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Episcopal Hymnal 1982 Blue: Basic Singers Edition Hardcover – January 1, 1985
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Short story short: DO NOT BUY KINDLE EDITION.
Short story long: You know how in church they post the hymn numbers on the wall and/or in the bulletin for you to know what you are going to be singing today? Yeah, they didn't include an option to search by hymn number. Not only that, but the table of contents is "Not Available For This Title"! How do they expect people to search? Especially when the service is going, and you need to be able to quickly flip to the hymn. Completely idiotic idea to convert the Hymnal to a digital format and not accompany it with the smart search option. There is an option to search by keyword, so let's say I entered the Hymn number 690, which happens to be this Sunday hymn, I got 18 search results. Second major bummer is -- all the music score is an image, so while you do have an option to zoom in on a page to be able to read the tiny font, the images are fuzzy, and if you need to "flip the page", you can't do it in the zoomed view, so you have to zoom out, flip, and zoom in again. Keep away from this option, it'll save your money and your nerves.
Perhaps I'm just too dull to figure it out, but I cannot see how to navigate through this book. It would have been so much easier if the Table of Contents and the various Indices contained links to the hymns, but they don't. I can only locate a particular hymn by scrolling through the book and guessing where it should be.
And the hymns aren't always there. Let's say I'm looking for hymn number 595. I may get to a page that has the heading for that hymn, but it's likely that I will have to continue to scroll to find the "picture" of what the page would look like in the printed hymnal. In many cases, when I scroll through subsequent pages, all I find is the page heading (number and hymn title) - no lyrics or music.
This book is mostly completely useless. It makes me wonder if my copy is somehow broken, or if all the positive reviews were actually intended for a different ebook.
I bought it to replace my previous hymnal which was exactly the same. Thank you!
You will find here a wealth of traditional Anglican and Episcopal hymns with a few, a very few, modern additions, still the foundation of most church hymnody in most churches: "Rock of Ages," "Holy, Holy, Holy," "Come Thou Almighty King" and the like. You will not find a wealth of vernacular American hymns like "Leaning On the Everlasting Arms" or "Open My Eyes, That I May See"; but you will find "When Morning Gilds the Skies" and even "Onward, Christian Soldiers." THE HYMNAL 1982 is not for all worshiping Christians, but if you're Episcopalian or seek insight into their worship, it is a must. New and used copies continue to be easy to find. Quality of fabrication is more than adequate.
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