A Portuguese priest, who has taken up the role of being a DJ during the lockdown, is here to lift your spirits and keep the cabin fever away. With him, prayer and music have come together to help you through the isolation blues. By Manya Saini
Ever wondered what would happen if faith combined with electronic pop music? Well, Guilherme Peixoto, a priest from a small northern Portuguese town, has combined the two to create something truly unique and magical. Every week on Friday and Sunday, the priest doubles as a DJ and takes to Facebook to live stream music to his followers.
Partygoers everywhere can testify to the fact that the correct vibe is crucial while dancing the night away. Taking a cue from this, Peixoto nails the party ambience with sparkling decorations, strobes and fairy lights. The 45-year-old priest-turn-DJ swaps his vestments for a T-shirt and stands behind his turntable, mixer and microphone, playing tunes for thousands of people across the globe.
Music, however, has been the heart of this priest for years. Last year during his visit to the Vatican, Peixoto requested Pope Francis to bless his headphones. In fact, Peixoto has spent every summer DJing for people in his community for over a decade.
As the socially isolated world looks to the church and other religious institutions for faith and speedy recovery, the clergyman believes that there are many ways to pray and stay connected. By using social media, Peixoto has encouraged all his followers to practice social distancing and to stay indoors until the coronavirus crisis passes. Explaining his motivations, Peixoto says, “Although churches are closed, I want to let people know there are many ways to pray.”
In difficult times, Peixoto and countless more coronavirus heroes – big and small – are lending a helping hand as the world tries to pull through the crisis. Listening to this quirky priest turned DJ’s tunes is sure to put a smile on your face, get those feet tapping, and make it easier to fight it through.