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This Priest Went Viral After He Used A Squirt Gun To Bless Churchgoers With Holy Water And We Can See Why

Social distancing is at the top of pretty much everyone’s minds – especially as communities start to slowly reopen businesses and more people start to venture out from their homes. If you’re going out – wear your mask and maintain your sana distancia.

Although there’s so many stories of churches ignoring social distancing orders, there’s finally one of a Michigan priest who made sure his congregation followed the health requirements with a drive-thru service.

The Detroit-area priest decided to use a squirt gun to bless his congregation with holy water.

In Detroit, a region of the country that has been hit really bard by the Coronavirus, a Catholic priest was following social distancing measures when he held a drive-thru mass for Easter. He took the order so serious that he decided to bless his churchgoers with a squirt gun armed with holy water. We’re serious. This actually happened and to be honest, I’m kinda here for it.

Timothy Pelc is a reverend at the St. Ambrose Church outside Detroit and decided to move forward with an Easter mass but took the necessary precautions to protect his congregation. As each car approached him, he’d shoot holy water into the car at each person who wanted it. For his own protection, Rev. Pelc wore a mask, face shield, and rubber gloves as further precautions against the Coronavirus.

The photos of the priest were taken at Easter but have recently gone viral and have inspired memes online.

One of the church’s parishioners, Larry Peplin, had taken the original photos and they were first posted to Facebook in April by the St. Ambrose Parish. But recently, they’ve gone viral – even getting hits in Ukraine, Colombia, and all the way to the Vatican. The photos even sparked a Reddit Photoshop battle. Peak 2020.

The original idea was to do something for the kids of the parish,” Pelc told BuzzFeed News. “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?

He said, ‘Not only is this safe, this is fun,’ and he came with his kids,” Pelc said. “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.”

One meme in particular got Rev. Pelc’s interest.

In his interview with Buzzfeed News, Rev. Pelc said ”I’m not objecting to it — this whole idea of combating evil is a good one. When Jesus dies, he doesn’t just lay around doing nothing. He goes down to hell and kicks the doors in. He really wrestles with evil. We all want to believe that the devil is not the most powerful force on the earth and neither is COVID-19.”

Pelc told BuzzFeed News that he was a little concerned about how the Vatican might react when the photos of him squirting holy water began circulating widely on the internet. But, he said, “I haven’t heard anything yet.”

Pulp Fiction anyone?

Credit: UEzo_NL / Reddit

OMG as a huge Pulp Fiction fan this is too good.

Michigan has been hit particularly hard by the Covid-19 outbreak.

The church and surrounding communities have taken the pandemic seriously. Parishioners have tied blue ribbons on trees at the church for each person who has died of COVID-19 in Michigan. That number is now approaching 5,000. And Detroit’s largely Africa-American population has faced a shortage of medical supplies and PPE that have led to a very high per capita incidence rate of Covid-19.

Rev. Pelc says he would like to start regular services again next Sunday but that many people are just too afraid to venture out.

Michigan has also been hit hard with armed protesters who are upset at the state’s stay-at-home orders and precautions. They’ve stormed the state capitol and demanded Gov. Witmer relax the orders. But according to Pelc, they do not reflect the mood in his community.

He told BuzzFeed he had hoped to begin holding in-person masses next Sunday but was struggling to find churchgoers to help him stage the socially distanced services.

“People are saying they don’t want to come out just yet,” Pelc said. “There’s still a lot of fear out there and I don’t blame them.”

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