Skip to comments.Five Catholic Facts About Elvis
Posted on 05/31/2014 8:11:54 PM PDT by NKP_Vet
Elvis recorded 'The Miracle of the Rosary' in 1971 (issued on the 1972 album, Elvis Now), with the lyrics: 'O Blessed Mother we pray to thee/Thanks for the miracle of your Rosary/Only you can hold back/Your holy son's hand/Long enough for the whole world to understand/Hail, Mary full of grace/The Lord is with thee/Blessed are thou among women/And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus/O Holy Mary dear mother of God/Please pray for us sinners/Now and at the hour of our death/And give thanks once again/For the miracle of your rosary'
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“Now here’s one evangelical that had a special place in his heart for our Blessed Mother”
That is an interesting story, considering that Elvis was supposedly raised as a Fundamentalist. He was somewhat of a neighbor of mine when he bought his first house on Audubon Dr. in Memphis. Even though he expressed it in music, I am not aware of any church attendance in his popular years.
I did some genealogy research for a friend years ago. She was related to Elvis. If I remember correctly, he had a Jewish background but liked all denominations. I hope I get this right but think he had a apostolic Pentecostal background. Plus, I know he got a lot of his singing style from Black churches. The wife of a cousin grew up with him. Right after he died in 1977, my daughters and I went to MS to see relatives. When we got to Tupelo, we went by the house where he was born since it could be seen from the highway. We had never seen so many flowers. Never will forget that. I do not go that way anymore.
Thanks for this, I have read some bios on Elvis, he’s an intriguing figure as the comments allude to. Those bios get a bit gossipy and I’m enough of a fan to just bypass some of that. There is an Elvis forum on the net. I never really participated in it but I’d read it a bit to see what was going on. The man sang some great songs.
Maybe Scots treat him as one of their own too. Presley a Scottish surname? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presley Apparently a complex question.
“Elvis’ parents met in 1933 in the First Assembly of God in East Tupelo, Miss. Gladys’s uncles, Sims and Gains Mansell, were co-pastors.
Young Elvis was water baptized in that church in 1943 or 1944, according to biographers. That’s where he first learned to rock and roll.
‘Ministers played guitars, gyrated, and danced wildly while parishioners rolled in aisles, feverishly jumping about, and spoke in tongues’, Patricia Jobe Pierce wrote in The Ultimate Elvis.
The Presley’s moved to Memphis in 1948, when Elvis was 13. Dyson said it wasn’t long after that when Elvis and his parents began worshiping at his Church of Jesus Christ on Seventh Street at Saffarans.”
” he had a Jewish background “
Wow, I had never heard that, but I now see that it is true.
I knew Elvis only through my father. He had Elvis make a visit to a charity high school football game, proceeds of which went to the Lion’s Club Foundation for the Blind.
It was an annual event called “The Blind Game”. I was in my early teens at that time.
His only Grammy’s were for Gospel Albums.
“Presley’s ancestry was primarily a Western European mix: on his mother’s side, he was Scots-Irish, with some French Norman; one of Gladys’ great-great-grandmothers was Cherokee.Presley’s father’s forebears were of Scottish and German.
Somebody did some research a few years ago and claimed Elvis’
maternal GG grandmother was Jewish.
I’ve got all his gospel recordings. Gospel was his favorite music. His favorite singers were baritone gospel singers.
I don’t believe that Elvis ever hid the fact that his spiritual roots were in the Assembly of God Church. Although he didn’t go to church, he was a personal friend of Rex Humbard, who he kept in touch with and who he considered his Pastor. Rex preached his funeral.
Very interesting, thanks for posting this.
Some people are in denial.
I was so struck by Elvis’ “Miracle of the Rosary,” that we put it on our Rosary site: http://rosaryforpeace.com
It’s terrible to see how even so many people in the church justify the world’s artists, writers and musicians, even though their works clearly are antichrist and their fruits clealy show it, as Jesus said we’ll know them by their fruits. People will say that there’s good or even greatness in them that somehow means their evil and rebellion can be overlooked, but the Lord allows for no such thing. No doubt there was goodness and probably even a type of greatness to the fruit that the Lord forbid in the Garden of Eden, but He required that Adam and Eve follow His commands on what was good and evil, and not judge that by themselves through their own eyes or reasoning.
We listen to the Elvis gospel segment on SiriusXM every Sunday on the way to Mass, LOL.
Elvis was a Christian, made beautiful Christian music and said many times that the real “king” was King Jesus. He gave God credit for all his talent and everything else in his life.
Including the women and the drugs? Hail to the king, baby!
Guess he also praised God for someone invented peanut butter and banana sandwiches.
Elvis gave a sizable amount to the USS Arizona Memorial.
“A concert by Elvis Presley raised $64,000 for the memorial, but federal and indivdual funding was also involved
The public law stipulated that the monument would be built without federal funding. The Pacific War Memorial Commission was tasked with raising the $500,000 required it build the structure. Several organizations and individuals helped in the effort to raise the required amount. In 1958, the Territory of Hawaii contributed the initial $50,000. On December 3rd, 1958 the popular television series, This is Your Life hosted by Ralph Edwards featured Samuel Fuqua, Medal of Honor recipient and the senior surviving officer from the USS Arizona. This broadcast kicked off the public fundraising campaign.”
“After Elvis returned home from the army, he started an annual holiday season custom of contributing funds to Memphis charities. In November 1962, Elvis presented Memphis Mayor Loeb with a $50,000 donation to a combination of Memphis charities. A few days before Christmas in 1963, Elvis was back in the mayors office, this time handing over a check for $55,000 to be distributed among 58 local charities. Elvis donated similar amounts to Memphis charities at years end in both 1964 and 1965. By 1966, his generosity to the needy in his hometown had doubled to over $100,00. The following religious season, Elvis pledged $10,500 to the Memphis Jewish Community Center Building Fund.”
Priscilla Presley’s own book sounds interesting, synopsis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elvis_and_Me
The video in this link was made in 1952 as a metaphor for war, but by choosing the flower to represent Jesus teachings, it certainly is a good metaphor for the baiting presented by both SOME Roman Catholics and SOME Protestants.
Don’t know if it was ever shown Stateside, but I’ve seen it several times as a youngster and most Canadians under 75 will likely remember it. I’m sure I’ll get flamed by both sides in this dispute.
Don’t forget the bacon! ;o)
JD Sumner was his favorite baritone singer.
Elvis couldn’t go to church, he would have been mobbed. His “church attending” was listening to Rex Hubbard on TV.