Airborne priest douses city in holy water to save it from drunkenness

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A priest has been filmed pouring 70 litres of holy water over his metropolis from a Soviet biplane to purge it of ‘alcohol, drugs and fornication’.

Footage reveals Russian Orthodox priest Alexander Goryachev taking to the skies in an Antonov An-2 biplane armed with dozens of bottles of holy water and relics, together with an icon of Saint John the Baptist.

An assistant will be seen pouring the blessed water into an enormous metallic chalice because the bearded priest, nonetheless in his clerical vestments, says a prayer earlier than lobbing the liquid from the airplane’s open door.

He seems to need to repeat the stunt quite a few occasions to finish his mission.

Goryachev and two different clergymen reportedly made the flight on All-Russian Sobriety Day, which is well known each September 11.

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He mentioned: ‘Any disease is from a virus, and a virus is a demon. Therefore, any disease is primarily a spiritual disease.’

However many weren’t so satisfied by efforts and mocked the priest.

The priest hit out saying: ‘The place is the joke? That we try to assist folks eliminate ailments?

‘We wish to cease alcohol consumption, medication and fornication, is that this actually laughable?

‘Let them laugh, we will continue with our work.’

The blessings had been produced from a peak of about 656 to 984 toes over the town of Tver, western Russia.

The cup is called the ‘inexhaustible chalice’, believed by Orthodox Christians to heal these affected by alcoholism and drug dependancy.

The cup was used as a substitute of the standard ‘aspergillum’ sprinkler to cease water spraying again into the airplane, Goryachev defined.

An area man referred to as Vyacheslav mentioned he managed to give up the bottle after turning to the chalice throughout a pilgrimage to Tver, on which he met future spouse Olga.

The pair joined the priest on this 12 months’s flight.

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