The Priests, Replayed

This video features another performance by The Priests, the trio of Northern Ireland parish priests who have been a singing sensation this Christmas season.

Their eponymous album, released at the start of Advent and featured here by the Daily Blog, has gone platinum with more than 300,000 copies sold, the Belfast Telegraph reported yesterday.

The Telegraph also reported that the trio — Father Father Eugene O’Hagan, Father Martin O’Hagan and Father David Delargey — are in discussions about possibly recording a second album of hymns for commercial distribution.

The current print issue of the Register carries Anthony Flott’s excellent article about The Priests, featuring interviews with them.

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Flott reports on the powerful Catholic witness that the humble priests have presented to the music industry personnel they have encountered during their brief recording career.

Their manager, Samantha Wright of Bright Artist Management, told Flott that her perception of priests has been changed radically by her clients.

“I must confess to being apprehensive when I first met them,” said Wright, who was baptized in the Anglican Church, but admitted she is not religious. “I thought they would be disapproving in some way or other. But they didn’t judge me at all. In fact, I had judged them, believing they would judge me. If all clergy are like this, bring more on!”

— Tom McFeely

The Earth is Not Our Mother

“The main point of Christianity was this: that Nature is not our mother: Nature is our sister. We can be proud of her beauty, since we have the same father; but she has no authority over us; we have to admire, but not to imitate.”—G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

The Earth is Not Our Mother

“The main point of Christianity was this: that Nature is not our mother: Nature is our sister. We can be proud of her beauty, since we have the same father; but she has no authority over us; we have to admire, but not to imitate.”—G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy