Bangladesh-based Indian Jesuit priest John Chinnappan has been using online platforms to meet the spiritual and pastoral needs of local Catholics. (Photo supplied)
On a bright sunny Monday afternoon, a Catholic priest enters a chapel with a consecrated host placed inside a golden monstrance.
The priest places the Eucharist on the altar and then starts singing a hymn and playing a tambourine to invoke the Holy Spirit.
“Come, O, Holy Spirit; Descend upon us from heaven,” the priest sings for about five minutes and he is joined by dozens of Catholics.
As the singing ends, the priest uses a PowerPoint presentation to explain to his audience the gifts and attributes of the Holy Spirit as described in the Bible.
“Holy Spirit enables us to drive away demons (Matthew 12:28). He enables us to speak as God would have us speak (Mark 13:11). He helps us in our weakness (Romans 8:26),” the priest points out.
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