Archbishop Elpidophoros of America directed the parish priests of the Direct Archdiocesan District to offer Holy Communion by using multiple metal spoons that will be used for one time only, Greeknewsonline reported on Sunday.
According to the report, Elpidophoros’ instructions are contained in a memo dated May 18, marked “For priests only.”
In the memo, which included the instructions that it “should not under any circumstance be posted, shared or copied to email or social media,” directives are given to the priests belonging to the Metropolis of the Archbishop regarding church services. The Direct Archdiocesan District includes New York, Connecticut and Washington, D.C.
Greeknewsonline says that other Metropolitans chose either not to mention anything, or in the case of the Metropolitan of Atlanta, to write that Communion will be offered in the usual way, using one spoon for all parishioners.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo allowed church services to restart in a directive dated Thursday May 21st, but each service’s attendance is limited to ten people.
Dr. George Pavlakis, head of the Human Retrovirus Section of the Vaccine Branch at the National Institute of Health in Washington, DC, applauded the decision by His Eminence.
“As a scientist I am happy for the decision of the Archbishop of America to develop a responsible protocol for the protection of the people that participate in church services and want Communion.
“The instructions of the Archdiocese for church going and for individual communion service, if applied faithfully, help in the protection of the public and they are also in agreement with the orders of the state authorities,” Pavlakis said, according to the report from Greeknewsonline.