Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Thursday, April 26, 2018

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Father Dairo E. Diaz, a priest of the Archdiocese of Hartford who currently serves as a chaplain in the United State Air Force, celebrates the Easter Vigil Mass on an aircraft as it flew to a deployment on March 26.

As he put it, in an email, “As we were [at] 35,000 feet flying toward Afghanistan, I realized we were going to be in the air for a long time. I decided to invite the military personnel to come to the back of the aircraft to celebrate with me the Easter Vigil Mass.

“After hearing some confessions, we celebrated the holy Eucharist together. Turbulence did not stop the lieutenant colonel who was proclaiming the liturgy of the word out of his iPhone. It did not scare the participants who were standing, waiting to receive Holy Communion. It was a great experience for all of us. We felt so close to God, they said, not only spiritually, but even physically. 

“This experience made me realize even more the great blessing I had received through the Sacrament of Holy Orders. A priest is always bringing the presence of Jesus to his people, even on an aircraft 35,000 feet in the air on a Saturday night.”