Coronavirus concerns lead Church to issue directives on Communion

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Eucharist should always be received by hand – never by mouth – to prevent the spread of disease in the wake of the global coronavirus outbreak, the Church in Malta said.

In a directive issued to members of the clergy, Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Galea Curmi and Chancellor Lawrence Gatt also emphasised that people should not drink directly from the Chalice on the occasions where it is used during Communion.

Priests are urged to disinfect their hands before the start of mass, and where necessary, even directly before Communion begins. Extraordinary ministers of Communion are also asked to ensure that their hands have been properly disinfected before giving Communion.

“It is our responsibility to take all the measures necessary to avoid the spread of disease, especially on occasions where large congregations of people gather – such as in churches and church halls,” Mgr Galea Curmi and Mgr Gatt maintained.