared this wisdom with me. When you find a whole kettle full of crazy, it is best not to stir it up. But, I hardly ever listen to wise advice. Still not sick? Read on if you can stomach it...
This is one report from a parishioner. At a previous parish, on a Sunday deemed "appropriate" by the pastor, the congregation was instructed to begin bumping elbows/shoulders rather than shaking hands, kissing, etc. during the passing of the peace. (It was even demonstrated for benefit of those without the ability to envision such ritual.) Beginning that Sunday the pastor no longer "touched" any parishioner -- did not shake hands or embrace at any encounter, including liturgy. And all this was in addition to the very open use of Purell weekly where one might wash hands at the conclusion of the Offertory! I still recall the Host with the faint smell of Purell when receiving from her... not to mention the "great switch" to plastic shot glasses until Easter "just in case." Sigh.
Gadfry... can we be any more stupid? Christ gives us a gift and we turn it into a sacrifice that must be returned to the Father. So we get a Reformation. Christ gives us a gift and we let our fears explode so that we don't want it unless it comes hermetically sealed, untouched by human hands, and with every assurance that we won't have to get near that nasty looking guy with a big mustache kneeling just down the rail... okay, I am sick now...