Corona Virus Tips from the Rev. Paul Snyder

Corona Virus Tips from the Rev. Paul Snyder

More information on the Corona Virus 

I hope most of you got to review the letter put out by Bishop Ed on this topic. We have been in contact with the Episcopal Relief and Development so we can pass on information. The following information is not to alarm anyone or make anyone afraid to come to church. The chance of you getting this illness is low at this time and we want to see everyone in church unless you are sick; in that case then stay home. Corona Virus is spread by coughing or sneezing, please cover mouth if this happens as it can affect anyone within 6 to 7 feet.

Taking communion should be safe, the Priests are aware to take safety practices and should show the others serving at the altar.  It is hard for an illness to be passed by most common cups because of the types of metal that they are made of and because turning the cup and purificator reduces the chance of passing on illness. If you are concerned, then just receive the Body of Christ and not the cup. Intinction should be avoided as hands might come in contact with the wine.

Coronavirus disease is a respiratory illness and precaution should be taken as one would to guard against a cold or flu as this illness is a step up from flu having some of the same signs. It is transmitted by fluids so wash or clean hands often when touching common things such as doorknobs. It is recommended that you wash your hands for 20 seconds (between fingers and nails). Hand sanitizer will help but masks do very little to help as the illness can enter thought any membrane such as eyes.

Children are less likely to get a severe case, rather it is ones with weakened immune systems or elderly.  However, in children’s areas remove stuffed animals and clean the play toys.  Alcohol is not a good cleaner. You may want to stock up on medication in case you feel ill and cannot get out. Some are hoping there will be medicine to stop this virus in a year of two but other medical professionals believe it is not likely, so we need to stay safe. It is also recommended to get a flu shot.
This virus should not change our lives as we move forward with our day to day things such as work, school or going to church. As you pray remember the health workers and if you have any in your church, they may be a good resource.
We will be sending out additional resources as we finalize them. Until then, please continue to check out the CDC, WHO, Faith-Based response to COVID--19, and your local health departments for updates. 

A prayer When You Cannot Attend Worship: 
In union, O Lord, with your faithful people at every altar of your Church, where the Holy Eucharist is now being celebrated. I desire to offer you praise and thanksgiving. I remember your death, Lord Christ; I proclaim your resurrection; I await your coming in glory. And since I cannot receive you today in the Sacrament of your Body and Blood, I beseech you to come spiritually into my heart. Cleanse and strengthen me with your grace, Lord Jesus, and let me never be separated from you. May I live in you, and you in me, in this life and the life to come. Amen.
- Prayer Book for the Armed Forces (1988)

Remember we are loving Christians doing Christ’s work by helping others. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.

Rev. Paul Snyder, Deacon
Disaster Preparedness
Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
psnyder@epiok.org
(405) 232-4820

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