To many people, the words “Hail Mary” bring to mind the famous Catholic prayer, but as any 2Pac fan knows, it is also the name of one of the last tracks the rapper recorded before his untimely death in 1996.

The two things may share a common name, but that is where most similarities end. The prayer seeks forgiveness of the blessed Virgin Mary, while the song is a haunting perspective on the violence and darkness surrounding Tupac Shakur’s final days. There are definitely some spiritual themes throughout the song, but it is hard to mistake it for a Christmas carol.

However, that is exactly what one Sri Lankan church did. Somehow, Shakur’s version of “Hail Mary” ended up in a book of carols for the Joy to the World 2016 festival with the lyrics as unedited as they would be in the album booklet.

There are a fair share of less-than-holy lines in the song, but the image of a congregation singing “I ain’t a killer, but don’t push me/Revenge is like the sweetest joy next to gettin’ p***y” really just puts me in the holiday spirit.

This sort of mix-up almost makes you wonder if there wasn’t a Sri Lankan Bart Simpson behind this.

For the record, Hail Mary is still an infinitely better Christmas song than the impossibly creepy “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” no matter how you doll it up.


About Ben Sieck

Ben is a recent graduate of Butler University where he served as Managing Editor and Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Butler Collegian. He currently resides in Indianapolis.