Father Yoan [John] received help from the border police of Georgia to carry out this original idea
Clergymen in Kakheti (Eastern Georgia) chose an unusual form of communicating their message ‘with the flock’.
Priests decided to ‘bless’ students of several village schools from the air: they sprinkled holy water on school students gathered in the school courtyard.
Later, they also dropped candy.
Father Yoan says that he asked the director of the school to bring the students out onto the street.
“Next year, we’ll also drop blessings from the air, and then we’ll give out candy,” he said.
Father Yoan was assisted by the Georgian border police.
However, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia suspended the high-ranking officer for allowing non-military personnel to board a helicopter.
An investigation has been opened into the case and is ongoing.
It turns out that this was not the first case when priests were allowed by border guards to use a helicopter.
In an interview with Netgazeti, Metropolitan Sergi stated that the priests sometimes use a helicopter to fly with icons over the diocese and to bless it against enemies.
“But that doesn’t happen often,” he explained.