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Sunday, 10 August 2014

Ebola: Catholic Church suspends ‘sign of peace’, Anglican primate suspends handshake

As the fear of the spread of Ebola sweeps across Nigeria, Catholic churches in Lagos have suspended the 'sign of peace' where the congregation shake hands during mass. While some Anglican churches have suspended handshakes during communion.

The Archbishop of Lagos Adewale Martins released a statement yesterday saying that while the handshakes have been suspended, Catholic priests should continue the traditional hand to mouth method of given Holy Communion for now, but asked the priest to make sure their hands don't touch the tongues of the recipient. He also said Holy Water bowls usually placed at the entrance of churches should be discontinued to contain the spread of the virus.

In the same vain, the Primate of the Church Of Nigeria Anglican Communion the Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh today suspended shaking of hands during the exchange of the peace. He also suspended the age long mouth method of administering communion. He said this is aimed at preventing the spread of the disease through physical contact.

68 Comments:

  • At 10 August 2014 at 21:07 , Blogger Angie Cape said...

    This is serious.
    The devil is a liar!

    * My R1.50c comment *

     
  • At 10 August 2014 at 21:09 , Blogger Ceeflo said...

    Ebola! Jeez! Its affecting everywhere sector of the country! Even Boko haram Lol!

     
  • At 10 August 2014 at 21:09 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    It makes plenty sense for now,b4 1 guy with too much faith go put hand inside the water come spread the Virus to 100s or 1000s

     
  • At 10 August 2014 at 21:09 , Blogger Bishop Dammy said...

    Everyman trying to be careful.. *sighs. Well follow your leader. Deut 17:7. BishopDammy#

     
  • At 10 August 2014 at 21:11 , Blogger Zenki Moye Brown said...

    LOL..... D ONLY CURE TO EBOLA IS PREVENTION.......... EVRYONE GAT TO BE CAREFUL......
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    .ZB

     
  • At 10 August 2014 at 21:14 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Thank you,sir, Nicholas Okoh. People come dey think say I nor know myself as I nor go for Holy Communion.

     
  • At 10 August 2014 at 21:15 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I hope they bring all these traditions back when Ebola passes. Because this too shall pass.

    Kimmy*****

     
  • At 10 August 2014 at 21:18 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    This is very beautiful.
    I actually attended my husband''s family church and had to bend down and pretended to be praying when it was time to do that.

    It is a wonderful idea.

     
  • At 10 August 2014 at 21:18 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    This is very beautiful.
    I actually attended my husband''s family church and had to bend down and pretended to be praying when it was time to do that.

    It is a wonderful idea.

     
  • At 10 August 2014 at 21:19 , Blogger chidera robert said...

    Hahahaha pervention is better than cure..he that is in Ebola is greater than he that is in handshake

     
  • At 10 August 2014 at 21:21 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    No be small thing ohh...If d Church can take preventive measures while do others deceive themselves by saying let's go and pray..

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  • At 10 August 2014 at 21:21 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Lol,Linda,I ws surprise O in church 2day when dia ws no hand shaking.. Ebola biko lv us alone O!

     
  • At 10 August 2014 at 21:22 , Anonymous Gladys said...

    God almighty, pls save ur pple

     
  • At 10 August 2014 at 21:27 , Blogger Chika Ekesi said...

    Nice one! My priest is yet to hear of this o

     
  • At 10 August 2014 at 21:30 , Blogger nella said...

    Cool

     
  • At 10 August 2014 at 21:38 , Anonymous Jerry said...

    Lord have Mercy.

     
  • At 10 August 2014 at 21:44 , Blogger ella john said...

    that's good at least it will help minimize physical contacts.
    FACE OF LIB

     
  • At 10 August 2014 at 21:45 , Blogger hilary obiorah said...

    Ebola is real

     
  • At 10 August 2014 at 21:47 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Nice one,since d disease can be contracted tru contract ,me no dey shake again

     
  • At 10 August 2014 at 21:47 , Anonymous yaxx said...

    God is still d greatest

     
  • At 10 August 2014 at 21:52 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Una do well o.

