Holy roller used to bless studios
IF you’re going to do something as bloody daft as to coat state-of-the-art electronic equipment with “holy” oil, don’t be surprised if the world points and laughs.
And right now derision is being directed at the leader of Romania’s Orthodox Church who used a paint roller attached to a pole to bless new TV and radio studios.
Patriarch Daniel used his holy roller-on-a-pole blessing technique to get at hard-to-reach nooks and crannies as he inaugurated the studios of church-owned Trinitas Radio and Television.
Photographs published by the Orthodox Church website show the patriarch carrying out a traditional blessing service, before moving through offices and studios with the roller on the end of a long pole.
The ceremony, according to the BBC, did not go unnoticed by Romania’s press and Internet humourists, with doctored versions of the photos being widely circulated. One popular blogger posted an image showing the Patriarch apparently endorsing a brand of paint (above).
A church spokesman said that it’s not the first time Patriarch Daniel had used his “sanctification rod” – one of a number of tools of his trade – as it helps anoint rooms with higher walls and ceilings which would otherwise be difficult to reach.
If anyone came anywhere near my equipment with a “sanctification rod” they’d find it so high their jacksy that the services of a plumber and a litre of WD40 would be needed to extract it!
Hat tip: Ivan Bailey