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Color Bulletin Covers for the Historic Lectionary

The esteemed Fr. Stuckwisch aside, Gottesdienst encourages the use of the historic "series of lessions" (Ap. XXIV.1) of Epistles and Gospels. It is a great blessing that LSB has produced a full range of resources for the historic Church year (even if they took some liberties in lengthening the Introits), and the LSB selections for additional readings from the OT are, in my opinion, a great improvement over previous attempts.

Alas, CPH did not see fit to support the LSB Historic Lectionary when it came to bulletin covers. Many parishes that use the Historic Lectionary have come up with other options: no cover, black and white clip art from Higher Things (which is very good, by the way - is this CD still for sale? I can't find a link...), or clip art of their own devising. But up until now, those who wanted quality, full-color bulletin art for the Historic Lectionary were out of luck.

So kudos to the good folks at Pax Domini Press for saving the day. Their CD-ROM includes ready to print pdf versions of full color bulletin covers (examples above and below) and the same bulletin covers with the introit (LSB lengthened style), gradual, verse, and collect on the back (NKJV). While you're on their website, check out Pax Domini's offerings for VBS and Sunday School - also highly recommended.

They are practically giving the bulletin cover CD away at $50. Currently my parish pays CPH $161 per quarter for Sunday bulletins. (Why do we still use them since we're on the Historic Lectionary? Long story. But now Pax Domini has saved me from images of aluminum trays with plastic cups and AARP clip art of grandpa with balloons.)

You will definitely need a color laser printer to make a go of printing these. An inkjet would be too slow and would rob you of a lot of the beauty of the art. If you are currently purchasing full color bulletins, I think you will at least break even with your printing costs. The bulletins are designed to print on 8.5 x 11" paper (landscape), but with a little finagling in Adobe or Foxit Reader you can get them to print on legal size paper as well.


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