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.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to Commitment

  1. Charles says:

    We intended (pastor, parish administrator CFO, myself) did the math and Adam’s fiscal rationale is sound. We had intended to (and maybe still hope to) instill a sense of good stewardship by encourgaging the PiPs to purchase the Lumen Christi as the default replacing the pulp missals. However, as a stand alone, it wouldn’t suffice and we knew both the labor intensive aspect of preparing a weekly ordo with music, based upon having an SEP/Lumen proper at the processionals, along with a hymn AND song option, even in 11/17 dual/trifold, would stress me out, put an onerous burden upon the parish staff to simply duplicate and then fold, count and distribute the ordos weekly and for HDoObligation, not to mention the effect of subtracting the autonomy (which I watchdog anyway) of music leadership, made the switch for Advent A untenable.
    As you might remember, I refuse to believe that OCP lacks the resources, personnel and incentive to offer “boutique” pulp hymnals by which they would still insure yearly revenues but also satisfy the needs of the local parishes and dioceses that would commit to reasonable quantities to insure profit for the initial year’s order, and others to come . But OCP doesn’t seem at all interested in “outside the box” gearing up and marketing. And with scenarios that they control such as the ridiculous usage poll, why should they?
    Other than it would justify their monopoly on pushing new product over the specific needs of local communities….sigh.
    This approach seems, to me, the only viable way that print media product will survive the 21st century. Once pastors see the cost benefit of video projection licensing costs over the tens of K dollars wasted year after year, they’ll opt to install video screens in incongruous church interiors, post modern church retrofits and certainly in brand new installations. The publishers have to see a benefit in adapting their yearly subscription aides to an “on demand” status as well as their “status quo,” take it or leave it, we’ve decide what the repertoire is model such as in OCP’s Unidos/Heritage and Breaking Bread comprehensive collections.
    I hope to have the belly fire to again convince the pastor that we need to break the bondage of the intractable OCP monopoly, even tho’ I’m not an OCP hater. But, as you know, so much direct responsibility will further encumber this DM and for a few years not win new friends and influence older friends and colleagues.

  2. Jim McCrea says:

    We use a couple of slip sheets in the bulletin. The choices our Music Director makes are widespread and a fixed book would limit the available selections. And the cost to us is minimal.

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