     
  • At 10 August 2014 at 21:52 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    The government should quarantine the immigration officers and airport officials that must have had contact with Liberia man at the point of entry Nigeria, is very important. This immigration officers and airport officials definitely did check on his international passport and travel documents, I believe customs and other airport officials must have check his luggage. This is very important. Airport officials may like carry the virus ebola and start spreading to others coming into Nigeria, and to friends and family or anyone they had contact with. because by law, you must submit your travel documents and by law officials must check your luggage. Let us pray and also learn to stop the spread of this deadly epidemic called ebola. We shall win this fight.

     
  • At 10 August 2014 at 21:53 , Blogger Valentine N Egbuna said...

    Lol we did it in our church today ooo,it was really funny. Some people refused offering their hands 4 sign of peace. Its a good development. I'm out. ***CATCH ME IF U CAN***

     
  • At 10 August 2014 at 21:53 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Highly commendable

     
  • At 10 August 2014 at 21:59 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I almost shake hand wit aa bro beside me today. LIB Princess!

     
  • At 10 August 2014 at 22:06 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    imaging wat dis world is turning in2

     
  • At 10 August 2014 at 22:10 , Blogger Queen reign said...

    Even priest dey fear? Lolz

    queenreigneth@gmail.com

     
  • At 10 August 2014 at 22:14 , Blogger Shoutozone said...

    Very good! If churches culd be less spiritual and embrace steps like dis, i think they'd go a long way in preventin d widespread of ebola

     
  • At 10 August 2014 at 22:18 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Before 'we' self destruct!


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  • At 10 August 2014 at 22:31 , Anonymous barmmie creamy said...

    Omg,this ish scares d hell outta me,i go everywhere wif ma hand sanitizer,wash ma hands frequently like kilode,ma friends think I'm a freak*lmao*buh seriously i can't wait for all these to die down. U can't even shake or hug,i knw it can only be contacted wen d symptoms is fully out,buh den it scares me out. Aunty linda can u jst stp dis Ebola news for a day?*sighs*i pray we find a permanent cure to dis in naija it is well.

     
  • At 10 August 2014 at 23:07 , Blogger Chinonso Ohamara said...

    lol

     
  • At 10 August 2014 at 23:12 , Blogger EVA said...

    Dis world is endin soon and maybe ebola wil wipe out the human race

     
  • At 10 August 2014 at 23:23 , Blogger Olaleye Adisa said...

    Na wha o, this Ebola wahala no be small thing o. God na ur hand we dey o.
    ⌣̊┈̥-̶̯͡»̶̥♡thanks ⌣̊┈̥-̶̯͡»̶̥ 

     
  • At 10 August 2014 at 23:24 , Blogger Olaleye Adisa said...

    Na wha o, this Ebola wahala no be small thing o. God na ur hand we dey o.
    ⌣̊┈̥-̶̯͡»̶̥♡thanks ⌣̊┈̥-̶̯͡»̶̥ 

     
  • At 10 August 2014 at 23:24 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    What is nigeria turning into?

     
  • At 10 August 2014 at 23:24 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    lol... who wan die.. oya bishop dammy take over..#marshallmatters

     
  • At 10 August 2014 at 23:24 , Anonymous Thelma said...

    Wish decision. May God have mercy on our souls and body.

     
  • At 10 August 2014 at 23:51 , Blogger Shina Shine said...

    may God help us





    BORN TO SHINE!!!!

     
  • At 11 August 2014 at 00:04 , Blogger Osarhiemen Agbonkonkon said...

    @Robert, God is greater than Ebola.

    Its a good decision the Church has made.
    Meanwhile,let's continue to pray for ourselves, our families and Nigeria as a whole for God's mercy in this time of trial. We should also keep to the preventive method of washing our hands with soap and water frequently.
    God is with us.

     
  • At 11 August 2014 at 00:06 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    God am so tired of this ebola. Pls let it stop.AMYsexy

     
  • At 11 August 2014 at 00:11 , Blogger Vivian Chekwube said...

    Its nt all abt suspending everything. Wats nw d new method or way forward

     
  • At 11 August 2014 at 01:19 , Anonymous Shyla said...

    Ahh, our own jump am move straight to "lamb of God" part oh.

     
  • At 11 August 2014 at 02:47 , Anonymous Olameedey said...

    Prevention is better than cure!

