After LGBT pro-sodomy parade, Orthodox priest cleanses city with Holy Water

I saw this at ChurchPop.  I really like the idea.

Orthodox Priest Cleanses His City’s Downtown with Holy Water After LGBT Parade

@cityod, Twitter / Odessa Media

Talk about spiritual warfare.

An LGBT pride parade took place this last weekend in Odessa, Ukraine. LGBT pride parades are not particularly noteworthy these days.

But what happened after the parade this weekend is: an Eastern Orthodox priest visited the parade site and cleansed the space with holy water. (Pictures below!)

The head of the Missionary Department of the Eastern Orthodox Diocese of Odessa Fr. Oleg Mokryak led the cleansing, with help from a group of laypeople. Together, the dispensed holy water on people, the road, and on monuments as they walked, explaining to onlookers that they were specifically cleansing the area following the LGBT parade.


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  1. Crabbetrywe says:

    I hope they had a fire hydrant wrench.

  2. Joy65 says:

    AWESOME! I also think the USA , the entire thing needs an exorcism.

  3. acardnal says:

    Great idea. I am concerned he may not have enough holy water though.

  4. Gaetano says:

    Have U.S. bishops done the same in all the parishes & seminaries where children and young adults were abused? It would be a good start.

  5. Joy65 says:

    He’ll just “bless” make more.

  6. Ave Maria says:

    Something like that might need to be done in Dublin!

  7. Joy65 says:

    Use those water drop planes like they do for wildfires

  8. SKAY says:

    I agree Joy65.

    Our City /Parish library is allowing a homosexual fraternity at our local
    University to bring in a “Drag Queen story hour” targeting 3 to 6 year children. There is a lot of opposition in the city as well as activist support. The main problem is the age group and the message they are really sending as opposed to what they are saying it is about. Children this age
    should not even have the words “Drag Queen” in their vocabulary. So far they have not
    said what books they will be reading but they are saying it is about love and
    welcoming to those who are different.

    I think our library needs both.

  9. Nigelteapot says:

    Gaetano, Churches are already sacred and consecrated ground.

  10. Fr_Andrew says:


    Sacred places can be canonically “violated” by certain crimes occurring therein, and afterwards must be ritually reconciled.

    Canon 1211 : “Sacred places are violated by gravely injurious actions done in them with scandal to the faithful, actions which, in the judgment of the local ordinary, are so grave and contrary to the holiness of the place that it is not permitted to carry on worship in them until the damage is repaired by a penitential rite according to the norm of the liturgical books.”

    The 1961 Pontifical contains a perfect text for this, described here includes the use of Gregorian Water like in the Consecration of a Church and these words by the bishop :

    “Dearest brethren, let us humbly beseech God, that forgiveth crimes, washeth away every pollution, God, who purified the world hardened by original sins in the glory of His coming; that He may come to us and mightily fight against the snares of the raging devil; so that whatever be stained and corrupted in this place by his cunning, that daily longs for and pursueth man’s destruction, may be cleansed by the mercy of heaven. For as it belongeth to him to break what is solid and perfect, so belongeth it to our Maker, to restore what is fallen, stay that which swayeth, and purge what is corrupted.”

    Sounds like it would be a perfect fit …

  11. Mallu Jack says:

    According to , the rite for providing holy water (with salt) in the EF includes the following references to the devil:
    “May all evil fancies of the foul fiend, his malice and cunning, be driven afar from the place where you are sprinkled.”
    “And may everything that it touches or sprinkles be freed from uncleanness and any influence of the evil spirit”
    ” May you be a purified water, empowered to drive afar all power of the enemy, in fact, to root out and banish the enemy himself, along with his fallen angels.”
    ” May this creature of yours, when used in your mysteries and endowed with your grace, serve to cast out demons and to banish disease.”
    “so that wherever it is sprinkled and your holy name is invoked, every assault of the unclean spirit may be baffled, and all dread of the serpent’s venom be cast out.”

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  13. Malta says:

    Some years back a Monsignor here in Santa Fe partook in a gay pride event wearing pink sneakers.

  14. Nigelteapot says:

    Father Andrew,

    Are you saying these actions totally desecrated these Churches. What effect does this have on Sacraments? Please follow this reasoning of yours to its natural conclusion for me.

  15. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Nigelteapot: Of course crimes of violence, such as murder and rape, can desecrate a Catholic church when performed in the nave, altar, or sacristy, as can certain acts of sacrilege. The pastor or bishop is supposed to perform ties of reconsecration as soon as possible after a crime of this kind is discovered.

  16. Joy65 says:

    SKAY says
    Referring to the “drag Queen story hour” you wouldn’t be referring to Lafayette, Louisiana would you because they are doing that EXACT thing there in the public library. SO UNBELIEVABLE! Never ever thought I see that around here.

  17. Nigelteapot says:


    you dodged my question about how it relates to the Sacraments. Let me ask you this: are Sacraments still valid if the person has no idea the priest is invalidly ordained/excommunicated?

  18. SKAY says:

    Joy65 says:

    Hi Joy65. Yes I am. It is unbelievable that anyone thinks this is an acceptable idea
    for this age group.
    There are two library millages coming up that we will be voting on and they really
    want them passed. Perhaps they NEED to rethink this decision.
    If things stay the same I will not be voting for them and there are many others who
    feel the same way.

  19. Fr_Andrew says:


    There is no effect on the validity of Sacraments or ceremonies. When the Ordinary judges the crime grave he prohibits licit worship therein until the rite is done. Sacraments celebrated before that rite, knowing this, would be sinful for the priest, but valid.

  20. Nigelteapot says:

    What if it isn’t done, Father Andrew?

    Also what if the masses said among priests in concentration camps while the guards weren’t looking? Or the priests who gave confessions to their fellow gulag prisoners to the point the guards cut their tongues out?

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