The Dutch bishops announced measures related to the outbreak of the coronavirus. These are related for the most part to the rite of peace and the distribution of the communion.
In December started in China an outbreak of the coronavirus, that can make people sick. The most patients with this virus have fever and breathing complains.
All over the world measures are being taken to prevent the virus to spread further. On the 27th February was the virus for the first time in the Netherlands in a person found.
The most important measures that the Dutch National Institute of Health (RIVM) advises to prevent the spread of the coronavirus are the following:
- Wash the hands regularly;
- If you are to sneeze or cough please cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow;
- Use disposable paper tissues.
Now that the virus is found in the Netherlands, the Dutch bishops make known that starting on Sunday, the 1st of March, the following measures will be taken in the Dutch Roman Catholic community, and as long as the virus still is not under control:
- During the ceremonies in the parishes and institutions, receiving the communion in the tongue is not possible;
- The communion can only be received on the hand and can only be given by the celebrant priest;
- The chalice of the communion is reserved for the celebrant;
- During the rite of peace parishioners do not shake hands;
- Holy water won’t be available while entering or leaving the church.
The bishops ask the parishioners to pray for all the people in the world that are victims of the virus and for all who guide patients with their care and expertise. Bishops abroad, where the coronavirus was previously found, have also announced measures, either as a bishop’s conference or as a diocese. For information check our source here: rkliturgie.nl