Video: Priest rocks out at wedding, surprises bride and groom

(Oldcastle, Ireland) On their wedding day, Chris and Leah O’Kane got the surprise of a lifetime when their priest belted out a personalized version of “Hallelujah,” a song originally written by Leonard Cohen and more recently popularized by Jeff Buckley’s rendition.

Video courtesy of invitationlovejesus via YouTube

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Sally Morrow

Sally Morrow joined Religion News Service in March 2012 as Photo/Multimedia Editor. She is a photographer and editor based in Kansas City. Morrow has worked as a multimedia editor and photographer at Newsday, The Des Moines Register, and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.


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  • If Father enjoys singing, he should do it at an open-mike in a pub, NOT behind the altar. And though this Leonard Cohen is a beautiful song, I am sure it is not recommended for the Rite of Marriage.

    Wake up Father, this is not YOUR show !

  • I bit more context on this story would be nice. Are the bride and groom good friends of Father Chris? Maybe one of them is related? This would definitely justify this special treatment. However I have to agree with DCN, behind the altar is not the proper place for performances of secular songs (Even if the lyrics have been changed). Perhaps the ambo was better???
    Beautiful church by the way.

    “Viva Cristo Rey!!”

  • I think it is horrible that anyone would criticize such a special touch to a special day. Comparing it to a bar room. All of you are little stuffed shirt. I think it was wonderful, kind and thoughtfull and should be rejoiced for being that way. Take a break you idiots. BTW – who are you to judge so harshly.

  • Just an observation, NOT a judgement. Only God can judge.

    I think it is time for people to understand what “to judge” means in a Christian sense.

  • I’m sure God cried, just like I did! That was AMAZING. He gave that couple a memory that they will never forget! Though it’s not an ancient religious song, it is most certainly song at thousands of weddings every year; & I really don’t think God will care that it was sung by a priest instead of by some “wedding singer.” God bless you Father; oh ya, it looks like he already did!!