The Singing Priests of Belfast

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Priests sing the Midnight Mass.

In the sleepy parish of Ballyclare and Ballygowan, in rural Northern Ireland, 40 parishioners sit silently in the Church of the Holy Family. Shortly after 9 a.m., the sanctuary doors open, light floods the modest building and Father Eugene O'Hagan glides down the aisle in a white cassock, singing, "In my justice I shall see your face, O Lord."

His tiny flock has long known O'Hagan as their shepherd, guiding them from baptism onward. But in recent weeks they have also come to know him as one of the three ordained clergymen who make up a much-ballyhooed singing...

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