What does Devil in a Midnight Mass mean?

Billy Talent: Devil in a Midnight Mass Meaning

Album cover for Devil in a Midnight Mass album cover

Song Released: 2006

Devil in a Midnight Mass Lyrics

A devil in a midnight mass,
he prayed behind stained glass.
A memory of sunday class,
resurrected from the past.

Hold your breath then count to four.
Pinky swears don't work no more.
Footsteps down the hallway floor,
getting closer to my...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Jul 29th 2006 !⃝

    This song is actually about a priest who sexual assualted 150 boys in 30 years across america. He was convicted and whilst in prison and inmate got into he cell and killed him.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Jul 11th 2006 !⃝

    The song is about how priests sexually harrassed little boys and got away with it. There was actually a guy who recently committed suicide because he was harrassed as a child.

  3. anonymous
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    May 14th 2009 !⃝

    The song is about a Boston priest who raped about 350 children, but more about his death("your bed is made, its in the ground").
    He went to prison for his crime(s) . but in the middle of the night another inprisoned went to his cell and cut off his throat("violent knight at the edge off your knife").

  4. anonymous
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    Aug 8th 2007 !⃝

    This sing is about a priest in Boston who sexually harassed and murdered children at his church, hence the line, "Put my trust in God that day, not the man who taught his way". It is also about how singer Ben Kowlewicz can take an issue such as this and talk about it in a personal way.

  5. anonymous
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    Jul 9th 2007 !⃝

    Songs about the priest that raped 150 kids in US.
    Ben said on much.

  6. anonymous
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    Mar 16th 2007 !⃝

    I agree this song is definitely about the rapes that a priest committed on young boys. If you search devil in a midnight mass on wikipedia it gives you part of an interview where Ben (the lead singer) says about that.

  7. anonymous
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    Feb 27th 2007 !⃝

    "Forgive me Father"...won'T make it right-
    they mean if you forgive the father for touching you that it won't make it right and maybe the priest might keep on doing it

    Silent night for the rest of my life-
    you'll be better of being silent about being raped or I I(the kids) don't want to talk.

    Violent knight at the edge of your knife-
    If it keeps happening(rapes) I should kill myself

    You're guilty!- anything you do your the priest is the guilty one

    and at the end when all the kids mouths are missing that means that they haven't spoken about the rapes. And the kid that's being chased by the apparition he's being haunted by the thought of the raping

    I think is the deepest part of the song

    A devil in a midnight mass
    Killed the boy inside the man
    The holy water in his hands
    Can never wash away his sins-
    the devil broke down the priest( spiritually), the priest is sorry and tries to wash away his sins but God doesn't forgive him

    (this is such a deep song, I love it)

  8. anonymous
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    Jul 25th 2006 !⃝

    Along with sexual harassment from the priest interpretation, I believe it can also be a statement against the catholic church for once you're in, you and everyone in your family is basically sucked in as well.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway

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