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The Ministry Of Music

Singing the Paschal Mystery

Kathleen Harmon, SNDdeN

The Ministry Of Music
The Ministry Of Music

ISBN: 9780814628782, 2878

Details: 104 pgs, 5 3/8 x 8 1/4
Publication Date: 09/01/2004

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More than just a simple guide to liturgical music, The Ministry of Music explores the acclamations, hymns, and responsorial psalm from the perspective of liturgy as ritual enactment of the paschal mystery—an enactment which the music allows us to join. Harmon includes practical advice and suggestions for selecting seasonal music and helps create a paschal mystery spirituality to shape our daily lives.

Begins with an Introduction and Part I, Liturgy and the Paschal Mystery. Chapters in Part II, Musical Implications and Pastoral Applications are: "Defining Liturgical Music," “Singing the Acclamations,” “Singing the Hymns and Songs,” “Singing the Responsorial Psalm,” “Singing the Litanies,” “Selecting Music with the Liturgical Year in Mind,” “Selecting Seasonal Sets of Service Music,” “Selecting a Parish Music Resource.” Concludes with Part III, A Paschal Mystery Spirituality for Liturgical Musicians.

Kathleen Harmon, SNDdeN, PhD, is music director for programs of the Institute for Liturgical Ministry in Dayton, Ohio, the author of the Music Notes column for Liturgical Ministry, and co-author of Living Liturgy: Spirituality, Celebration, and Catechesis for Sundays and Solemnities, published by Liturgical Press.


Kathleen Harmon has carefully prepared a handbook that probes the theological, liturgical, and practical hands-on issues pastoral musicians must confront in their ministry. It is a must-read for musicians, clergy, liturgists, catechists, and liturgical ministers of all descriptions, who together must diligently work to communicate its lessons to the man and woman in the pew.
Robert J. Batastini, Vice President/Senior Editor, GIA Publications

The Ministry of Music: Singing the Paschal Mystery is an interplay of liturgical scholarship, musical expertise, pragmatic ministry, and faithful discipleship. Kathleen Harmon provides the reader with a solid and thorough grounding in scripture and the documents and traditions of the Church, bringing their insights to bear on the daily, weekly, and seasonal realities of the life of the pastoral musician. This book will not only be a benefit but a blessing to all those who minister through music in the mission to spread the Gospel.
Alan Hommerding, Senior Editor, World Library Publications