A Christmas carol service for the Archdiocese of Colombo (in Sri Lanka) — intended to raise money for charity — went horribly wrong this month when the lyrics handed out to attendees didn’t include the proper version of “Hail Mary.”
Instead of a song with the words “blessed is the fruit of thy womb,” they were treated to a Tupac Shakur song of the same name with lines like, “revenge is like the sweetest joy / Next to gettin’ pussy.”
Andrew Choksy, who attended the Joy to the World service where the lyrics were distributed, said he recognized the Tupac song straight away.
“A lot of people were in shock as whether it was a joke or someone would actually rap the song,” he told CNN. “A few of the older ladies in front of us could not stop looking at the printed booklet.”
Church officials blamed the mistake on a “young boy” who just printed the wrong version of the song. When they realized their mistake, they took the books back, but not before a few images leaked online.
It’s too bad. For a moment, they had found a way to get people to attend a Catholic service.