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Healthy Tips!

Dear Cathedral Community,

Our church – indeed, all Christians, have a responsibility to care for one another, to build up rather than tear down, and to not spread fear but to respond reasonably and with regard for the safety of all. We have reviewed our operations with regard to healthy practices and make the following suggestions regarding worship at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral.

Wash your hands frequently. Proper hand washing means using soap and water, and rubbing your hands for 20 seconds (the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice).

If you feel ill, stay home. We will pray for you.

If you are experiencing fever, shortness of breath, and coughing, call your doctor right away.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough; if a tissue isn’t handy, cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow.

Wash your hands frequently.

At the passing of the peace, it is fine to wave, give the peace sign or simply speak without shaking hands. Peace does not need skin to skin contact to be transmitted.
This is equally true for greeting one another before and after the service.

Wash your hands frequently.

For now, we will continue to use the common cup (one chalice) for Communion; there is no evidence that sharing the cup has transmitted diseases in the past. However, if you are not comfortable sharing the cup, and certainly if you do not feel well, it is fine to just take the bread.

Because our hands tend to have more bacteria and viruses on them than our mouths, “dipping” the bread is actually more likely to spread disease than drinking from the cup. Please consider allowing the Chalice Bearer, who has just used hand sanitizer, to dip it for you.

Sanitizer will be available throughout the church for your use, as will tissues.

Wash your hands frequently.

These recommendations were culled from several sources, including https://www.episcopalrelief.org/what-we-do/us-disaster-program/faith-based-response-to-epidemics/
where additional information may be found. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

I close with this prayer from the New Zealand Prayer Book.

God of the present moment, God who in Jesus stills the storm and soothes the frantic heart, bring hope and courage to all who wait or work in uncertainty. Bring hope that you will make them the equal of whatever lies ahead. Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided, for your will is health and wholeness; you are God, and we need you.
Amen.

Peace be with you,

Anne

The Very Reverend Anne M. Maxwell