In order to ensure the well-being of our congregation and staff, we are adopting the following practices at the Cathedral based on World Health Organisation guidelines.
Alcohol-based rub will be available for the congregation at the entrances to the Cathedral. Clergy will refrain from shaking hands as people leave, but will still attempt a warm welcome. During the service the following changes will be made:
The Greeting of Peace
During the greeting of peace, clergy and people are encouraged to refrain from shaking hands and just greet one another with the words ‘peace be with you’ (if desired with a smile and a wave).
The Common Cup
Before handling the elements and communion vessels, clergy and servers will wash their hands with an appropriate alcohol-based rub. Any wine remaining in the chalice will be reverently disposed of to the ground and not consumed.