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(WMUR New Hampshire)   Even the church higher-ups are telling the local clergy to knock it off with the magic spoon stuff and respect the science   (wmur.com) divider line
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2020-10-01 9:56:49 PM  
My first communion was before Covid-19. The priest had called me into his office to congratulate me.

It was a touching experience.
 
2020-10-01 10:19:48 PM  
"Starved of communion" is a phrase I could ponder for hours.
 
2020-10-01 10:25:05 PM  
It's not a magic spoon, it's a sacred spoon. It's a sublime, numinous, inviolate, heavenly spoon. The spoon of the unnameable. This is one sacrosanct spoon. It's dedicated, pious, consecrated, and unutterably divine.

I mean, this is a nice spoon.
 
2020-10-01 10:25:33 PM  
I'm an atheist but I understand that taking Communion is very important to Christians. I do not understand the significance of using a shared spoon to take it. How does that work? Can't they just each bring their own, clean spoon so they aren't swapping spit?
 
2020-10-01 10:26:03 PM  
I make single 1" rounds of loaves and people are 6 feet apart with individual cups.

Fark tradition. We figured out a way to do it. Jesus doesn't mind.
 
2020-10-01 10:26:12 PM  

edmo: "Starved of communion" is a phrase I could ponder for hours.


They want another bite of Yeshua.

I hear he's tasty and cannibals gonna cannibal.
 
2020-10-01 10:29:46 PM  

meanmutton: I'm an atheist but I understand that taking Communion is very important to Christians. I do not understand the significance of using a shared spoon to take it. How does that work? Can't they just each bring their own, clean spoon so they aren't swapping spit?


I can see it being a symbol of community/togetherness.

That said, it's not uncommon for religions to say "these are the rules and customs, but things are flexible under extreme circumstances".  Happens all the time with dietary restrictions when there's a health risk, for instance.
 
2020-10-01 10:30:03 PM  
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There is no spoon.
 
2020-10-01 10:34:30 PM  
When my kids did their 1st Communion I told them under no circumstances were they to drink from a common vessel. Don't care what's in it, no way no how.
 
2020-10-01 10:35:59 PM  
The jews, as usual, had this shiat figured out decades ago. The wine was served in little disposable medicine cups.
 
2020-10-01 10:38:54 PM  
That's a thing?

No wonder heavily Catholic areas get so hard hit by plagues and pandemics.
 
2020-10-01 10:43:04 PM  

Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: That's a thing?

No wonder heavily Catholic areas get so hard hit by plagues and pandemics.


It was a Greek Orthodox Church.
 
2020-10-01 10:45:06 PM  

Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: That's a thing?

No wonder heavily Catholic areas get so hard hit by plagues and pandemics.


Catholics use a single antimicrobial silver cup.

Greek othodox use the spoon.

Presbyterians dip the bread into a communal cup, but don't drink.

Southern Baptist use grapejuice but everyone gets their own cup.

/ There must be 50 ways to take the host
 
2020-10-01 10:45:36 PM  
I happen to have it on good authority that the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true.  The vessel from the pestle has the pellet with the poison.
So I guess I'm good.
Oh, look a vessel!
 
2020-10-01 10:46:24 PM  
i am for separation of Church and covid.
 
2020-10-01 10:48:55 PM  
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2020-10-01 10:51:32 PM  

Weatherkiss: Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: That's a thing?

No wonder heavily Catholic areas get so hard hit by plagues and pandemics.

It was a Greek Orthodox Church.


Pericles couldn't be reached for comment.
 
2020-10-01 10:52:19 PM  

Sir Paul: Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: That's a thing?

No wonder heavily Catholic areas get so hard hit by plagues and pandemics.

Catholics use a single antimicrobial silver cup.

Greek othodox use the spoon.

Presbyterians dip the bread into a communal cup, but don't drink.

Southern Baptist use grapejuice but everyone gets their own cup.

/ There must be 50 ways to take the host


Farkin' narc-ass Baptists!
 
2020-10-01 10:53:02 PM  

edmo: "Starved of communion" is a phrase I could ponder for hours.


Thomas Merton certainly did. Also, Hildegard of Bingen was a trip and a half.

