When the isolation lockdowns hit, they hit everything. Not even places of worship were immune to the precautions, forcing churches to take drastic steps to modernise their services, to varying degrees of success (we’ve all see the Italian priest who accidentally switched on Facebook filters while giving a service). But, it appears one badass priest in Michigan is taking drive-by church services very literally.
Father Tim Pelc of St Ambrose is using a squirt gun full of holy water to shoot people in the face as they drive past. “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?”
“Not only is this safe, this is fun,” he 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.”
Sure, the images of the priest shooting parishioners in the face with holy water out of a squirt gun are pretty hilarious, but it’s what social media users have done with the footage that is truly divine. Father Pelc is the latest meme sensation, and we’re all for it.
Here are our favourite Father Pelc memes from this week.
— Jack Hurley (@Hurleyj44) May 16, 2020
Sinners and quarantine breakers get excommunicated from life. pic.twitter.com/9c9NWE7vC9
— lonefirewarrior (@lonefirewarrior) May 16, 2020
Pope John Wick II does not mess around pic.twitter.com/Fg5OWzoEF2
— Steven Wine (@id6klub) May 16, 2020
— Stroszek Horseman (@Sunset_Rust) May 16, 2020