In Act of Hope During Pandemic, Priest Takes Blessed Sacrament to the Skies

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One-hundred-and-twenty knots and 1,000 feet isn’t normally where you would find the Blessed Sacrament, or a statue of the Blessed Mother, but Father Anthony Manuppella and Father John Seo of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla parish in Northfield, New Jersey took to the air, praying the Litany of the Saints and prayers for deliverance as they traveled the perimeter of the Diocese of Camden.

Fr. Anthony saw a video of the air force in Italy flying a priest on the plane to bless the people and try to mitigate what is happening. 

Using history as a guideline, he brought up the importance of the Blessed Sacrament during times of tribulation.

“Popes would process in the streets with the Blessed Sacrament. In fact one of the popes ordered that the Blessed Sacrament would be exposed in every church in Rome for forty hours,” he explained.

“And after that time, the plagues seemed to subside. So in that same tradition, instead of walking in procession with Jesus, we’re going to fly with Him around the perimeters of the whole diocese, so that way we can pray that Jesus will bless, heal. And we pray that this virus will be contained, will be stopped,” he said.

“Because medicine is wonderful,” Fr. Anthony added, “but at a certain point, it’s only God that can affect miracles.”