Date of Award

Spring 5-23-2021

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Religion

First Advisor

Daniel Cozort

Language

English

Abstract

In 2020, much of the world went into shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with the shutdown came many aspects of people’s lives moving online, including religious practices. In the case of the Catholic Church, Masses that people used to attend in person could then only be attended online. This raised concerns about the best way to provide a semblance of receiving the Eucharist, even when church buildings were shut down. In this thesis, I look at the meaning of the Eucharist for Catholics, the history and meaning of current practices incorporated for providing the Eucharist during COVID-19, and the history and meaning of practices utilized to bring access to the Eucharist during prior pandemics. I use these contemporary and historical practices to form a possible solution of my own for providing access to the Eucharist during a time of pandemic and to hypothesize what the future of Eucharistic access may look like in case of another pandemic.

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