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Coronavirus Guidance on Receiving Holy Communion

29 May 2020

Following the Guidelines on the Resumption of Public Worship Services in Churches in Hong Kong issued earlier, the Province Office now provides the following Coronavirus Guidance on Receiving Holy Communion, and a video clip has been made to demonstrate it to churches and parishioners. The video clip can be viewed on or downloaded from the provincial website at www.hkskh.org.

The Coronavirus Guidance on Receiving Holy Communion are as follows:

When a parishioner is about to take Holy Communion, s/he should follow the instruction of the servers to form a line and wait for one’s turn to receive the Host. One must keep wearing a facial mask, refrain from talking, and maintain a physical distance of one metre from other parishioners when queuing. Hands should be sanitised using alcohol-based handrub before taking communion. When hands have been sanitised, they should not be used to touch the mask or any other surfaces.

When a parishioner stands in front of a cleric, s/he should follow the four steps below to receive the Host:

  1. Place one palm over the other and wait for the priest to put the Host on one’s palm; do not reach out to take the Host to avoid touching other surfaces by accident;
  2. Once the Host is on one’s palm, a parishioner is to use the other hand that has not touched the Host to remove the loop of the mask from one of the ears, without touching either side of the mask;
  3. Consume the Host on the clean hand while the other hand is still holding the ear loop;
  4. Put the removed loop back around one’s ear and adjust the mask properly.

Children can take Holy Communion only when accompanied by their parent or guardian. They should all have to sanitise their hands first. After receiving the Host, the child should consume the Host immediately. The adult must then sanitise one’s hands again before taking Holy Communion oneself.

After taking Holy Communion, alcohol-based handrub must be used again to sanitise hands as soon as possible. Before hands are sanitised, parishioners should avoid touching eyes, nose, mouth, or any other surfaces. Upon returning to one’s seat, keep a moment of silence for prayers and thanksgiving, refrain from talking, and keep maintaining physical distance.

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