Holy roller used to bless studios

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


25 responses to “Holy roller used to bless studios”

  1. Oh crap, this is too damn funny for words. He has a “sanctification rod”? Really? Wow, I wonder if that might be available at the local hardware store or do I need to go to a paint specialist to get one? Hey, you never know when such an item might come in handy. In the area I live there may be a few tall items that are in need of “sanctification”.
    Organized religion? Or just a part time painter who does doGs work on his spare time?

  2. Barry Duke says:

    I’m only guessing here, but wasn’t a “sanctification rod” or summat similar used to knock up the “virgin” Mary?

  3. remigius says:

    At least he had the sense to cover himself with a dust-sheet so he doesn’t get paint splatter all over his nice dress.

  4. Broga says:

    If you look in the right places it can be a laugh a minute with religion. The really funny aspect is that Patriarch Daniel takes this nonsense seriously.

  5. Norman Paterson says:

    For a while I was following events in Truro, where Right Reverend Tim Thornton is Bishop. Every week he would be blessing this or sanctifying that. One time, I think, he was blessing some new doors, or maybe a whole building, and I got to wondering how you could tell if he was really blessing things, or just pretending to. If he really blessed someone’s house, for example, surely the insurance premiums ought to go down? If they don’t, then Bishop Tim should be had up for fraud, especially if he charged for the service.

    Of course if there’s absolutely no way to tell whether a building (or a TV studio) has been blessed or not, you have to ask yourself exactly what is going on.

  6. ROFL!! Great one Barry, wish I’d thought of it………..LOL.

  7. I wonder just how seriously he does take it. In public, no doubt he’d be very serious. In private, who knows what doubts he may have? How many clergy are secret atheists/agnostics?

  8. Um, “Bless you dear door. Now, sin no more, and be very careful how you swing.” That work?

  9. L.Long says:

    Never underestimate the breath, depth or power of human stupidity!
    And no I am not implying that the holely man is stupid or that the people around him are stupid! I do not believe in giving them compliments as it will encourage them to do more.

  10. Broga says:

    I’m convinced many are atheists. They are not stupid. The internet is allowing support to many who know they are atheists but can’t face giving up the job and being punished by their Christian loving friends and family. I read and enjoyed Dan Barker’s autobiography.

  11. remigius says:

    And the Bible even tells us where they got the Holy Jizz from.

    Oooh, icky!

  12. barriejohn says:

    Here’s an idea. Why don’t the religious get up in the morning, ask their gods to bless everyone and everything in the whole wide world and universe, and then get on with their lives? If someone isn’t specifically prayed for on a certain day does that mean that something terrible will happen to them? The Plymouth Brethren have a missionary magazine called “Echoes of Service”, and readers are asked to pray for certain missionaries on certain days of the month. Believe it or not, they publish letters from these deluded idiots telling how “miraculous” things happened to them on the days when their names came up for prayer. God guided them, God “opened doors”, God prevented injury in accidents; the list was endless. Do you wonder that I left them?

  13. barriejohn says:

    Here’s a link:

    The Echoes Daily Prayer Guide lists the names and locations of workers, some facts and figures on the countries in which they work, and the particular ministries in which they are involved. As a companion to the Daily Prayer guide, the Echoes magazine provides monthly prayer information from these workers and profiles with personal information on the workers so that you can be more informed of their background and ministry.

    Echoes Prayer News is an email service providing weekly prayer information from workers for local churches and individuals. In addition, should there be a significant world crisis or disaster extra bulletins are issued for prayer.

  14. barriejohn says:

    I think that guy is actually a very short-sighted painter. When I was teaching, we took the kids on a visit to Prinknash (Prinnage) Abbey in Gloucestershire, to learn about monasteries, and it was without doubt the most disastrous school trip with which I was ever associated. Instead of giving us the expected guided tour of the monastery, as requested, we were all ushered into their chapel to sit through their interminable morning service before being hurried to the gift shop where they were keen to offload quantities of their famous pottery. Barriejohn, of course, immediately noticed a stock of little plastic bottles labelled “Holy Water” for sale (I kid you not), so one had to be taken back to school to be sprinkled on one of our less godly colleagues, to the delight of all. Pity we didn’t have a roller; we could have done the whole building!

  15. remigius says:

    I prefer to make my own…

  16. Paul Cook says:

    I wonder how they think this is perfectly normal rational human behaviour – ‘blessing’ a TV set and a load of monitors. How can they think for one second that the rest of us can take them seriously when they themsves behave so utterly moronically – it’s like a child play acting with a cape stuck on his back with clothes pegs thinking he is batman or superman – it’s immature and about time we rid out lives of this infantile nonsense and stopped tolerating this stupidity.

    Putting ‘holy oil’ on a TV set.

  17. Paul Cook says:

    Picking up on what you say Broga What “proves” the entire falsity of religion and how shallow these people are and their belief so puerile, is simply to ask them why does a church need a Faraday cage.

  18. Robster says:

    God besotted christians seem to just love things on sticks. I went to a church once and all over the walls were plastic models of a dead bloke on sticks, thought I was at a stake restaurant. The person in the photo blessing the studio must have peeled the dead jesus off the stick before getting to work. Better still, there seems to be an endless supply of Baby jesus blood and flesh crackers in church fridges all over the place. Why not put the jesus blood and jesus crackers in a blender and ‘bless” the studio with the messy (fake) blood soaked outcome? That would appeal to those christians that get turned on by eating the deity. Yum.

  19. barriejohn says:

    Discussion here:,,-82906,00.html

    Because in 1769 lightning struck the Church of San Nazaro, near Venice. This ignited 200,000 pounds of powder which had been stored there (don’t ask why) and caused an explosion which wiped out one sixth of the city of Brescia and killed 3,000 people. Until then anyone who fitted a ‘heretical rod’ to a building was clearly going against the biblical teaching that lightning was caused by Satan. After the Brescia disaster the ‘heretical rods’ suddenly shot up everywhere and the issue was quietly dropped.

  20. tania says:

    they’ve moved in a new studio, so it’s normal to bless that space. Romanians are Orthodox Christians; they usually bless their houses once in a year, at Theophany and when they move to a new home.

  21. Bubba T Flubba says:

    Pathetic ……. Primitive

  22. Godless Bitch says:

    Dear Tania, you’ve posted this on many articles about the subject already. Though I am quite proud of your decent level of english (which doesn;t happen very often when our romanian brothers and sisters comment around the internet), please don’t embarrass us more by suggesting that this is in any way accepted as the “norm” by most of us. Sure, I’m an atheist, but even my very christian mother (that “sanctifies” her home every year) agreed with me that the church has become a joke. And this fella Daniel, the same one that was caught on tape talking about his 3 lake houses and hundreds of acres of land, is sucking the romanian churchgoers dry, all while he’s elbows deep in public funds. So, I for one would very much wish he would fuck off and go salnctify himsef with that magic rod. As deep as possible. 😀

  23. tania says:

    nu noi ne-am ales Patriarhul, dar indiferent cat il criticam pe plan intern pentru derapajele sale, mi se pare urat sa lovim in el pe site-uri straine, sa ne batem joc laolalta cu ceilalti, pentru ca asta afecteaza Biserica cu totul. Cred ca presa a facut prea mult tam-tam pentru trafaletul ala. De lasau tija cu un burete sau vata infasurata in varf, cum folosesc de obicei preotii, probabil n-ar fi scris nimeni despre asta.