In The Ministry of Music: Singing the Paschal Mystery, Kathleen Harmon examines the musical elements proper to the contemporary Roman Catholic eucharist not only in terms of their history and function but always with a view to their ability to form the Christian assembly in its continued entrance into the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ. Sound - organized and usually texted - becomes a vehicle for God's presence to the worshippers. Such a sacramental view of music testifies to its importance, along with the other arts that are employed in liturgical celebration. Thus, liturgical music should not be perceived simply as something mandated by the rubrics or as a pleasant diversion during the hour or so Catholics spend in church on Sunday, but rather as an element vital to authentic liturgy. After reading The Ministry of Music, one wants to encourage all faint-hearted congregants to sing out with full voice their faith in Jesus the Lord.
Frank C. Qui
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