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U2 songs turn into church hymns !

A number of Episcopal Churches in the United States are incorporating the rock band's music into their services.

india Updated: Oct 31, 2006 16:23 IST

Don't be surprised if you're asked to sing If God Will Share His Angels - a hit by Irish rock band U2 - in a church, for the rockers have got their songs turned into hymns.

Reports suggest that following Bono's tough stance on the 'Make Poverty History' campaign, a number of Episcopal Churches in the United States have started incorporating the rock group's music into their communion services.

Dubbed the U2Charist, the practice was first started by Episcopal priest Reverend Paige Blair in July, and has now spread to over 150 churches in 15 states across the US.

"Bach and Handel were the popular music of their day, and they had trouble getting played in church. The Methodist hymn writers once wrote contemporary music," The Sun quoted Reverend Blair, as saying.

But while the church is using their songs in their prayers, it has been quick to deny they’re worshipping the campaigning rocker.

"Are we worshipping Bono? Absolutely not," the Reverend added.

First Published: Oct 31, 2006 16:13 IST