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Archdiocese of Oklahoma Changes Mass to Prevent Spread of Illness

Posted at 9:02 PM, Mar 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-05 22:02:33-05

OKLAHOMA CITY (KOCO-TV) — Things could be a little different the next time you go to mass.

The Archdiocese of Oklahoma is sending out new requirements on how Catholics receive holy communion and exchange signs of peace all due to the coronavirus, according to KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City.

The diocense is also temporarily discontinuing drinking communion from a chalice at mass.

Officials say you shouldn't hold or shake hands during mass or to share a sign of peace.

All will be given communion in the hand rather than the option of on your tongue.

"Some of the changes that we're making are just commonsense changes that we really like to do every year," said Diane Clay, communications director for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

If you're feeling sick, the Catholic church encourages parishioners to stay home to prevent spreading an illness.

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