Even Holy Communion is not immune from the flu.
Some Catholic Churches across the country have stopped offering parishioners wine from a shared chalice to prevent germs from spreading as the flu continues to plague most of the nation. And that's not the only change worshippers may see at Mass.
"To refrain from shaking hands during rite of peace, I invited them to just turn and verbally exchange a greeting," Msgr. John Darcy of St. Sebastian Church in Providence, R.I., told WJAR.So predictable. Oh, so predictable. You Catholics who understand, you know, liturgy don't need me to unpack the bold print there.
I don't have to say it, but I will. At the traditional Mass, you don't have to worry about catching the flu. No hand-holding, no hand-shaking, no hi-fives, no "shared chalice," no hugs and kisses. Much less complicated.
If not for the sake of honoring our traditions (that would be asking too much, apparently), maybe we could get people hip to the traditional Mass using hygiene as the clincher.