A revised "Hallelujah" for the Passion

With Holy Week approaching, a reader from Canada sent this my way: Leonard Cohen’s ubiquitous classic, rewritten to tell the story of Christ’s Passion, by singer Kelley Mooney.

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  1. thanks for posting this. Beautiful and moving…

  2. Deacon Tim. McAuliffe says:

    Dear Deacon Greg:

    I went to the usual places endeavoring to locate the
    lyrics of this terrific adaptation of Cohen’s Hallelujah.


    Found on YouTube too – still No lyrics.

    No CD for purchase.

    Do you have a source or could you point me in the right direction, please?

    THANX for this and all you do.

    Albany, NY

  3. Deacon Greg Kandra says:

    Tim …

    I googled and came up with this. Hope it helps!


  4. Gail Tuit says:

    Beautiful song! Thanks for writing this!!!!!

  5. pagansister says:

    Ditto to the above: BEAUTIFUL! Loved seeing that Kelly Mooney (who has a wonderful voice) was accompanied by a choir of equally wonderful “girls”. Thanks Deacon.

  6. I didn’t know goosebumps could last so long! Unbelievable!!!

  7. Awesome and chilling. Keep up the great work.

  8. Linda Witbeck says:


  9. Not goosebumps – TEARS! It moves me to tears every time I listen — and I can’t seem to stop listening. PLEASE someone tell me where I can find a CD or something I can keep and listen to until I wear it out!

  10. Thank you. I hope to forward to my cousin Brian, in Canada as a reminder of the hope of Jesus and the Cross, just diagnosed with Cancer. May this remind him of our Risen Lord and how God is in control!

    Cheryl Lundin

  11. I love this! Would like several copies of it when publisdhed. Pls. let me know via my e-mail when it is out and where I can get it. Will be forwarding this to my contacts. Thanks so much.


  12. Deacon Tim. McAuliffe says:

    lyrics by Kelley Mooney
    (Adapted to the music of Leonard Cohen’s HALLELUJAH)

    A crown of thorns placed on His head

    He knew that He would soon be dead

    He said did you forget me Father did you?

    They nailed Him to a wooden cross

    Soon all the world would feel the loss

    Of Christ the King before His Hallelujah

    Hallelujah x4

    He hung His head and prepared to die

    Then lifted His face up to the sky

    Said I am coming home now Father to you

    A reed which held His final sip

    Was gently lifted to his lips

    He drank His last and gave His soul to glory

    Hallelujah x4

    The soldier who had used his sword

    To pierce the body of our Lord

    Said truly this is Jesus Christ our Savior

    He looked with fear upon his sword

    Then turned to face his Christ and Lord

    Fell to his knees crying Hallelujah

    Hallelujah x4

    Took from his head the thorny crown

    And wrapped him in a linen gown

    And laid him down to rest inside the tomb

    The holes in his hands, his feet and side

    Now in our hearts we know he died

    To save us from ourselves oh hallelujah

    Hallelujah x4

    Three days went by again they came

    To move the stone to bless the slain

    With oil and spice anointing hallelujah

    But as they went to move the stone

    They saw that they were not alone

    But Jesus Christ has risen Hallelujah

    Hallelujah x4

  13. Remarkable Leonard Cohen. I just love him. Leonard Cohen has returned with a great new album, Old Values – and more sense of humor and wisdom. Old Ideas is just awesome. Do you realize he was born in Montreal in 1934 ? He was in fact a poet before becoming a musician and performing. You can get Old Ideas from Amazon … http://goo.gl/oZH6N

  14. Richard O'Mara says:

    I’m from St Cecilia’s Parish in Port Dover, Ontario Canada. Last Easter, our folk choir sang and played this precious song…..I doubt that there was a dry eye in the church …..so powerful….so moving ….the new hymn of Easter

    God Bless

    Richard O’Mara

  15. I heard this very moving version for the first time at our Good Friday service and had a hard time to control the tears. Our very capable choir director played his guitar and sang solo inviting the congreation to join in for the Hallelujah. Fantastic!

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