The Bishop of Knoxville (Roman Catholic) has outlined by what means you may receive the Sacrament in the churches of his diocese. If you don't follow the rules, you will be asked to leave and must get a permission slip from a mental health counselor before you can return. Okay. I made up that last part. But seriously. Read it.
In his May 6 decree on the resumption of public Masses, Stika described the “mandatory (non-negotiable)” procedure for distributing and receiving Holy Communion:
“Once you leave your pew/chair you will proceed single file (maintaining 6 feet apart) to the distribution point,” Stika wrote. “Immediately before you reach the distribution point you will remove your protective face mask placing it in your pocket and sanitize your hands with 70% alcohol-based sanitizing gel/solution (which will be on a small table directly in front of the distribution point).”
“Standing on the floor-marked X (or kneeling at the 6-foot marked locations along the communion rail), you will extend your arms and hands toward the priest/deacon with the palm of your non-writing hand facing up and completely flat supported by your writing hand,” he continued. The priest, in turn, is to wear “a protective face mask and safety glasses.”
Bishop Richard F. Stika of Knoxville, Tennessee, has confirmed in a tweet that the priests of his diocese “will not give Communion on the tongue as per my instruction.” Taking it further, he says that if the person wanting to receive Holy Communion on the tongue “makes a scene,” then “they will be asked to leave and not permitted to return [until] this passes.”
Wow!!! The priest is even going to wear safety glasses! Will they be real glass, tempered and a minimum of 6 mm thick like the ones I wore when I worked in the steel mill, or will he get by with the plastic kind? This is nuts!
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