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Does Singing Priest Get Your Irish Up? Or Is Mass For Celebrating With Song?

See the priest blow away newlyweds — and the congregation.

When Father Ray Kelly surprised a wedding couple with a unique rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," it was the priest who was eventually blown away — by nearly 30 million views of his performance on Youtube.

We posted the latest viral video out of Northern Ireland as a way to ask about favorite wedding songs, but while most people praised the priest, a handful commented that such a performance was unbefitting of a house of God.

Which raises a question as Christians prepare to celebrate Easter Sunday:

  • Was the priest's performance a fitting gift to the surprised couple and appropriate for a wedding celebration? Or should churches be more subdued places reserved for contemplation? Tell us in comments below.
Barbara Glakas April 19, 2014 at 09:36 AM
I thought this was beautiful!
Todd Richissin April 19, 2014 at 09:59 AM
I agree, Barbara. A wedding is for celebrating, and from the reaction of the newlyweds and congregation, this looks like a good start to any marriage.
Lewis Tagliaferre April 20, 2014 at 11:46 AM
It must all be god's will or it would be different..his singing and the reactions to it...ergo theofatalism...google for details
Tom Higgins April 20, 2014 at 06:37 PM
I think it's most appropriate. The church house is not a graveyard.

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