(EXPRESS) — CONGREGATIONS will be singing karaoke-style carols this Christmas as many churches ditch traditional hymn books.

Instead they are installing giant screens in the nave using an iTunes app to guide the congregation through the words.

Trendy vicars claim that the new-tech approach makes people sing louder.

The Rev David Green, a vicar in West Malling, Kent, said: “Screens get people’s heads up, they are singing up and out and not looking down. The volume is noticeably much louder.

“But it has to be done properly. I’ve seen very cringe-worthy services where people did not know what they were doing. There are pitfalls – such as words being out of sync with the organ.”

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