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Ministry of the Cantor

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More than just a song leader, the cantor plays an invaluable role within liturgical music. In The Ministry of Cantors, Kathleen Harmon, SNDdeN, addresses and defines the changing role of the cantor within an understanding of liturgical music. Harmon focuses on the cantor as psalmist and helps the cantor bridge, and meditate on, the encounter with Christ in the Gospel. Also includes preparation hints and daily spirituality for the cantor, as well as an exploration of cantor ...

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Overview

More than just a song leader, the cantor plays an invaluable role within liturgical music. In The Ministry of Cantors, Kathleen Harmon, SNDdeN, addresses and defines the changing role of the cantor within an understanding of liturgical music. Harmon focuses on the cantor as psalmist and helps the cantor bridge, and meditate on, the encounter with Christ in the Gospel. Also includes preparation hints and daily spirituality for the cantor, as well as an exploration of cantor gestures.

Chapters are: The Cantor's Changing Role," *Being the Psalmist: Understanding the role of the Responsorial Psalm, - *Being the Psalmist: Preparing to Sing the Responsorial Psalm, - *Pastoral Issues Related to Singing the Responsorial Psalm, - *Being the Psalmist: Singing the Psalms for Morning and Evening Prayer, - *Pastoral Issues Related to Singing the Psalms for Morning and Evening Prayer, - *A Spirituality of the Psalmist, - *Being the Song Leader, - *The Cantor Gesture, - *Who Ought to Be Cantor? - and *The Cantor and the Paschal Mystery. - Also includes an Introduction.

Kathleen Harmon, SNDdeN, PhD, is the music director for programs of the Institute for Liturgical Ministry Dayton, Ohio, and is the author of the Music Notes column for Liturgical Ministry, published by Liturgical Press. An educator and musician, she facilitates liturgical music workshops and cantor formation programs, teaches private voice lessons, and is a past parish music director.

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This wonderful booklet . . . is a significant contribution to the role of cantor and explains the spirituality, theology, and pastoral meaning of this ministry and explains how this spirituality and meaning are to be seen and sung through the person of the psalmist.
Emmanuel

Kathleen Harmon makes a significant contribution to the role of the cantor in her marvelous reflections on spirituality. The cantor's ministry is rooted in the paschal mystery of Christ's death and resurrection, finds its richest expression in the singing of the psalms, and has the profoundly pastoral purpose of enabling the prayer of the gathered assembly. Harmon gently challenges cantors to prepare themselves by prayer and study, and then to take on their role with a clear understanding of these important dimensions.
J. Michael McMahon, President, National Association of Pastoral Musicians

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814628775
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Series: Collegeville Ministry Ser.
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 820,941
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author


Kathleen Harmon, SNDdeN, is the music director for programs of the Institute for Liturgical Ministry in Dayton, Ohio, and is the author of numerous publications including The Mystery We Celebrate, the Song We Sing: A Theology of Liturgical Music, The Ministry of Cantors, and The Ministry of Music. She is also a contributor to the Living Liturgy™ family of resources, published by Liturgical Press. An educator and musician, she facilitates liturgical music workshops and cantor formation programs. She holds a graduate degree in music and a doctorate in liturgy.
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Table of Contents

Abbreviations vi
Introduction vii
1. The Cantor's Changing Role 1
2. Being the Psalmist: Understanding the Role of the Responsorial Psalm 8
3. Being the Psalmist: Preparing to Sing the Responsorial Psalm 13
4. Pastoral Issues Related to Singing the Responsorial Psalm 22
5. Being the Psalmist: Singing the Psalms for Morning and Evening Prayer 27
6. Pastoral Issues Related to Singing the Psalms for Morning and Evening Prayer 37
7. A Spirituality of the Psalmist 42
8. Being the Song Leader 52
9. The Cantor Gesture 61
10. Who Ought to Be Cantor? 72
11. The Cantor and the Paschal Mystery 81
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