(NEW YORK POST) – Holy shot!
A Detroit priest used a squirt gun filled with holy water to bless churchgoers during a socially distant service — and photos of the decidedly unorthodox event have now gone viral on social media.
Father Tim Pelc said he came up with the idea as a way to give kids the experience of Easter while still maintaining a safe distance from others during the Holy Week at St. Ambrose Parish, Buzzfeed News reported.
“The original idea was to do something for the kids of the parish,” Pelc told the outlet over the weekend. “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?”
The 70-year-old said he first consulted one of his friends, who is an emergency room doctor, in order to ensure that his plan was safe for himself and congregants.
“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.”
Photos from the service were shared to the church’s Facebook page last month, but have recently taken off on Twitter where one image has received more than 123,000 retweets as of Sunday afternoon.
“It was big in Ukraine, and the Germans are funny, that led to a whole sub discussion about the types of water pistols,” Pelc said.
“It even had two hits in the Vatican, which sort of concerned me but I haven’t heard anything yet.”