“I am one of those who would go to church but I would recommend to people over 65 who have heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, kidney problems or immunocompromised, until the dust settles and the cases are reduced, to watch the Divine Communion on TV from their home,” the Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Athens, Eleni Giamarellou, told Realfm 97.8.
“We are making a big deal out of nothing. Holy Communion is a sacrament. When you go to receive the Holy Communion, it is not a routine, you receive it because it is the body and blood of Christ. Either you believe it and you receive the Holy Communion or you don’t believe it. There are no-compromise solutions, such as teaspoons etc. I am totally against them. If we believe it, we do not tempt fate. If I think this can be a source of infection, then I don’t believe in the greatest sacrament. People who want to receive the Holy Communion should not be afraid of the fact that it can transmit germs, she said.
Asked if she went to the church to receive the Holy Communion in the event that the former faithful was tested positive, Giamarellou replied, “I will receive the Holy Communion having strong faith in God that I will not catch any disease, especially when I participate in such a great sacrament. I tell you what I will do for myself and this is what I believe that everyone should do.”