I saw at the Café, Adam Bartlett is picking up on a generation-old argument for a permanent hymnal. It’s not a bad argument to make. Economically and green-wise, it’s often a good solution for parishes.
My own parish is approaching twenty years with its first hardcover hymnal. Based on the wear on our books, we’re due for a change in three to five years, I would say. I have no idea what our music people might recommend for a replacement. As people have been jettisoning 1990’s era hymnals, I’ve been able to get good deals on helpful materials like choir books and instrument editions.
Mr Bartlett the salesman telling you which way to go:
It is the Lumen Christi Missal and it is ready to help you communicate to your parishioners the permanence, timelessness, universality and beauty of the sacred liturgy. At the same time it can save your parish thousands of dollars.
If you make the switch from a disposable missal before this Advent, you can save 10% on your total order (use coupon code advent2013).
I had a report from a friend who said that after almost two years of reform2 music, and a widescale hemorrhaging of choirs and parishioners, a nearby parish is going back to OCP materials. I can only imagine the infighting that went into that decision and the one that cost them so much in the first place.
Switching from disposable to book, and from one publisher to another is a huge decision. I wouldn’t leap before taking a lot of time and effort to study and discern.