Singing priest surprises wedding with rendition of Hallelujah

Father Kelly signs the Leonard Cohen version of Hallelujah. Credit: YouTube/invitationlovejesus

A priest has become a YouTube sensation after singing the Leonard Cohen version of Hallelujah on a wedding day in Ireland, stunning guests but especially the bride and groom.

The rendition by Fr Ray Kelly begins after 0:57 seconds and lasts for over three minutes:

The video has now reached a staggering 2,182,308 views on YouTube so far, with the song being sang at a pitch-perfect level during the wedding of Leah and Chris.

The County Meath priest told BBC Radio Ulster's Talkback programme that the couple had no idea what was going to happen, even though he suggested it:

Father Kelly adjusts his mic before he breaks out into song. Credit: YouTube/invitationlovejesus

The priest is a trained singer who is currently working on his third album and has also taken part in The All Priests Show in Dublin, the Irish Times reports.

Father Ray Kelly also took to the mic at the wedding of another couple. But instead of closing the ceremony as planned, the priest bellowed Westlife's - You Raise Me Up.

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