The Common Good
May-June 2001

To Sip or Dip?

by Rose Marie Berger, Susannah Hunter | May-June 2001

Christians who dip their bread in the common Communion cup for fear of
diseases are far more likely to get the common cold than those who sip.

Christians who dip their bread in the common Communion cup for fear of diseases are far more likely to get the common cold than those who sip. In addition, they are more likely to infect others with whatever bacteria the dippers may be carrying on their finger tips. All this is from Dr. David Gould, who was asked by the Anglican Church of Canada to conduct a study on eucharistic practice and the risk of infection. The study did not address whether sippers or dippers were more likely to lay down their lives for their friends.

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