Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Hymnals and Their Use

Hymns and the books that contain them hold a cherished place in my heart. I mourn the substitution of the chorus for the hymn in the church service. This project, while a quaint tribute to the hymnal, deeply offends me. Although I generally consider recycling a virtue, I can't help feeling this hymnbook angel verges on sacrilege.




Your thoughts?

7 comments:

{lauryl} said...

I don't know about sacrilege... but it's AWFULLY ugly, isn't it? I think if people are going to cut books, they'd better do it in a way that is beautiful. This doesn't fit the bill.

Anonymous said...

Oh dear. . . I am more inclined to agree with you. I often pick up hymnals and Bibles at flea markets. They just don't belong there, ya know? I have a small collection and it is very interesting to note some hymns that aren't in the new hymnals. Great for learning the old ones our grandparents used to sing. I also just enjoy reading them as poetry. Very encouraging!

Josie Ray said...

Rebecca, that IS horrid. More horrid in spirit than in appearance. I, also, have collected a number of old hymnals. I love learning "new" songs from them, love just having them around as tried-and-true companions. I like to think of all the years they must have spent in pew-pockets...maybe they bring church-grace with them! I even love the little-kid scribbles on the end papers (though WE were not allowed to do that! :-). True, I hate to see any book slaughtered; we were taught to greatly respect the knowledge contained within, the efforts and intent of the authors and publishers, and to greatly value our ability and freedom to read. This is an extreme case of shallow, disrespectful trivializing of what contains the sacred.

Rebecca said...

Thank you, friends. I feel more justified in my initial reaction. Though perhaps I ought to clarify that the project did NOT involve cutting the pages, simply folding. If that's any consolation whatsoever...

Grant said...

I concur

Grant said...

but with moderation in my denuciation

Anna M Blanch said...

aesthetically = fail. Folding is somewhat a consolation although i have to admit that while I love books, I also enjoy altered books as an art form. And i might use a hymnal for one of those...