Oh and we all kiss the cross at the end of services and icons at various times and no one wipes them and no one gets sick either. I think its odd when I see people at the roman catholic communion during the times they kiss a cross at the end of the service and the altarPERSON wipes it with a cloth after each person. I don't know how society got so scared to have any form of contact with their fellow man, even if it means a gentle hug.
When I was an altar boy growing up, I never quite got the whole wipe away the germs thing with a dry untreated cloth
. While I'm sure there's some benefit in removing germs the first few times, once you've wiped the Crucifix the fiftieth time with a dry untreated cloth
I'm pretty sure you're just putting germs back on it.
My mother-in-law, the RN that she is, is still freaked out by the way we receive communion in the Christian East. When I point out that, as an extraordinary minister of communion in her church, she managed to still touch everyone who comes to her for communion and, therefore, spread everyone's germs around, she is nonplussed. It's apparently "different" than what we do.
I gave up trying to argue that we're talking about the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ Himself that's supposedly spreading germs. She believes, but doesn't believe, if you follow me.
I'm an almost obsessive handwasher (esp. when I'm even near a public restroom) but even I don't worry about getting sick @ church because of kissing the cross.