Irish Catholic Wedding of Chris and Leah O’Kane

Although the Chris and Leah O’Kane family is not related to our branch of the Kane family in Ireland, yet, we thought you would enjoy these delightful videos of part of their wedding ceremony.

Irish Catholic Wedding of Chris and Leah (Crowe) O’Kane on April 5, 2014 at St. Brigid’s Catholic Church, Oldcastle, County Meath, Ireland.

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The group SonLight Music Ministry performing “Be Thou My Vision” at Chris and Leah O’Kane’s Wedding on April 5, 2014 at St. Brigid’s Catholic Church, Oldcastle, County Meath, Ireland.

“Be Thou My Vision” is a traditional Christian hymn of Irish origin; “Rop tĂș mo Baile”, the original Old Irish text, is estimated to have been written anywhere from the 6th century to the 10th or 11th century.

The following are the lyrics to “Be Thou My Vision”:

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, be Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, and I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul’s Shelter, and Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

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Irish Catholic Priest Father Ray Kelly performing “Hallelujah” at Chris and Leah (Crowe) O’Kane’s Wedding on April 5, 2014 at St. Brigid’s Catholic Church, Oldcastle, County Meath, Ireland.

“Hallelujah” – The original song and lyrics were composed by Leonard Cohen.

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The custom lyrics were composed by Lucy Pitts-O’Connor, aged 10 years at the time she composed her custom lyrics for the song “Hallelujah”. She was from Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, and performed her custom lyrics for the song “Hallelujah” at her godmother’s wedding on July 23, 2010. Father Ray Kelly asked Lucy Pitts-O’Connor and her parents for a copy of the customized lyrics for the song “Hallelujah”, to which they agreed.

The following custom lyrics, based on the lyrics of Lucy Pitts-O’Connor, were sung at the wedding of Chris and Leah (Crowe) O’Kane by Father Ray Kelly on April 5, 2014:

“Hallelujah”

We join together here today,
To help two people on their way,
As Leah and Chris start their life together,

And now we’ve reached their special date,
We’ve come to help them celebrate,
And show them how much we all love them too yeah,

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah,

As Leah is walking up the aisle,
And Chris looks up and gives a smile,
The love that flows between them, fills the Church yeah,

With Leah’s friends and family at her side,
She really is the blushing bride,
With love and pride they lead her, Hallelujah,

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah,

With the priest and the family who lead the prayers,
We say our lines and they say theirs,
I guide them through the ceremony union,

And in this house of God above,
They join their hands to show their love,
And say those most important words, ‘I do’ yeah,

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah,

Hallelujah, Hallelujah.