This is the moment villagers kneel on the ground two metres apart as a priest drives by and blesses them during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As public gatherings, including church mass, are prohibited in Croatia amid the spread of COVID-19, Father Mijo Grozdanic found a practical way of getting around the country’s partial lockdown measures.
As devotees in the village of Kresevo in the municipality of Sestanovac in the southern Croatian county of Split-Dalmatia were unable to attend church, they were asked to line up on the roadside while maintaining a distance of at least two metres from one another.
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As seen in the footage, the mask-wearing faithful knelt on the ground and performed the sign of the cross on themselves as the priest drove by and blessed them all.
According to local media, the priest spent three and a half hours in the village blessing concerned devotees.
Netizen ‘Neda Sisara’ said: “I would go to live there.”
‘Darija Perisic’ commented: “Thanks for sharing this, it warmed my heart.”
‘Vedrana Batarelo’ wrote: “This is so beautiful. Respect to the priest.”
‘Joza Radovic’ remarked: “God help us all.”
‘Ljiljana Vlajcevic Odak’ said: “All priests should follow this example. There is always a way to make something possible.”
As of 1st April, Croatia has reported 867 cases of COVID-19 and six related deaths, according to the latest data from the Johns Hopkins University.
Meanwhile, 67 people have made full recoveries.
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