A Norwegian church was forced to improvise with a fizzy drink instead of holy water, during a child’s baptism because the taps had been temporarily turned off due to freezing temperatures.
Priest Paal Dale from the town of Stord, about 150 miles west of the capital Oslo, improvised by using lemon-flavoured cola to dab on a baby’s forehead during the baptism ceremony.
The priest told a local newspaper: “It had gone flat, only the lemon smell made this unusual.”
Dale said the child’s family were informed about the switch only after the ceremony because the priest “had a need to inform” them about the lingering lemon scent.
“They didn’t say much, but I assumed they smelled the aroma as well,” he said.