"Move the song board to the column by the flowers, closer to the altar. Everyone would be able to see it better."
An excellent suggestion! We've begun talking about this with the musicians, parish staff, pastoral council, etc. We think we have an even better suggestion:
The counter-arguments: It affects the aesthetics of the sanctuary, making it more "artificial" and "electronic"; we lose the concrete symbolism of the wooden board; someone has to be trained to control the board; it is one more electronic thing that can go haywire.
Price is not an argument. Electronic hymn boards are actually CHEAPER than old fashioned wooden ones.
In the coming weeks, we'll discuss this more. If you have any opinions - for, against, or neutral - please do let us know! You can comment here, send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org, or just mention something to Marilee Roederer or Fr. Bob.
Praise the Lord with music!
friar Bob Showers OFM Conv.