Priest with COVID-19 livestreams Mass on Facebook, assisted by an oxygen tank

(Aleteia News) As long as he’s able, Fr. Miguel José Medina Oramas wants to continue praying with his congregation.

It’s impossible not to be moved at witnessing Fr. Miguel José Medina Oramas’ tenacity, zeal, and desire to serve Jesus Christ and His Church. Fr. Medina is the pastor of Santa Luisa de Marillac, in Mérida, the capital of Yucatán (southeast Mexico), and although he has contracted COVID-19, he has not stopped celebrating the Mass and sharing it online for his flock.

The image is worth a thousand words: a fully vested priest, emaciated and with oxygen tubes in his nose, celebrating Mass live on Facebook—obviously suffering from the virus, but giving his best effort for the good of his faithful.

Unable to celebrate Mass with a congregation, especially after falling sick in early August, he has been celebrating the Mass in a chapel and live streaming it on the parish’s Facebook page. The account already has more than 20,000 followers.

He decided that he “wasn’t going to stand by with his arms crossed” during the pandemic, he told El Universal, and he hasn’t. First from his room and then in a chapel, he continues to be in contact with his parishioners, and with many other people who are joining his transmissions, inspired his exceptional effort. We can only imagine the toll it must be taking on him. “I deeply trust in the power of prayer and I believe that thanks to it I can stand on my feet while facing COVID-19. [I feel] the caress of God in my heart and his sweetness through so many brothers praying for me,” said Fr. Medina when interviewed by El Universal.

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