     
  • At 11 August 2014 at 02:55 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Nigerians are so so ignorant and superstitious. Nobody with the virus would be strong enough to go to church. He/she would most likely be lying comatose somewhere. Anyway I am not surprised cos the most ignorant and superstitious peeps I know are churchgoers with their silly beliefs in witches, devils, satan, etc.

     
  • At 11 August 2014 at 06:51 , Anonymous shalom said...

    Ignorant and self belief are the key

     
  • At 11 August 2014 at 07:08 , Blogger Osasinmwinma Omoregie said...

    It's not fear, it's to make sure the disease is contained and not spread and increase the tension in the nation and to prevent the death rate,because there is no drug been released till 2015.


    Linda post my comment.

     
  • At 11 August 2014 at 07:12 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    From my own point of view am thinking that this is a plague from God. Therefore It is time to seek His face because the world has sinned and has fallen shot of His glory. Imagine a world where all sorts of immortality and abominations thrives and we Africans are emulating it in the name of civilisation. Imagine a world where they legalised gay marriages and some of our African leaders supported while some are still clamouring for it. We forgot so soon why Sodom and Gomorah was destroyed. In the bible whenever the God's people is going contrary to His commandments, he normally punish them by sending a plague to destroy them until they repent from their sin and ask for mercy.
    So my brethren, if you think deep about this Ebola virus that has no cure yet and remember the stories in the bible, you will agree with me that no amount of salt bath, personal hygiene or carefulness will keep you away from contacting this deadly virus ..
    It is time to repent from our sins and seek His face for His mercies endureth forever. ..
    only if our leaders will understand.
    Good morning Africa !!!

     
  • At 11 August 2014 at 07:16 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Lol

     
  • At 11 August 2014 at 07:16 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Lol

     
  • At 11 August 2014 at 07:22 , Blogger purity C said...

    God punish devil

     
  • At 11 August 2014 at 07:22 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    From my own point of view am thinking that this is a plague from God. Therefore It is time to seek His face because the world has sinned and has fallen shot of His glory.
    Imagine a world where all sorts of immortality and abominations thrives and we Africans are emulating it in the name of civilisation.
    Imagine a world where they legalised gay marriages and some of our African leaders supported while some are still clamouring for it. We forgot so soon why Sodom and Gomorah was destroyed. In the bible whenever the God's people is going contrary to His commandments, he normally punish them by sending a plague to destroy them until they repent from their sin and ask for mercy.
    So my brethren, if you think deep about this Ebola virus that has no cure yet and how it spreads, you will agree with me that no amount of salt bath, personal hygiene or carefulness will keep you away from contacting this deadly virus.
    It is time to seek His face for His mercies endureth forever. ...
    Only if our leaders will understand.
    Good morning Africa !

     
  • At 11 August 2014 at 07:45 , Anonymous Esty kudos said...

    Yes o. Extreme times call for extreme measures. This too shal pass away. It always does

     
  • At 11 August 2014 at 08:06 , Blogger umanah nse said...

    Then they should stop giving holy communion then, since its the priest that can put the communion in their mouth n his hand mustn't touch their tongue, how sure are they that the hand the priest used in picking the bread is not infected? so, na the priest holy pass sey? Its only God that can save.

     
  • At 11 August 2014 at 09:07 , Blogger David Ugwem said...

    "Mama P" was right when she said " all diz tins u people are shearing...diaris God ooo" its only God that can save us in this misfortune. If not how else can a human leave without having a body contact with another fellow human. These are indeed signs. Maybe our sins are now too high and great for forgiveness hence this dreaded virus. May God have mercy on us all

     
  • At 11 August 2014 at 09:10 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hmmmmm,church tradition will fail but God's mysteries stands forever

     
  • At 11 August 2014 at 09:18 , Anonymous Emperor said...

    Some Pentecostal churches will rather claim to cure these Ebola victims through "deliverance" instead of reporting such cases to the ministry of health.

     
  • At 11 August 2014 at 09:22 , Blogger Stephanie e said...

    Hmmmm. Not sure i know what to say about this. Would Jesus have done the same? *thinking* Guys, Do you seek a serious relationship? Try
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  • At 11 August 2014 at 09:44 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Nawa oooo. (Linda's Man)

     
  • At 11 August 2014 at 10:00 , Blogger MY TURN said...

