Re: Holy crap: Holy water is full of fecal matter

From: Glen
Sent on: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 8:02 AM
I wonder if similar results would be found in a study of the "common cup" (a single communion chalice all the members drink from).  Many congregations still use it, tho many have gone to using individual shot-glass like disposable cups.  Church leaders in the past used to claim when using the common cup, the alcohol in the wine would kill any bacteria from people's mouths, but I was always skeptical of that, since 1. The alcohol content in communion wine is often low (or non-existent in churches that use grape juice instead of wine), and 2. Alcohol in the wine is not going to kill microbes in any slobber on the outside of the cup, which cannot be completely cleaned off between each drink. In the Lutheran church I went to the pastor would softly wipe the rim of the cup between users, which after many drinkers, was probably just smearing saliva around.  Other congregations dip pieces of bread or wafer in the common cup, and you know some are getting their dirty fingers into the wine or grape juice.  Sorry to anyone eating a meal during this post. Glen

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