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Old Rite Priest, Berlin: “I disinfect my fingers before every holy communion”

Father Goesche celebrates the Old Rite in Berlin, Germany.
Ultraviolet
@DJRESQ May I suggest your parish priest employ the highest proof consumable alcohol available? You're lucky. Georgia still allows the sale of 190 proof Everclear. My own state, oweing to its high college/ university population, permits no higher than 151.
DJRESQ
He did give the alcohol a name, but I don't recall what he said about that because the issue is unimportant to me. Catholics and Orthodox have been distributing the Holy Eucharist with a common spoon for centuries on end. I'm sure health experts consider that to be terribly unsanitary (babies receive Holy Communion, and oftentimes the priest will hit a person's teeth or the inside of the mouth), …More
He did give the alcohol a name, but I don't recall what he said about that because the issue is unimportant to me. Catholics and Orthodox have been distributing the Holy Eucharist with a common spoon for centuries on end. I'm sure health experts consider that to be terribly unsanitary (babies receive Holy Communion, and oftentimes the priest will hit a person's teeth or the inside of the mouth), but no really gives it a second thought.
Ultraviolet
Hey, I wasn't being snarky. o.O We're talking about Communion here. Yes, it's been distributed this way for as long as you say and I'm not suggesting that should change. But people are different now, the diseases are different. I'll be the first one to say the Eucharist isn't a disease vector. But the utensils? eh.

Not all alcohol is the same, that's what I was getting at. You want the highest…More
Hey, I wasn't being snarky. o.O We're talking about Communion here. Yes, it's been distributed this way for as long as you say and I'm not suggesting that should change. But people are different now, the diseases are different. I'll be the first one to say the Eucharist isn't a disease vector. But the utensils? eh.

Not all alcohol is the same, that's what I was getting at. You want the highest "proof" you can get for maximum germ-killing. Priests are not naturally familiar with what to get at the liquor store. :D You could be doing everyone a world of good if you checked. But... if everyone's cool, well, at least I mentioned it.
DJRESQ
I didn't consider the prior comment snarky. I was merely stating that it's just not an issue with people in the Byzantine Rite. Whether Father was sterilizing the spoon or not, no one would have cared.

In fact, in one of the parishes, the priest had resorted to distributing the Holy Eucharist in the fashion that the Melkites do, and the people complained and said they wanted to maintain the …More
I didn't consider the prior comment snarky. I was merely stating that it's just not an issue with people in the Byzantine Rite. Whether Father was sterilizing the spoon or not, no one would have cared.

In fact, in one of the parishes, the priest had resorted to distributing the Holy Eucharist in the fashion that the Melkites do, and the people complained and said they wanted to maintain the traditional way: via spoon.

The liturgy was video'd, and I remember that Father used a term for the alcohol he was using, but I just didn't pay attention. Now I'm intrigued, and I'll have to listen to it again to see what he called it.
DJRESQ
Adding: I meant above that I didn't consider your prior comment snarky.
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DJRESQ
I asked Father today what type of alcohol he is using to sterilize the Communion spoon after each Communion, and he stated that it is Everclear, 95% alcohol.
Ultraviolet
That -will- do it! There's nothing stronger on the open market. :) Thank you for telling me, I -was- curious.
DJRESQ
Our parish is open for liturgy (outdoors), and after each communicant receives, Father disinfects the spoon using alcohol, although it's never been an issue in the past. We don't have to worry about Communion in the Hand because there is no such thing in the Byzantine Rite (except for deacons).