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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?”


Pelc used a water gun to bless his parishioners’ Easter baskets from a safe distance “as a way of continuing an ancient custom, and people seemed to enjoy it.”

Photos from the socially-distanced Holy Week service are plentiful on social media.

Take a look:

Posted by Nicole Potenga Jensen on Friday, May 15, 2020

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