Ballad of Father Judge
A song written in memory of Father Mychal Judge, who on 9/11/01 upon hearing
the news that the World Trade Center had been hit, rushed to the site. He
was met by the Mayor of New York, Rudolph Giuliani, who asked him to pray
for the city and its victims. Judge administered the Last Rites to some lying
on the streets, then entered the lobby of the World Trade Center North Tower,
where an emergency command post was organized. There he continued offering
aid and prayers for the rescuers, the injured and dead.
When the South Tower collapsed at 9:59 AM, debris went flying through the
North Tower lobby, killing many inside, including Judge. At the moment he
was struck in the head and killed, Judge was repeatedly praying aloud.
"I wrote this ballad almost ten years ago, shortly after the 9/11/2001 disaster.
At that time I was not aware of anything like YouTube. I have tweaked the
lyrics and melody a bit since then and I found a wonderful husband and wife
musical and technical team Deb Herman and Joff Jones who are really responsible
for this production.
Please pass this on to as many people you know. I would like to get it onto
as many screens as possible before September 11. Also if you know of any
venue that would like me to perform the ballad, I will be glad to do so as
long as I can pass along the suggestion to donate to the Twin Towers Orphan
George D. H. Hertzberg August 11, 2011
Copyright © 2011 George D.H. Hertzberg. All rights