Sunday, 8 March 2020

Religion in the Age of Coronavirus

Thanks to everyone who respected the change to the liturgy this morning. To be honest, over the last few months. after the Sign of Peace had turned into the Hug of Peace and then the Big Sloppy Kiss of Peace, I was thinking it was time to do something about it. And so today's Courteous Nod of Peace was, in my opinion, both more decorous and more hygienic. And so Jane Austen I think I might introduce box pews and preaching bands.

People have been asking about the chemicals used in Young Keith's patented All-Over Sanitizer, a shower-like device through which all worshippers had to pass before this morning's Occasion. Well, I can assure you that it's 100% organic. Which is to say, superheated surgical spirit and a hint of aloe vera. The good news is that, since so many people were suffering from peeling skin, they really weren't wanting to share the peace anyway.


  1. I am all for the Nod of Peace and long may it last after the virus has disappeared. Some people think nothing of giving you a crushing handshake at this point of the Liturgy. I actually had to have hospital treatment after one (and I am not joking) I did not know that the C of E had followed this custom.

  2. We have someone who taught us the Sign Language of passing on the peace, which you can do from a static position without wandering up and down the aisles to pass on the peace. We tried it out and it was good. So, that will be the norm for the time being.


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