/The Moon is the Buddha
 
2020-10-01 10:53:31 PM  
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2020-10-01 10:57:36 PM  

meanmutton: I'm an atheist but I understand that taking Communion is very important to Christians. I do not understand the significance of using a shared spoon to take it. How does that work? Can't they just each bring their own, clean spoon so they aren't swapping spit?


If you are last, you get to pound all the other guys cottons.
 
2020-10-01 11:08:09 PM  
Farking morons.
 
2020-10-01 11:11:08 PM  

meanmutton: I'm an atheist but I understand that taking Communion is very important to Christians. I do not understand the significance of using a shared spoon to take it. How does that work? Can't they just each bring their own, clean spoon so they aren't swapping spit?


As another atheist, I admire your willingness to assume there's some measure of logic to be found here. I gave up long ago.
 
2020-10-01 11:14:54 PM  
If you build the network, the virus will use it.

/expected some Tick up in here
 
amb [TotalFark]
2020-10-01 11:21:31 PM  
Just mix it in with the chili. Serve everyone their own bowl. Worked for Michael Valentine Smith.
 
2020-10-01 11:28:34 PM  

mateomaui: meanmutton: I'm an atheist but I understand that taking Communion is very important to Christians. I do not understand the significance of using a shared spoon to take it. How does that work? Can't they just each bring their own, clean spoon so they aren't swapping spit?

As another atheist, I admire your willingness to assume there's some measure of logic to be found here. I gave up long ago.


Spoons are important symbols. For example, the English royal family has been baptized from the same spoon for a few hundred years. They represent all kinds of family continuity. The difference in communions being Occidental churches use chalices or cups from the Last Supper as they describe it; the Oriental churches (with a pope in Constantinople) tell the story with the spoon containing the blood from the Last Supper (IIRC).
 
2020-10-01 11:33:06 PM  
Well Rome is home to the Holy See.  Clearly a 1st world nation.  The pope gives the orders.  Non-American Cathics follow it.
On second thought, this is kind of surprising.
 
2020-10-01 11:44:47 PM  
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2020-10-01 11:50:54 PM  

Sir Paul: / There must be 50 ways to take the host


Get your own chalice, Alice.
Just stick out your tongue, Jung.
Don't cough up a lung, though
Take it on your knee, Bree.
And set yourself free.
 
2020-10-01 11:52:58 PM  
Gross. Gag me with a spoon!
 
2020-10-01 11:54:01 PM  
Don't you listen to those heathens.
If your faith is strong and true, you will never get the China virus,
And if you do, it is because you didn't believe in Jesus and Donald Trump passionately enough. And you didn't put enough in the offering plate.
 
2020-10-02 12:07:01 AM  
Shouldn't they have stopped this in the 19th century, when they discovered bacteria?
 
2020-10-02 12:18:27 AM  

NeoCortex42: meanmutton: I'm an atheist but I understand that taking Communion is very important to Christians. I do not understand the significance of using a shared spoon to take it. How does that work? Can't they just each bring their own, clean spoon so they aren't swapping spit?

I can see it being a symbol of community/togetherness.

That said, it's not uncommon for religions to say "these are the rules and customs, but things are flexible under extreme circumstances".  Happens all the time with dietary restrictions when there's a health risk, for instance.


In the saner religious communities not bound by blind faith to a book they've never read. So America is farked.
 
2020-10-02 12:23:48 AM  
It may be that COVID is finally God proving he exists.

No, wait! Hear me out! God is proving he exists by showing his smarter followers that the fundamentalists are wrong in every respect. He's showing them that medicine and science is the way to go.

What we're seeing is the 21st century version of smiting. Less awesome than a lightning bolt, but just as deadly.
 
2020-10-02 12:40:12 AM  

Sir Paul: Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: That's a thing?

No wonder heavily Catholic areas get so hard hit by plagues and pandemics.

Catholics use a single antimicrobial silver cup.

Greek othodox use the spoon.

Presbyterians dip the bread into a communal cup, but don't drink.

Southern Baptist use grapejuice but everyone gets their own cup.

/ There must be 50 ways to take the host


There hasn't been wine offered at (Catholic) mass for months now, at least around here. Same as bad flu seasons. Plus, public mass was suspended for a long time completely. Some of my cousins' kids were supposed to get first communions in May but they were delayed. The ones in Washington state got theirs in August, the one in Boston hasn't been able to have it yet.

