Priest 'Blesses Children' by Slapping Their Heads as They Queue up at The Altar

The video shows the man shaking each child's head as they line up with their parents before they are sent on their way. This is the moment a priest at a church gave several children a bizarre version of a blessing - by tugging at their hair as they queued up by the altar.

The youngsters are said to have been preparing for their First Communion in a Brazilian church when the unnamed holy man was reported to have been giving them an unorthodox blessing.

In the clip, he grabs each child's head before shaking it from side to side - then sends them on their way.

Parents also queued up with their children, and didn't seem to be concerned about the odd ritual. The strange video has been posted to Facebook where it has clocked up more than 102,000 views.

Many social media users commented on how the priest appears to be laughing in the footage, and how the children seem to take it in their stride. But not everyone took the blessing in a light-hearted fashion.