Michigan priest offers “social distance blessings” using a squirt gun

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • To stick with social distancing guidelines, a priest used a squirt gun loaded with holy water to administer blessings.
  • The photographs of the Michigan priest and his unorthodox “social distance blessings” have recently gone viral on Twitter.
  • In just two days, the tweet was liked over 500,000 times and retweeted over 125,000 times.

Last month during Holy Week, a Michigan priest was photographed using a squirt gun filled with holy water so that he could comply with social distancing guidelines while continuing the tradition of blessing Easter Food Baskets. Father Tim Pelc could also be seen equipped with a face mask and gloves.

On April 12, the pictures were shared by the St. Ambrose Parish in Grosse Pointe Park describing the priest’s unique way of blessing parishioners “drive-thru style.”

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On Sunday, Father Pelc said in a published interview with Today that he’d checked with a doctor first if his squirt gun solution was in line with social distancing guidelines that government officials and experts advised preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

He told the outlet that his idea was based on the thought that “You can’t double-dip into the holy water container. I thought, what could I do that would keep the quarantine restrictions going and give kids the experience of Easter?”

Though the church’s initial posting of Pelc’s efforts racked up several hundred likes and shares over a few weeks, a tweet about Pelc’s “social distance blessings” has recently gone viral, garnering more than half a million likes and over 125,000 retweets in just two days. A photoshop battle has also started on Reddit.

The photographer, Larry A. Peplin, said that he’s “never seen anything like this happen to any of my photos” even if he’s been working as a commercial photographer around Detroit, covering “thousands of imaging assignments including six presidents” for a number of decades. Peplin, now nearing retirement, says that the reaction to his photographs is definitely “stunning.”

“I’m quite aware that these things happen, and memes get created then passed around the world, but why did it take five weeks for it to take off?” Peplin continued.

Source: The Hill

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