Blue vs Red Hymnals?

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Simply_Nikki

Puritan Board Junior
My church uses the original blue 1961 OPC Hymnals in worship. I've only ever used a Red hymnal for a church I visited a few Sundays ago. My question is, what are the major differences between the two? I would like to buy an accompanist hymnal so I can play piano for my church, but it seems they only have the red ones available on www.gcp.org. I don't know why they don't they have the blue ones. Does anyone sell the original accompanist hymnals anymore?
 

fredtgreco

Vanilla Westminsterian
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The blue hymnals are being (relatively) phased out. The major differences are that the Blue hymnals have better harmonies, the Red more unison singing. There are also differences in which hymns are included.

In my opinion, the biggest advantage of the Red hymnals is that they are easier to read (see) and they have titles. That is very annoying in the Blue. And the fact that the Blue has different versions (tunes) of the same hymn with the same number is crazy. I absolutely hate it went some one requests a hymn, and we are not sure which tune it is.
 

Scottish Lass

Puritan Board Doctor
Nikki, I've poked around a bit on the OPC site, GCP, etc., and nobody seems to offer the accompianist version for the 1961/blue version, new or used, not even on Amazon. Your best bet may be to see if someone currently has a copy they aren't using because they switched to the red version.
 

Marrow Man

Drunk with Powder
Fred is correct. The biggest disadvantage of the blue Trinity is readability. The tune names, for instance, are missing, and I believe the font is slightly smaller as well. Plus, some "stand by" hymns are missing -- for example, I don't think "Be Thou My Vision" is in the older hymnal.

According to the Great Commission Publications website, they still some of the older hymnals left. Also, this link from the OPC website might help with the differences.
 

VictorBravo

Administrator
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And the fact that the Blue has different versions (tunes) of the same hymn with the same number is crazy. I absolutely hate it went some one requests a hymn, and we are not sure which tune it is.

That's my favorite part. Rock of Ages to the tune of Ajalon. ;)

Nikki, if you want to find an accompanist edition with most of the hymns, I think you will have to get the Trinity Baptist edition. It does in fact have most of the Blue Trinity hymns, but toward the end they added some Baptist oriented (and, in my opinion, not very good) hymns.

Kinda pricey:

Order Form for the Trinity Hymnal (Baptist Edition) — Site
 

Montanablue

Puritan Board Doctor
As well, the tunes in the blue hymns are higher. I hate this because I have a low voice, and whenever I visit a church that uses the blue hymnal, I can't even sing the alto line!
 

Glenn Ferrell

Puritan Board Junior
I'd like to obtain a used copy of the blue Trinity Hymnal. If anyone has an extra copy they're willing to sell, let me know.
 

PointyHaired Calvinist

Puritan Board Sophomore
The red TH has also changed the language of many hymns, the best known being "How Sweet and Awe-ful/Awesome Is the Place". Lots of hymns (inconsistently) changed thees and thous to plain old yous as well. (Any hymn that has "mod." on the bottom of the page has done this.)
 

Josiah

Puritan Board Senior
I'd like to obtain a used copy of the blue Trinity Hymnal. If anyone has an extra copy they're willing to sell, let me know.

My church (Bothell OPC) has many unused copies of the blue hymnal. Im sure that if you emailed Pastor Marc or the elders they might send you a copy. :up:
 

py3ak

Unshaven and anonymous
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The red hymnal has a different, very agreeable, tune for the version of Psalm 90 done by E.H. Bickersteth.
 

Simply_Nikki

Puritan Board Junior
As well, the tunes in the blue hymns are higher. I hate this because I have a low voice, and whenever I visit a church that uses the blue hymnal, I can't even sing the alto line!

Yes i have noticed this. I strain every time to reach those high D's and E's! and boy does it sound awful! :lol:

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I'd like to obtain a used copy of the blue Trinity Hymnal. If anyone has an extra copy they're willing to sell, let me know.

Oops.. i meant to hit quote, not the the Thanks button. Ah well.. consider it a freebie. Anywho you can still buy the blue hymnals "Pew Edition" from the gcp.org site. They just don't sell the blue accompanist hymnals anymore :(. Oh well.. from what it seems the red accompanist one may be better anyway. :)
 

Kevin

Puritan Board Doctor
I'd like to obtain a used copy of the blue Trinity Hymnal. If anyone has an extra copy they're willing to sell, let me know.

I just had 80 donated to my work here.

What are you offering? If you would pay shipping I could probably send you one.
 
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