Irish 'wedding singer' priest goes viral

Irish 'wedding singer' priest goes viral

A bride and groom in Co Meath have been given a wedding to remember, after the priest launched into an emotional and personalised version of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah during the service.

Father Ray Kelly wowed the congregation with his vocal ability and brought the bride to tears.Newlyweds Leah and Chris O'Kane were celebrating their big day in the priest's Old Castle parish when the surprise performance added to the occasion.According to the Irish Times, Father Ray had told the couple he would sing for them - but they had no idea exactly what to expect.And few people in the church seemed prepared for the priest's impressive voice.We join together here today to help two people on their way, as Leah and Chris start their life together ...Father Ray Kelly, singing Hallelujah"Locally, most people know I sing at weddings, but Leah and Chris aren't from the parish," Father Ray told the newspaper."I told them at the rehearsal I would sing for them, but I think they were a bit taken aback."After the song, those packed into the church pews erupted into applause, cheers and whistles, with some people getting to their feet to give the singing priest a standing ovation.Meanwhile, since a video of the weekend performance was posted online on Monday, more than 2,600,000 people have viewed it - with many of them leaving comments full of praise."I'd have been sobbing my heart out - what an amazing voice, and truly a gift from God," one viewer noted.Another added: "Church numbers would go up. Man has soul."YouTube

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