Priest accidentally turns on face filters while conducting online mass

Priest accidentally turns on face filters while conducting online mass

Amid the coronavirus lockdown in Italy, a priest tried his best to allow his congregation to virtually attend Mass - but in the process, he unintentionally activated Facebook's video filters.

A Twitter user posted a clip of the mishap on March 24 and it quickly went viral, with 339.6k likes and 89.1k retweets at the time of writing.

"In Italy today, a priest decided to live-stream a mass due to COVID-19. Unfortunately, he activated the video filters by mistake," Gavin Shoebridge wrote alongside the video.

This is the moment the priest accidentally turned on the face filters while conducting an online Mass:

The video shows the priest going ahead with the Mass after setting up his camera, completely unaware that his congregation are watching their priest while a series of comical filters appear around his head. Some of these filters included flowers, weights and what appears to be a space helmet.

Naturally, the people of Twitter found the gaffe absolutely hilarious, and took to the social network to share their thoughts.

One Twitter user wrote: "I woke up my wife to watch this, she has had to blow her nose twice from laughing so hard… My throat hurts so much. I can’t go into our bedroom, I am still giggling and am afraid to wake up our 5 week old son [sic]."

Another commenter added: "I love this so much. I’m not a churchgoer, but I appreciate the effort they’re making for their congregation, despite the fact that they might be technically challenged [sic]."

A third wrote: "Only thing that has made me giggle lately. I’ve watched it 10 times. This sweet priest brought laughter to man unintentionally. God works in strange ways [sic]."

In more serious news, Italy's COVID-19 death toll has recently overtaken that of China, where the infectious outbreak began.

At the time of writing, there are currently 69,176 cases in the country and tragically 6,820 people have died from the disease, per the John Hopkins coronavirus tracking map.