Priest's 'Hallelujah' Gets High Praise

Eric Scheiner
By Eric Scheiner | April 11, 2014 | 3:09 PM EDT

The video of Father Ray Kelly's version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” was taped at a recent wedding in Ireland and has become an internet sensation.

The priest from Oldcastle, Ireland, is a trained singer but he told reporters that the couple had no idea what was going to happen.

Father Kelly changed the lyrics to make the song more suitable for a wedding. A look at video from the ceremony indicates that the audience loved it.

According to BBC News, Father Kelly is currently working on his third album.

"I keep saying this will be my last because this year I'm 25 years a priest - I do it to make a few bob for local charities," he said.

h/t BBC News

Eric Scheiner
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