A Catholic Priest tragically collapsed at the altar in the middle of giving a sermon – dying just five days later from a heart problem.

The priest, identified as Father Jean Sinsin Bayo, appeared to be in great pain while giving Sunday mass at the altar.

In the footage, Reverend Jean preaches the Homily at the altar while wearing a face mask.

Delivering the sermon in French, he abruptly stops speaking in the middle of the clip.

The priest’s eyes then roll back as he sways on the spot before collapsing in front of the congregation, prompting shrieks and gasps of horror from the crowd.

Father Jean Sinsin Bayo appeared to be in pain before he fainted
Father Jean Sinsin Bayo appeared to be in pain before he fainted

As the clip ends, other members of the church rush to his aid.

The incident was filmed during the Silver Jubilee Anniversary Mass of a Priest in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on August 22, according to Catholic news site aciafrica.org.

Father Jean was treated at hospital but died five days later from a heart condition, according to the news site.

Bishop Gaspard Béby Gnéba of Ivory Coast’s Man Diocese confirmed the "return to the Almighty Father of Fr. Jean Sinsin Bayo" in a press statement on August 27.

He will be laid to rest on Sunday, September 6.

People were horrified by the news when the video of the priest fainting was shared on Twitter by Chidi Odinkalu, a lawyer and former chairman of the National Human Rights Commission.

One person wrote: "These are the signs of the end of time... We may have entered the last hour of the end."

"I'm comforted because he died preaching the gospel. May his soul rest in peace," said a sympathetic well-wisher.