Worship and the Coronavirus

In the last two weeks, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is changing the way Episcopal churches worship. The common cup, the Peace, coffee hour, baptismal fonts, the offering plates, etc.

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Episcopal News Service: Washington, Virginia dioceses cancel worship at all churches, including National Cathedral, over outbreak

Washington Post: National Cathedral and hundreds of churches in Maryland, D.C., Virginia to close for two weeks

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  1. You expressed a desire to hear from "the science wing of the Episcopal Church" about risk of transmission from various liturgical practices. I give you: the Diocese of Toronto's SARS Protocols, in the second PDF linked in the following Bishop's letter.


    There have since been additional letters enacting various restrictions, although intinction was already banned years ago.

    Thanks for your thoughtful discussion as always.

    -- Katherine, usually in Toronto but currently working in Florida

    1. Whoops, wrong (less detailed) PDF. I meant this one:



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