- Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - An organist with Michigan roots is set to add his musical touch to Pope Francis’ U.S. visit.

The Bay City Times (https://bit.ly/1NGdCtt ) reports 34-year-old Benjamin LaPrairie will perform an entrance hymn that he composed for the pope during a Mass that will be celebrated by Francis in Washington D.C. on Wednesday. The Mass will take place in a temporary sanctuary at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

LaPrairie, who is from rural Bay County, is associate director of music at the basilica. His hymn is based on an eighth century chant.

LaPrairie will be one of about 180 musicians to perform during Wednesday’s Mass. He’ll play the organ only during the prelude, and he says it might be “nerve-wracking” because he’ll only get his “one moment.”


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