Cardinal Vincent Nicholls slams rewriting of Christmas carol ‘Awakened’

An English bishop backtracks after a church choir sings an “awake” version of a popular Christmas carol that injects gay language and “inclusive” language into the song.

“God have mercy on you, stranger and interrogator, your anxious hearts linger,” said a line from the remixed American version of “God have mercy, Merry, gentlemen” sung by the All Saints Choir with Holy Trinity in Loughborough, England. According to The ExpressAnd another saying: “May God have mercy on you, O women who cooked men at the hands of men. Throughout history, they have been ignored, mocked, defiled, and displaced.”

Cardinal Vincent Nicholls, Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, objected to the altered version of the song and Progressive formulation injection.

“I think what Christmas does, and many other moments, tells us the importance of ritual,” Nicholls told the Radio Times. “Rituals help us step out of our little bubble and connect with something we have received, inherited, and hopefully pass on.

“These values ​​are the continuity of the repertoire, the ability to sing together, to look at the rituals that have been formed over centuries. Perhaps these for me are more important than Special sensitivities that come and go.”

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The choir sang a modified version of “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” in gay inclusive language.
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The modified American version, written by Jeffrey Wilsor and used by the Hollywood Progressive United Methodist Church, retains only the first and second lines of the original song, which dates back to the 17th century in England.

We strive to be an inclusive, environmentally conscious, and multicultural community of worship (IWC) engaged in issues of social, racial, and climate justice,” states the church’s website.

“We don’t think we have all the answers but for those who wish to travel with us in Christian faith and work, you will find a welcome here.”

“…these are probably more important to me than private sensitivities that come and go.”

All Saints of Holy Trinity Church did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.

“Absolute disgust that worship of our Lord and Savior is being used to advance a political ideology that is contrary to the teachings of ChurchofEngland,” Sam Margrave, member of the general synod of the church, said. Posted on Twitter Along with many other users who He objected to the reworking of the song.

Not everyone was against the song, including apprentice priest Rachel Brind-Sorch, who said, “I love my church” when posting a photo of the service bulletin online, According to the Daily Mail.

“My faith informs my politics and I will never be sad or angry or apologize for attending a church which challenges me to think more about it and about the politics being legislated in our name,” Brind-Sorch later added after the controversy broke.

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