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Church advises clergy how to deal with virus

By Alf McCreary

Published 08/08/2009

The Church of Ireland has issued a 10-point list of guidlines for its clergy and laity in dealing with and preventing swine flu.

These include hand to hand contact during the sign of exchanging the peace, and also taking communion.

Church members are advised that handshakes are permissible “as long as proper hand hygiene is observed”.

Communicants, however, may decline the common cup to receive communion wine and receive the bread only, according to the guidelines issued by the archbishops and bishops.

“This is acceptable and may be advisable if we see a significant rise in the rates of infection in Ireland,” it said.

Finally, the Chuch is asking its members to pray for people in need.

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