Viral photos of a priest using a squirt gun filled with holy water to bless churchgoers during a socially distant service are taking on a life of their own on the Internet.
Five weeks ago, during Holy Week, Father Tim Pelc said he wanted to find a safe way during the coronavirus pandemic to continue the tradition of blessing Easter baskets.
"You can't double dip into the holy water container," Pelc told TODAY. "I thought, what could I do that would keep the quarantine restrictions going and give kids the experience of Easter?"
That's when he had the idea to use a squirt gun. After consulting with a doctor friend to ensure his idea was safe and followed social distancing guidelines, Pelc put on extra gear, including a face mask, shield and gloves, and waited in the parking lot for churchgoers to drive by for a spritz of holy water the day before Easter.