A British church has garnered controversy over using a revised set of lyrics to the classic Christmas carol “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” that celebrated queer identity and omitted reference to Satan or Christ being the Savior.
A worshiper at All Saints with Holy Trinity in Loughborough posted a tweet from a now-deleted account on Dec. 19 that featured a photo of the modified lyrics, with the person saying, “Flipping love my church.”
The photo of the lyrics was obtained by The Telegraph and others, which shows revised lyrics to “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” that omitted references to Satan and no longer described Christ as our Savior, while also adding references to “queer and questioning” individuals and “women, who by men have been erased.”
“God rest you, queer and questioning, your anxious hearts be still, Believe that you are deeply known and part of God’s good will For all to live as one in peace; the global dream fulfilled,” read one new verse.
“God rest you also, women, who by men have been erased, Through history ignored and scorned, defiled and displaced; Remember that your stories too, are held within God’s grace,” read another.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols was among the critics of the revised lyrics, explaining in comments published by the Daily Mail on Thursday that Christmas carols should reflect timeless belief rather than contemporary controversies.
“Ritual helps us to step outside of our own little bubble, connect with something that we have received, inherited, and that we hope to pass on,” Nichols explained.Church faces backlash for changing lyrics to Christmas carol | World News