In Russia, holy water was used to combat ‘drinking’ and ‘fornication’

In Russia, holy water was used to combat ‘drinking’ and ‘fornication’ September 14, 2019
Image via YouTube/TverNews

IT’S still early days, so we have no idea yet whether an aerial assault on naughty behaviour in the Russian city of Tver has had any effect, other than to make people point and laugh at the sheer stupidity of dropping holy water on the city from a biplane which looked barely airworthy.

The stunt, according to this report, took place on Russia’s Sobriety Day, a non-official holiday on September 11 when 70 litres of holy water, and a large religious icon were bundled onto a rickety green plane. Once airborne, a priest tipped the water out from a large chalice.

Image via YouTube/TverNews

An Orthodox priest named Father Alexander said:

Let them laugh. We’re doing our jobs.

Priests have been flying over Tver on Sobriety Day every year since 2006. Previously, they’ve limited their aerial interventions to prayer, which curiously failed to curb the population’s “drinking” and “fornication”. So this year added holy water to their arsenal.

There’s no doubt that Russians are champion boozers, but recent stats from the World Health Organization indicate new laws banning the sale of alcohol at gas stations or in Moscow kiosks at night appear, at first glance, to have helped cut Russian per capita alcohol consumption dramatically – from 18.7 liters of pure alcohol in 2005 to 11.7 liters in 2016.

But some independent experts argue those numbers can’t be fully trusted, in part because they don’t account for bootleg moonshine or Russians who still drink “non-beverage” alcohol, like bathroom products or cologne. In December 2016, 74 people died in the Siberian city of Irkutsk from drinking scented bath lotion mislabeled as containing drinkable ethanol. The ingredient was actually methanol, a toxic substance used in antifreeze.

As for the “fornication” there appears to be no statistics to show that Tverians have a tendency to overindulge in bonking.

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  • Duncan R. Bryson

    They could just wait until it rained then take turns at making the sign of the cross and mumbling some nonsense. A more efficient exercise in pointlessness.

  • Broga

    “Let them laugh. We’re doing our jobs.”

    Exactly, that is why they are laughing. This is no more bizarre than the bread and wine being Jesus’ flesh and blood at mass. (And much else.) Although, I was surprised a few weeks ago when an acquaintance I had not met for a few years told me “it is symbolic.” When I had last met him he had insisted that the change took place in fact. He insisted he had never claimed that. Times change, the old “certainties” become more fluid or disappear. I guess I am not the only one he meets Christians who have changed their “certain biblical truths” for something a bit more easy to accommodate today. The Pope, for example.

  • Michael Neville

    Everyone needs a hobby. Pouring water out of an airplane is much more harmless than sending people to prison for “outraging religious sentiment”.

  • Jim Baerg

    but if they *drink* the holy water…

  • Brian Shanahan

    Of course it isn’t going to work. That plane is using the livery of Patrick, patron saint of alcohol.

  • Brian Davis

    Finally we learn the truth about Chemtrails!!!

  • barriejohn

    Limerick No 3952:

    A lunatic priest had some front,
    And launched an incredible stunt:
    Holy water rained down
    On the sin-ravaged town;
    Oh, what a ridiculous…man!

  • TheBookOfDavid

    That suggests a solution. Skip the water. Next year’s rain dance should leverage the power of the “blood of Christ” instead. I figure eight cases of Jesus juice should be enough to satisfy Saint Patrick.

  • Jezebel’sOlderSister

    What are they going to do when this doesn’t work, throw icons out of the plan?