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Title: How do you take care of spills?
Post by: choy on October 29, 2012, 02:24:40 PM
If some Precious Blood of our Lord dripped onto your clothes, or a baby's bib, how is it taken care of?

This happened to me yesterday (in the Eastern Catholic Church) and I put my child's bib in hot water and then when the stain is gone, I poured the water into the ground.
Title: Re: How do you take care of spills?
Post by: Shanghaiski on October 29, 2012, 03:33:20 PM
It can be burned, or the priest can wash it carefully. The red communion cloths get washed.
Title: Re: How do you take care of spills?
Post by: choy on October 29, 2012, 03:34:37 PM
The priest instructed me to do what I did.  I guess if there is no stain (it is a white bib so the red stain is obvious) then I guess I can proceed to put it in the washer, correct?
Title: Re: How do you take care of spills?
Post by: Shanghaiski on October 29, 2012, 04:16:03 PM
I've never had to do it, but I think things are hand washed and the water is poured on the ground where no one would walk.
Title: Re: How do you take care of spills?
Post by: Tallitot on October 29, 2012, 04:24:47 PM
some churches have a special drain that goes into the ground:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piscina#Eastern_Christianity
Title: Re: How do you take care of spills?
Post by: choy on October 29, 2012, 04:39:55 PM
I've never had to do it, but I think things are hand washed and the water is poured on the ground where no one would walk.

Yup, I mean I've already washed it in water only once, and is now in water again for the second time.  I can see that no stain remains on the bib itelf.  It should be okay to put this in the washer now, right?  The second batch of water will also go into the ground by my plants.
Title: Re: How do you take care of spills?
Post by: Shanghaiski on October 29, 2012, 04:41:05 PM
I've never had to do it, but I think things are hand washed and the water is poured on the ground where no one would walk.

Yup, I mean I've already washed it in water only once, and is now in water again for the second time.  I can see that no stain remains on the bib itelf.  It should be okay to put this in the washer now, right?  The second batch of water will also go into the ground by my plants.

Might be worth checking with your priest if you have a concern.
Title: Re: How do you take care of spills?
Post by: serb1389 on November 05, 2012, 01:42:39 PM
I've never had to do it, but I think things are hand washed and the water is poured on the ground where no one would walk.

Yup, I mean I've already washed it in water only once, and is now in water again for the second time.  I can see that no stain remains on the bib itelf.  It should be okay to put this in the washer now, right?  The second batch of water will also go into the ground by my plants.

Might be worth checking with your priest if you have a concern.

^ Totally agree.  I think after 2 times, and if you don't see anything, you're good to go. 

Honestly, many times it's just easier to burn it. 
Title: Re: How do you take care of spills?
Post by: Seraphim98 on November 24, 2012, 12:53:28 PM
Check with your priest, but historically this has generally been treated very seriously.

I read of a guy who experienced a spill at a monastery on Mt. Athos. The monks restrained him, took his shoe and shirt (probably burned them), another monk picked up every particle of anything in the area of the spill on the tip of his finger and ate it, then came back with a bottle of volatile spirits, doused the area and set it on fire.  

I have read of other places where it fell on carpet, someone knelt down and literally sucked as much as possible out of the carpet, then the place where fell was cut out, burned, and a visible patch put down where it fell, and no one in that temple ever stood on that spot again.

It is my understanding that when the communion cloth is washed, the waste water is not carefully discarded in some place where a human foot will never tread. Some temples have special drains that go straight into the ground under the temple, and use the roots of dense hedges behind the church or similar places.