With mass being celebrated in person again, you have to reserve a spot that to respect the limited capacity. Pews are taped off or removed altogether, or mass is held outside if the weather permits, to allow for social distancing. You have to wear a mask--if you have health reasons for not wearing a mask, they should also prevent you from going to church. The "Sunday obligation" to attend mass once a week isn't in effect right now anyway, and illness is always a reason to not go.

Normally in the US, people receive the host (bread) in their hands, with a few receiving it on their tongues. The latter isn't allowed now either, at least in the greater Seattle area, and only the priest is passing out the host instead of having several Eucharist ministers helping. I've been a Eucharistic minister; I vastly prefer people receiving in their hands as putting the host on tongues is just awkward.

I've been to mass a few times since it's been allowed, and the priests all clean their hands with sanitizer a few times throughout the mass. No singing during mass either, as apparently that that spreads germs further.
 
2020-10-02 12:57:52 AM  

RedVentrue: edmo: "Starved of communion" is a phrase I could ponder for hours.

They want another bite of Yeshua.

I hear he's tasty and cannibals gonna cannibal.


The question is, Does he need salt?
 
2020-10-02 12:59:37 AM  

Sir Paul: Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: That's a thing?

No wonder heavily Catholic areas get so hard hit by plagues and pandemics.

Catholics use a single antimicrobial silver cup.

Greek othodox use the spoon.

Presbyterians dip the bread into a communal cup, but don't drink.

Southern Baptist use grapejuice but everyone gets their own cup.

/ There must be 50 ways to take the host


... Instead of "Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover", it's "Fifty Ways to Eat Your Savior"?
 
2020-10-02 1:01:22 AM  

gnosis301: Sir Paul: / There must be 50 ways to take the host

Get your own chalice, Alice.
Just stick out your tongue, Jung.
Don't cough up a lung, though
Take it on your knee, Bree.
And set yourself free.


I doff my hat to you, Sir!
 
2020-10-02 1:09:35 AM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: RedVentrue: edmo: "Starved of communion" is a phrase I could ponder for hours.

They want another bite of Yeshua.

I hear he's tasty and cannibals gonna cannibal.

The question is, Does he need salt?


He's perfect without it so I hear.
 
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2020-10-02 1:36:41 AM  
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2020-10-02 2:59:28 AM  

Bennie Crabtree: mateomaui: meanmutton: I'm an atheist but I understand that taking Communion is very important to Christians. I do not understand the significance of using a shared spoon to take it. How does that work? Can't they just each bring their own, clean spoon so they aren't swapping spit?

As another atheist, I admire your willingness to assume there's some measure of logic to be found here. I gave up long ago.

Spoons are important symbols. For example, the English royal family has been baptized from the same spoon for a few hundred years. They represent all kinds of family continuity. The difference in communions being Occidental churches use chalices or cups from the Last Supper as they describe it; the Oriental churches (with a pope in Constantinople) tell the story with the spoon containing the blood from the Last Supper (IIRC).


"Important" clearly is a relative concept here.
 
2020-10-02 5:54:37 AM  

big pig peaches: The jews, as usual, had this shiat figured out decades ago. The wine was served in little disposable medicine cups.


They actually make little ketchup packets with wine in them for Communion.
 
2020-10-02 7:23:25 AM  
No, we must respect people's mentally ill superstitions over science, says only lunatics and dumbasses.
 
2020-10-02 9:06:36 AM  

NeoCortex42: meanmutton: I'm an atheist but I understand that taking Communion is very important to Christians. I do not understand the significance of using a shared spoon to take it. How does that work? Can't they just each bring their own, clean spoon so they aren't swapping spit?

I can see it being a symbol of community/togetherness.

That said, it's not uncommon for religions to say "these are the rules and customs, but things are flexible under extreme circumstances".  Happens all the time with dietary restrictions when there's a health risk, for instance.


I was curious about that.   The online information on the Greek Orthodox doctrine on the Eucharist said that, during communion, substance is transmuted but not transubstantiated.   I'm going to guess that that makes storage unproblematic and Solo cups filled with wine served with hard rolls unproblematic.  Party on, dudes.

/my late wife's Pentecostal church served grape juice in plastic thimbles.  Why bother?
//I didn't join.
 
2020-10-02 11:59:37 AM  
Dead parishioners don't put money in the collection plate.
 
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