To saint Paul, " the ways of the Lord are impenetrable ". But, at the time of the coronavirus, they are also taking paths never seen before. In France, the Church has adapted its sacraments, because of the need health. Use of digital tools, mass in the car... Tim Pelc, a priest of 70 years, practicing in Detroit, Michigan, has demonstrated a lot of creativity. He used a toy gun filled with holy water during the mass of holy Week, " explains BuzzFeed News.
The images have the buzz on the social networks. You can see the priest Tim Pelc bless the lives of his parishioners passing in front of him in the car. Wearing a protective mask, a water gun in hand, he sprinkles their baskets with holy water. 70-year-old, Tim Pelc is part of the parish of Saint-Ambroise for the past 30 years. According to his explanations, it is for the children he would have had that idea. "The original idea was to do something for the children. They were on the verge of a feast of Easter like never before, then I said to myself : What can we do to comply with all protocols for social distancing ? "
An initiative diverted on social networks
Tim Pelc has not taken this initiative without a few precautions. It is thus insured with a medical doctor from the emergency room of the city that its approach did not present any health risk. The practitioner was able to reassure him without difficulty. He even came with her children to join at this time. After the first publication on the page Facebook of the parish, the images were then relayed on Twitter, and then on the forum Reddit. It was there that they became particularly famous and have been diverted by many internet users. A montage parody and the Good, the bad and the Ugly, the Sergio Leone film, transforming it into " the Good, the bad, and the Holy Spirit ".
Tim Pelc is delighted with this success he felt that " the people were in the mood for something like that ". Only downside, the shots would have even been seen... in the Vatican. "It worried me a little, but I was not yet said anything," said the religious. As in other churches throughout the world, it also proposes to follow the masses in streaming on the Internet. In the Face of success, he plans to extend the initiative after the completion of sanitary measures.
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