COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- A priest in Sri Lanka apologized after the program for one of the country's largest Christmas services contained Tupac lyrics instead of the traditional Catholic prayer, "Hail Mary."
Attendees at Colombo's Joy to the World 2016, one of the country's largest Christmas services, said they discovered the "Hail Mary" printed in a middle page of the program for the Dec. 11 service wasn't the prayer asking for the intercession of the Virgin Mary, but rather the lyrics to a 1997 song of the same name by late rapper Tupac Shakur.
"A lot of people were in shock as whether it was a joke or someone would actually rap the song," Andrew Choksy, who attended the service, told CNN. "A few of the older ladies in front of us could not stop looking at the printed booklet."
Choksy said the misprint, which contained numerous profanities, went unaddressed during the service.
"No explanation was given [by organizers] at all," he told The Guardian. "They didn't acknowledge it at the venue. To be honest, I don't think many people saw the booklet at all. The people that realized were shocked at first but then took it in good humor around me."
"To be honest, I was bursting inside," Choksy said.
Father Da Silva of the Archdiocese of Colombo, which organized the service with the Joseph Vaz Trust, said a "young boy" volunteer had accidentally downloaded the lyrics to the rap song instead of the prayer while preparing the program.
"The page was in the middle of the booklet. When people looked at this page, they saw it before the start of the show. Two people saw it and alerted us to it," Da Silva said. "We are very sorry to say that this happened."