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Church Prints Tupac's 'Hail Mary' Lyrics For Xmas Carol (Photo)

| by Denise Recalde

Churchgoers attending a Christmas carol service in Sri Lanka were shocked to be presented with a program featuring the lyrics to late rapper Tupac Shakur's 1997 track "Hail Mary" instead of the traditional Catholic prayer. 

The mistake took place at the 2016 Catholic Joy to the World Festival at the city of Colombo's Velum Pokuna Theatre, considered one of Sri Lanka's biggest Christmas celebrations, in early December, The Independent reports.

Instead of featuring the lyrics to the Hail Mary, a 1,000-year old prayer based on the Gospel of Luke, the program read: "Makaveli in this... Killuminati, all through your body. The blows like a twelve-gauge shotty."  

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And: "I ain’t a killer, but don’t push me/Revenge is like the sweetest joy next to gettin’ p***y," and "...Mama told me never stop until I bust a nut/F*** the world if they can’t adjust, it’s just as well, Hail Mary."

Both songs are prayers to Mary, the mother of Jesus, to have her intervene on behalf of sinners. Tupac's lyrics, however, describe specific sins, such as drug-dealing and murder. 

The service aimed to raise funds for "poverty alleviation projects" directed by the archdiocese of Colombo and a charity partner. 

According to The Guardian, Colombo-based man Andrew Choksy, an attendee at the service, took pictures of the program.

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"A lot of people around us were in shock as to whether it was a joke, or if someone would actually rap the song," he said.

"A few of the older ladies in front of us could not stop looking at the printed booklet."

His pictures of the explicit program eventually went viral as friends of his, who were sent the pictures, posted them to social media. 

"No explanation was given [by organizers] at all," he said. "They didn’t acknowledge it at the venue. To be honest, I don’t think many people saw the booklet at all. The people that realized were shocked at first but then took it in good humor around me," he said.

"To be honest, I was bursting inside."

Shakur was shot and killed at the age of 25 in Las Vegas in 1996. His killer was never found or apprehended. 

"Hail Mary" was his last single, released posthumously.

​Sources: The Guardian, The Independent / Photo credit: Paramount via Billboard

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