Coronavirus: Greek Orthodox Church in Aus allowing parishioners to share spoon

A spokesperson for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia said, "there is absolutely no possibility of contracting disease from the holy cup"

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Amid the panic of Coronavirus, Australia’s Greek Orthodox church will carry on administering communion as normal – allowing parishioners to drink wine from the same spoon during mass.

During the ceremony, Greek Orthodox priests dip a spoon into a chalice of wine before placing it directly into worshippers’ mouths. The same spoon and chalice are used throughout.

Reverend Steven Scoutas, a spokesperson for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, has encouraged people displaying signs of illness to stay away from church services. However, he went on to tell ABC News, "Once we decide to go to church, we believe there is absolutely no possibility of contracting disease from the holy cup."

"We believe that no disease or illness can exist in holy communion, which we believe is the body and blood of Christ."

Weekend mass at some of Australia’s larger Greek Orthodox churches can attract hundreds of people – and numbers are set to rise in the lead-up to Greek Easter in April. That could mean thousands of parishioners receiving wine from the same spoon during Easter mass.

The Australian Medical Association criticised the church’s decision to continue administering communion as normal, saying parishioners, many of whom are elderly, will be put at risk of contracting Coronavirus.

Australia has already banned non-essential gatherings of over 500 people as Coronavirius continues to spread – meaning that churches with large amounts of parishioners may have to consider adding extra services to keep numbers down.

Around 1.5% of Australia’s population identifies as Greek Orthodox, 40% of whom are aged over 50.

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Comments (14)

  • The holy morons of the Greek Orthodox church in Greece issued a similar statement, but thankfully the government convinced them that wiping out 80% of their clients is not a good idea.

      10 months ago
  • Reminds me of the video I saw yesterday on twitter of a person licking an airplane seat and calling it Coronavirus challenge...

      10 months ago
  • I can't even begin to process this...!

      10 months ago
  • Wouldn't you rather be doing an outback wine and cheese tour ?

    Outback Australia is sparsely populated, thus reducing the mathematical likelihood of catching a virus.

    On a tour you will discover a huge variety of small cheese making operations, and tours through the wine regions will also take you to small country town bakeries.

    And Australia has mobile bakeries.

    Worlds First Mobile Bakery

    Jan 19, 2017



    Here are the facts on this monster mobile bakery’s capability:

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    3,000L of water on board

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    Holds 4 pallets of food stock

    Has 2 cold rooms and a freezer built-in

    The mobile bakery trailer is 48ft long

    First Mobile Bakery in the WORLD!

    This monster bakery truck has it all, and the local boys behind the idea, Jim and Dennis Smith, are looking forward to being part of this year's 2017 Allora Heritage Weekend.

    The Mobile Bakery will soon be hitting the roads across Australia serving delicious pies up at major festivals and events. Smith’s Pies flavours include meat and vegetable, pepper steak, curry, bacon and cheese, mushy pea and potato top.

    So you better get in quick to see and taste from the World’s First Mobile Bakery on 28th and 29th January at the AHW.

    Asked why he created the world’s first mobile bakery?

    Jim quickly replies Cause I’m Silly’, before then sharing two stories.

    The first about their own personal experience of lining up at a well-known event (outside of our region) for over 45 minutes to receive a measly piece of pizza costing $12. The second because Jim, in his retirement, helped out at a fundraiser for apprentice bakers at the Sydney Show and realised that few folk these days have had the pleasure of a freshly baked pie straight out of the oven, and people loved them.

    Local politicians attending the business launch last month in Goondiwindi, including State member Lawrence Springborg, not only because they love a good pie, and love seeing local businesses do great things, but also the potential of this truck to provide a service during times of natural disasters.

    Being able to provide a meal for 4000 people purely from the stock on-board is unheard of in the past.

    So come along, check out this sensational mobile bakery, celebrate local entrepreneurship and enjoy one of Australia’s most iconic national dishes, the meat pie

      10 months ago
  • A very good question.

      10 months ago