Stop Sanitizing Communion


A list of reasons not to use hand sanitizer before distribution of Holy Communion:

1 It only kills the germs in your hands in the moment. If you’re sick you shouldn’t be giving out communion, and this will not stop you from passing germs to those you touch, breathe on, etc.

2 It contains alcohol which removes the oils from your skin. These are the first defense you have against germs from others. You will kill the germs on your hands now… And weaken your defenses just as you are about to touch many other hands.

3 Unless your congregation is a sterile environment (think surgery ward) this is all for show. By the time you pass the chalice back and forth to one person, the benefit is over. When your finger tips touch the first palm or tongue, all the magic is gone.

4 It’s unliturgical and it smells bad. Nothing says “take me Jesus, take me now” like the smell of hand sanitizer as you come near to the Holy Mysteries.

Wash your hands before Mass and pray.

Author: Huw Raphael

A Dominican Tertiary living in San Francisco, CA. He is almost 59. He feeds the homeless as a parochial almoner and is studying to be a Roman Catholic Deacon. He is learning modern Israeli Hebrew and enjoys cooking, keto, cats, long urban hikes, and SF Beer Week.

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