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Ebola:Anglican Primate suspends handshake during Communion

The Primate of the Church Of Nigeria Anglican Communion the Most Revd Nicholas Okoh on Sunday suspended shaking of hands during communion.

He also said the church would from September roll out measures to its faithful as pre-conditional measures to ward off the rampaging Ebola virus.

According to a statement, the Primate said the church , before September, would start to “implement some measures in the conduct of its Holy Communion service.”

The statement said: “He therefore announced the suspension of the shaking of hands during exchange of the peace, and also the age – long mouth method of administering communion.

“Primate Okoh while delivering a sermon at the Cathedral Church of The Advent Life Camp Abuja said communicants would from yesterday dip bread in the wine and into their mouths. This is aimed at preventing the spread of the disease- if it exists- through physical contact.

“Communicants adhered strictly to this instruction while receiving the communion in the church yesterday.

“The Primate said other stringent measures would be announced in September after the meeting of the Church in council in Enugu.“He said it was exigent for the church to take drastic measures to curb the fast spread of the deadly disease.

“The Primate however allayed the fears of the congregation that the Almighty God is always there to protect those who “have abiding faith in Him”.

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