German Composer Wolfgang Seifen has composed a new Mass for the celebration of Pope Benedict XVI's 80th birthday on April 16, 2007. The premier performance will be in Seifen's home city of Berlin. The composition will later be performed at St. Peter's Basilica on October 10 of this year.
The Mass, titled "Tu Es Petrus", was prepared on the initiative of The Church in Need. It was written in Latin for symphony orchestra, choir and organ, and it follows the classical structure of the Mass with the Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus and Agnus Dei. As a boy, Seifen was a student of the Pope's brother, George Ratzinger. He sang in the children's choir at Regensburg Cathedral. Seifen previously composed a work for Pope John Paul II. He is presently a professor and church organist in Berlin, Germany. (Source and photo)