Monday, March 13, 2017

St Patrick's Celebrations in Germany, a very busy Fr Ray Kelly

From Germany

A bit of publicity!

Translated page (verbatim) from Süddeutsche Zeitung München:

Youtube priest sings a "Hallelujah" for Munich

 2014!  People, pictures, emotions - RTL Jahresrueckblick
After his success on the Internet, Father Ray Kelly got records and television appearances. (Photo: Andreas Rentz / Getty Images)

On Saturday, 11 March, at 6 pm, the singing priest Father Ray Kelly comes to a church service in the St. Ludwig church in the Maxvorstadt.
The occasion is St. Patrick's Day, the Irish national holiday.
Ray Kelly was known worldwide three years ago by his version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah".
By Franziska Gerlach
He is an Internet star with a good line to the sky, and on Saturday he wants to bring his message to the Munich - and especially the song that has made him known worldwide: "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen . This weekend is also celebrated on the Isar of St. Patrick's Day, the national holiday of the Irish. And on this occasion comes Father Ray Kelly: On Saturday, 11 . March, at 6 pm, the singing priest in St. Maxvorstadt celebrates a worship for the National Saint, together with the Irish Jesuit priest Niall Leahy SJ.

It was also the clergy who worked for the Pfarrverband Grünwald, who invited him to Munich. The two countrymen are told in English and German, as Ray Kelly tells. Above all, the 63- year-old priest from County Meath wants to sing his version of "Hallelujah" with the Munichers, the song with which he became known worldwide three years ago.

The 1984 song , written by the recently deceased Songpoeten, is one of the most popular songs ever. Not so easy, so to excite attention. Although Kelly has sung as a child and later charity albums released. But he did not have a career on the net when he sang a "Hallelujah" as a surprise for a wedding couple in April 2014 . A wedding guest filmed the singing insert and put the video on the net. More than 55 million copies were called up to date, followed by records and TV shows, the full program.

The man does not seem exaggerated. In his sermon in St. Louis, he says calmly, he would like to bring the message of hope and faith to the Munich ministers, the message of hope and faith that was also the concern of St. Patrick. This is said to have lived in the fifth century and is considered the most important spreader of the Christian faith in Ireland. Everywhere in the world St. Patrick's Day is celebrated, on the European mainland the Munich Parade is the largest. It starts on Sunday, 12 . March, at twelve o'clock at the Münchner Freiheit, and crossed Leopold- and Ludwigstraße as far as Wittelsbacherplatz.

That on Sunday the Fröttmaninger stadium will shine green, Kelly has already heard. Perhaps he will also check out this, because Kelly wants to make sightseeing in Munich and refresh memories - more than 40 years ago he was here last.

Facebook post from Fr Ray

Hallelujah performance, now on YouTube:

Blessing of the Shamrock

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