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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.

By Todd Richissin

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.
fran April 21, 2014 at 09:45 AM
I think it was a absolute wonderful "gift" to the couple. There has always been singing in the Catholic Church and this "gifted" priest only added to the couples' day.
Peg Carbone April 21, 2014 at 10:44 AM
A wedding is a joyous occasion and meant to be a celebration. The song added to the celebratory mood of their special day! It was a beautiful and memorable gift the priest surprised gave this couple. I do not believe Jesus meant for us to be so solemn although on certain days (I E: Good Friday) solemnity has it's place.
virgil earp April 21, 2014 at 03:42 PM
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Marty Field April 22, 2014 at 01:28 PM
What a wonderful addition to their wedding. The priests voice is so good! Music increases serotonin, and is a part of church life. It is also good for the soul. I love to sign my praise for God!

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