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Responding to recent concerns from the Catholic community and wider society of the Church’s decision to adjust its liturgical practices because of the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, Archbishop Jason Gordon wants to make this clear: the Precious Blood of Jesus cannot be contaminated, rather, it is the passing of the chalice from hand to hand that can transmit the virus.

“I believe in the power of the Blood,” the Archbishop asserted on Shepherd’s Corner Thursday, March 5.

He however explained that in a time where there is a “high medical alert”, the prudence that we must all exercise is in the abundance of caution.

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