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Is it possible to get sick from drinking from the Eucharistic cup?

Full Question

Is it possible to get sick from drinking from the Eucharistic cup?


Yes. The precious blood does not inoculate a cup against germs that cause illness.

Reasonable care should be taken to clean the cup between communicants. If there is an epidemic illness, it may be prudent to distribute only the host.



  1. Peter Spasic Reply

    Why not use small glasses? After all, there are many congregations having mass at any given time – so they’re not all drinking from the one cup anyway.
    “it may be prudent to distribute only the host” – surely not. That would not be partaking in the body and blood…

  2. Irene Michaud-Bradford Reply

    I never worry about germs in the first place. Didn’t Jesus say He wanted us to live abundantly and without dismay? Surely He carries us always and if I do get sick from the blessed cup then it would be God’s Will so I will not worry.

  3. Eileen Baston Reply

    Dipping the host as in the old days would be nice.

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