This practice differs from Catholic and Protestant churches.
Traditionally in the Greek Orthodox church the priest feeds bread and wine directly into the mouth of worshippers.
The Greek Orthodox church has been slammed for placing bread and wine into the mouths of worshippers using the same spoon after Archbishop Griniezakis said it won’t spread infection
In Australia, the Greek Orthodox Church St Euphemia in Bankstown is still performing the holy communion, breaching NSW Health advice, reports Mail Online.
A church has come under fire after using the same spoon to feed worshippers bread and wine, putting people at risk of spreading coronavirus.
This comes as worried worshippers have called for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese to halt the practice during the pandemic.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic many have called out the church for carrying on the practice – despite social distancing guidelines.
According to news.com, around 70 churchgoers were offered the food on the same spoon before the priest wiped their chins with one cloth.
However, Archbishop Griniezakis previously said there is no risk of spreading the disease through the practice.
This includes restricting attendees to below 100 people.
From July 24, all places of worship have been asked to follow a Covid-19 safety plan.
The New South Wales Ministry of Health has issued guidelines in a bid to prevent the spread of the deadly bug.
NSW Health website reads: “Consider modifying religious rites or rituals to avoid direct contact where practical, such as communion or other similar practices,.
“Where this is not practical, ensure before and after each interaction with soap and water or hand sanitiser.
“Avoid sharing books, drinking cups or other shared objects used during the service such as collection plates.
The Greek Orthodox Church St Euphemia in Bankstown is located in the virus hotspot of Sydney’s west.
Currently there are 3,718 confirmed cases of coronavirus in New South Wales, with 49 deaths.
“Also consider putting barriers around frequently touched objects of worship, such as shrines, relics or fonts, to prevent people frequently touching these.”