I know, I know, the coronavirus is scary. It is highly contagious and spreads quickly. But do you know what, so does the influenza!
Here are some current statistics on the flu. However the media and politicians and country and worldwide, aren't creating mass hysteria and panic over the flu which has way more cases and way, way, way more deaths than the coronavirus has.
Here are actual statistics on the flu this season from the CDC and the coronavirus is no where near this in terms of severity! That virus is being promoted to harm the current administration during an election year:
Despite the projections that others place on me about being germ phobic, I am not, I am germ commonsensical. I have bitterly complained for years now, and yes since the Church allowed it in the early 1970's, that the common chalice is a disgusting liturgical custom, a little "t" tradition and a novelty for the Latin Rite that is unhygienic and if we came under the health department, we would be shut down for this public health breach.
I do not debate that more germs are gathered on our unwashed hands, especially after bathroom usuage, on doorknobs, railings, hymnals, the tops of pews and everywhere else, especially the air we breathe where people cough and sneeze.
But liturgically we have no control over those other factors of daily life. We do have control over the common chalice novelty.
Every year, the discontinuing of it during the flu season only exacerbates the fact that it shouldn't be used during non influenza times either. Anyone could be sick at any time of the year and cause someone else to get sick after the sick person has drunk from the chalice.
Ban the contaminated chalice! Period.
The same goes with the Sign of Peace, not only because of a concern of shaking hands, but others who take liberties in being overly friendly during the Sign of Peace, overly friendly strangers. We don't need that at Mass especially Catholicism where Sunday Mass is a dragnet of all kinds of people, not just a congregation of people who know each other well in informal circumstancnes.
The Sing of Peace is not needed prior to Holy Communion or anywhere else. The EF's Solemn High Mass "Kiss of Peace" is completely different in meaning and only exchanged in the Roman Way and amongst the clergy. The Solemn High form of the EF Mass is seldom celebrated in most parishes prior to Vatican II and even now after Summorum Pontificum.
And finally kneeling for Holy Communion and receiving on the tongue is a safeguard against hand to hand contact at Commuion when receiving in the hand or hand to tongue contact when receiving on the tongue while standing. Kneeling communicants who receive on the tongue helps prevent the priest from touching the tongue.
Priests and Communion Ministers in the OF Mass touch hands regularly when distributing Holy Communion to the hand! A simple observation of receiving Communion in the hand would prove it!