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Colloquium 2015
January 25-27, 2015
Sheraton Silver Spring Hotel, Silver Spring, MD

We Are the Body of Christ:
Making the Paschal Mystery the Center of Liturgy and Life

Kathleen Harmon, SNDdeN, Ph.D.

As we gather for liturgy week after week, we become more fully the body of Christ as we share in the Paschal Mystery together.  Sr. Kathleen Harmon has dedicated her life’s work to this wonderful mystery.  Her work in liturgical ministry formation has raised many questions as to how this takes place and how we as formational ministers ourselves can aid in this undertaking with our ministers and assemblies.  In a recent phone conversation with her, Sr. Kathleen shared these questions:

How does the Liturgy make present the Paschal Mystery in us?
How does communal singing at liturgy attach us to the Paschal Mystery?
How does being more deeply aware of the Paschal Mystery inform our musical choices?
How do we ourselves need to surrender to the Paschal Mystery in order to help our assemblies do the same?

This is the tip of the iceberg, as they say, of the presentation Sr. Kathleen is preparing to share with us.  She intends delve into the meaning of the Paschal Mystery, to help us ground ourselves in its underlying theology, and to consider new ways to allow it to transform ourselves and our assemblies. 

We Are the Body of Christ… the world needs this reality so desperately.  I leave you with the words of St. Teresa of Avila and strongly urge you to start making plans now to join Sr. Kathleen Harmon and many of our DMMD members in January as we contemplate Making the Paschal Mystery the Center of Liturgy and Life.  After speaking with Sr. Kathleen, I can assure you this will be a colloquium you will not want to miss!   --Anne

hands Teresa of Avila (1515–1582)
Christ Has No Body

Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are his body.
Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
compassion on this world.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.



Our Presenter:

Sr. Kathleen Harmon, SNDdeN, Ph.D. is Music Director for the Institute for Liturgical Ministry in Dayton, Ohio, and one of the authors of Living Liturgy: Spirituality, Celebration, Catechesis for Sundays and Solemnities.  She facilitates workshops on liturgy, liturgical music, and cantoring across the United States and Canada.  In her most recent book, The Mystery We Celebrate, the Song We Sing: A Theology of Liturgical Music, she develops a theology of liturgical singing based on Sacrosanctum Concilium’s presentation of liturgy as enactment of the paschal mystery.  Kathleen holds a graduate degree in church music from Westminster Choir College and a doctorate in liturgy from Drew University.




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