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Priest Surprises Wedding Guests With Beautiful Rendition Of “Hallelujah”

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1. Father Ray Kelly stunned bride and groom Chris and Leah O’Kane at their wedding in County Meath, Ireland, by bursting into song during the ceremony.

The priest altered the lyrics of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” to reference Chris and Leah’s wedding day, bring both of them to tears.

A video of his rendition was uploaded to YouTube on Monday and has already been watched over 2.6 million times.

2. Speaking to BBC Radio Ulster’s Talkback radio programme, Father Kelly said:


Normally local people know I sing at weddings, funerals or when I’m asked, but they didn’t know – the bride Leah is from Dublin and the groom Chris is from Cookstown in County Tyrone.

They were having their reception at a hotel about ten miles away and chose our church.

We had the rehearsal on Thursday evening and at the end I said, ‘sure maybe I’ll sing an aul song for you myself’ – Leah grinned and said ‘OK sure’ but I don’t think she was taking it too seriously.

3. According to the Irish Times, Father Kelly is currently working on his third album to coincide with his 25th year since being ordained.

He was part of The All Priests Show in Dublin and has performed in the U.S.

“I love to sing, and I love the buzz of performing. I travelled to America and did shows there. I’ve never had to deal with anything like this before, but I’m coping,” he said.

4. He also previously performed Westlife’s You Raise Me Up at another couple’s wedding.

Fantastic.

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