New policy from the Holy Ghost Music Department:
NO MORE ANNOUNCING THE HYMN!
We've had two number boards now since January 2005. I think it's high time we quit defeating the purpose of having these boards. For now, my only announcement comes about a minute before Mass - In order to ensure a smooth flow of the liturgy, please follow the number boards, as there will be no further announcements. Thank you.
Reminders will probably go on until summertime, then that will stop too. Does it work? I'll put it this way: Listen to Christus Vincit Podcast #25 (The Easter Special), and right at the beginning, you'll hear some pretty dang good singing - at 7:30 AM, mind you. The hymn: Alleluia, alleluia, let the holy anthem rise.
Of course, that means I now play whole verse intros as much as I can get away with, to give people the chance to check the board and find the page. I never favored the 2-4 bar intro. I had a deacon once tell me I "play like a Protestant". Though I'm a cradle Catholic, I take that as a compliment. ;)