    BEFORE... Yesterday in church the praise and worship wasn't intense so people don't over sweat. One pastor said sweat your own make i sweat my own and warned against handshakes and unnecessary hugs

     
  • At 11 August 2014 at 10:53 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    lol.... @shyla, dat was funy

     
  • At 11 August 2014 at 12:00 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    A true Minister of God does not fear Ebola bccos the word of God in psalm 91 explain to u the position of a true child of God. Only Unbeliever Panics & fear Ebola.

     
  • At 11 August 2014 at 12:32 , Blogger Floetry In Motion said...

    y'all should watch these movies: PANIC AT ROCK ISLAND and OUTBREAK. you will be gripped with fear! the movies give u better knowledge of this deadly Ebola is...

     
  • At 11 August 2014 at 12:32 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Mr anon 7:12, GOD doesn't send plague, HE is a MERCIFUL GOD. Things like this are from the devil and if u have Christ in u, it shall not come near u.

     
  • At 11 August 2014 at 12:56 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    This people are just practicing religion not Faith, and without Faith it is impossible to please GOD. If the so called holy water is really holy, disease can not come near it. If u know what a Holy communion is, u will not say this. Holy communion is the blood and body of Christ, and no disease can survive in it. Even if u came with any disease and u take the communion by faith, it will terminate the disease. if we truly believe in God, we should give HIM our undivided attention, and trust every thing HE says totally. This life is more of spiritual than physical. As Christians non of these disease can come near us. If JESUS were to be on earth at this period,HE will lay hand on any ebola victim and cast out the disease, and as His children we can do even more miracle than HE did while on earth. Greater is HE that is in us (christians born again) than he that is in the world. In my church we still shake hands,hug, take communion, and every other thing we do in our church meetings, we can't change it because of anything, we can't chang the things of the SPIRIT because of the things of the world. We are not of this world. We don't talk fear,failure,sickness or poverty, we only talk health,wealth,successes and faith. Fear is the devils tools to get at people but FAITH is the christians tools to live in success. Evang. Dan

     
  • At 11 August 2014 at 13:04 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    This people are just practicing religion not Faith, and without Faith it is impossible to please GOD. If we truly know God and who we are as Christians, we will not allow any thing come between us and our faith. Its only a canal man that can be so curiously minded with the things of this world.
    If the so called holy water is really holy, disease can not come near it. If u know what a Holy communion is, u will not say u will forfeit it because of a common disease. Holy communion is the blood and body of Christ, and no disease can survive in it. Even if u came with any disease and u take the communion by faith, it will terminate the disease immediately. there are so many christians who do not have faith,and this is so bad,that it can hinder the person from making Heaven. if we truly believe in God, we should give HIM our undivided attention, and trust every thing HE says totally. This life is more of spiritual than physical. As Christians non of these disease can come near us. If JESUS were to be on earth at this period,HE will lay hand on any ebola victim and cast out the disease, and as His children we can do even more miracle than HE did while on earth. Greater is HE that is in us (christians born again) than he that is in the world. In my church we still shake hands,hug, take communion, and every other thing we do in our church meetings, we can't change it because of anything, we can't chang the things of the SPIRIT because of the things of the world. We are not of this world. We don't talk fear,failure,sickness or poverty, we only talk health,wealth,successes and faith. Fear is the devils tools to get at people but FAITH is the christians tools to live in success. Evang. Dan

     
  • At 11 August 2014 at 16:16 , Blogger DADDYSWIFE said...

    Pls evang dan,do ur church hav branches in borno n if there r,r thy still operatin in borno n if they r not y? N if there s no branch pls I wil like to knw y

     
  • At 11 August 2014 at 18:37 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    @daddyswife, our church operates in borno and other northern states, we are making great impact there. But am not trying to say people should not be careful in deling with things,all am saying is if we say we believe in God we should believe HIM totally and everything HE says. Sickness or diseases doesn't belong to us. fear is satans tool to get at people. As a child of God we are not suppose to be sick, because we have a divine nature, but satan can use fear to still that from a believer. Greater is HE that is in us * evang. dan

     
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