Deaf judge composes mass for Benedict

Hard of hearing NSW Justice George Palmer has composed a sung mass to be performed for Pope Benedict at the World Youth Day closing mass at Randwick next July.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the mass is titled Benedictus qui venit. It's from the Latin liturgy "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord", in honour of the visiting Pope Benedict.

Justice Palmer said: "This is a youth Mass, but it has to be suitable for everyday Sunday use, so it has to be happy, uplifting and full of energy."

Justice Palmer is a judge in the equity division of the NSW Supreme Court. He has written classical music for his own pleasure for many years.

Music specialist Fr Arthur Bridge of Blacktown in Sydney said: "George's music is incredibly earthy and easy to listen to: good, solid music that every level of society can enjoy."



SOURCE
Deaf judge writes Mass for closing day of Pope's visit (Sydney Morning Herald, 6/9/07)

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