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THE HYMNAL

Also known as “the gray hymnal,” this was the official hymnal of the Church from 1956 until 1981. It contains 582 or 583 hymns, depending on the printing. The first printings of the hymnal included “Come, Come, Ye Saints” as #580. The hymn was ordered removed in 1960, so the next several printings had a blank page where that hymn should be. Later printings scrambled the last few hymns and filled in the blank page.
Normally the covers were gray, but original bindings have also been found in red, green, black, yellow, and sky blue.
This book was also produced in a looseleaf edition for piano and organ and in two pocket-size printings—one with a black leather cover and the other a light blue paper cover.