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Priest Uses Water Pistol To Baptise Baby During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Priest Uses Water Pistol To Baptise Baby During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Just because we've had to socially distance ourselves from everyone around us doesn't mean we can't do essential things like get baptised.

One family wasn't going to let a pandemic get in the way of being introduced to the Catholic Church.

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Credit: A Current Affair/Facebook
Credit: A Current Affair/Facebook

A photo of the bizarre water pistol baptism has gone viral on social media after being posted over the past few days.

Sadly, the exact location of where the photo was taken is unclear, but what is clear is that this event would have been hilarious to witness.

The baby, who only looks a couple of months old, was held out in a ceremonial dress and seemingly squirted in the face by a water pistol-wielding priest standing at least six feet away. You have to commend them for their socially distanced attitude.

It's similar to the viral photo that was doing the rounds in late March.

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Mary and Kyle Nielsen, from Minnesota, had booked in their two-month-old baby to get baptised, but had to get creative when the coronavirus broke out.

Credit: Cynthia Holmberg Henschen/Facebook
Credit: Cynthia Holmberg Henschen/Facebook

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They invited their pastor over to their home and baby Wesley received a socially distanced baptism. After the baby had been baptised in the usual manner, the family decided to have a bit of fun.

Mary told KTTC: "My brother had made the comment - with social distancing - the six feet - was the pastor going to use a water hose?

"When baptism day came, we did the real thing first of course, and then afterwards we made sure to do the picture of the pastor holding a water gun and my husband just held Wesley out there and made sure we got a good photo op of that."

A photo of the baptism was uploaded to Facebook, where it's been liked, commented and shared by nearly half a million people.

It seems like religious figures are really getting into the habit of using water pistols during the pandemic.

Credit: St Ambrose Parish/Larry Peplin
Credit: St Ambrose Parish/Larry Peplin

Father Tim Pelc, who lives in Detroit, Michigan, implemented the clever solution during Holy Week last month after the city introduced a lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In the snaps, Father Tim can be seen wearing a mask and shield over his face, while he holds a water pistol in a gloved hand, shooting it through the open window of a car in a sort of 'drive-by-blessing'.

Sharing the photos, St Ambrose Parish wrote: "Blessing of the Easter Foods, April 11, 2020.

"Adapting to the need for social distancing, St. Ambrose continued its tradition of Blessing of Easter Food Baskets, drive-thru style."

Featured Image Credit: A Current Affair/Facebook

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Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.