A priest from Detroit, USA, is currently viral on social media for squirting holy water at his churchgoers during a socially-distanced service.
Tim Pelc, the father/priest that we are talking about, was photographed getting creative with his methods of blessing his congregation.
The incident happened during a Holy Week Service.
In the images that went viral on social media, Father Pelc could be seen squirting the baskets from a safe and responsible distance, allowing the parish of St. Ambrose to continue with their Easter traditions.
The images were taken by Parishioner Larry Pepli.
Originally, they were shared by the St. Ambrose Parish Facebook group in the month of April 2020.
But this week, the picture of Father Pelc holding his water gun went viral on social media.
A Priest giving social distance blessings with a squirt pistol and what, I'm assuming, is Holy water. 2020 folks. pic.twitter.com/iDnYs33hs9
— Jeff Barnaby (@tripgore) May 15, 2020
After going viral on social media, Father Pelc said:
The original idea was to do something for the kids of the parish. They were about ready to have an Easter unlike any of their past, so I thought, what can we still do that would observe all the protocols of social distancing?
Father Pelc, who is now 70, has been with the St. Ambrose Parish for around 40 years.
He says he takes a lot of pride in his wacky mind and accepting congregation.
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Before carrying out the unusual squirting the holy water with the water gun, Father Pelc talked with an emergency room doctor friend about how they could carry out the blessing in a safe way during this coronavirus pandemic.
Father Pelc said:
He said, ‘Not only is this safe, this is fun. He provided me with all the personal protection stuff that I needed. The sun was out, we had a nice turnout. It was a way of continuing an ancient custom, and people seemed to enjoy it.
When asked how he felt about becoming a social media meme, he said it was sensational.