Andrea Bocelli stuns Florida congregation; sings at Christmas mass

Parishioners at Miami Beach’s St. Patrick Catholic Church received an unexpected present for Christmas — the voice of internationally renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli.

The Italian opera singer arrived for afternoon mass Wednesday at 3 p.m. But was he coming to simply celebrate Christmas services or did he have something else in store?

“For Christmas, I want absolutely to have a mass, and for this occasion, if they ask me to sing, I sing, I’m happy about it,” said Bocelli, according to WSVN channel 7 News.

Who could refuse the offer of his magnificent voice?

“We had tickets to go to his concert on St. Valentine’s Day, so this is like a special treat,” said churchgoer Margarita Courtney.

WSVN reported:

He may have sold millions of albums and filled sold-out stadiums worldwide, but on Christmas Day, Bocelli said, he is just a member of the congregation sharing his God-given talent. “I’m Christian, so for me it’s the most important day of the year,” he said.

An Italian mass was held for the famous Italian tenor, widely considered to be one the best singers in the world. The congregation took out smart phones and tablets to record the occasion for posterity.

“It’s amazing; it’s truly a gift of Christmas,” said Courtney.

Watch the WSVN news report.

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78 thoughts on “Andrea Bocelli stuns Florida congregation; sings at Christmas mass

  1. Mex Seiko says:

    I love Andrea Bocelli. There’s a nice video on YouTube of his testimony about abortion. I pray he would open his eyes (spiritually) to the apostasy of the Church.

  2. George Ellis Mims says:

    I wish that MEDIA would STOP turning our eyes off of Jesus and his birthday. Bocelli made it clear that was the reason for the season and his presence at Mass. The PRESS is apparently stunned when someone famous GOES to Church???? An appreciation is appropriate but you’ve made him the point of the day. Shame!!!

  3. knighttemplar01 says:

    An absolute gift, to have him sing on Christmas. An example of the true spirit and joy of giving.

  4. tokoloshiman says:

    Bocelli is amazing!

  5. rhetorical1 says:

    What an incredible blessing this Church received. Wish I was there.

  6. Alfred Guerrero says:

    Just because his name is Andrea doesn’t mean when he is a woman… Reporters need to do research before reporting the news! BAD MEDIA!

  7. auntielib says:

    Take part in a national celebration AGAINST the GLBT bigots over in GLAAD!

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014 will be Chick-Phil-A Day, and you are invited to (1) wear your Duck Commander or other brand of camo clothing and (2) dine at your local Chik-Fil-A restaurant. The motto of the day is “Stand for Free Speech, Sit for Good Food”

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