Music is at the heart of worship at Emmanuel. Our Rite II Eucharist on Sundays at 10 a.m. features organ music, sung mass settings, hymns, a psalm chanted to a Gregorian psalm tone or to simplified Anglican chant, and anthems sung by the choir. Hymns encompass familiar favorites and more recently composed tunes. They are drawn primarily from two Episcopal hymnals: Hymnal 1982 and Wonder,
Love, and Praise. The Emmanuel Choir sings anthems that span the history of music. Several times a year, we enjoy musical presentations from soloists, our handbell choir, and the Emmanuel Angel Choir.
Music also plays a key role in services offered in addition to our Sunday morning offerings. The choir sings three 5 p.m. Evensongs annually in celebration of All Saints’ Sunday, Mid-Lent (Laetare Sunday), and Founders’ Day on the first Sunday of June. The Emmanuel Choir combines with the choir of St. John’s, Newport for two other special services during the year: Lessons and Carols (sung at St. John’s) and a choral Eucharist in celebration of Ascension Day (sung at Emmanuel). Emmanuel is also pleased to host fine musical groups like the Russian Men’s Ensemble from St. Petersburg, Russia and the early music ensemble Schola Cantorum of Boston. Our First Sundays at Five series offers the opportunity to hear even more beautiful music, whether it is country fiddle tunes at our annual barn dance or beautiful chanting from Taize with cantor, keyboard, flute, and oboe.
If music is important to you, then you’ll find yourself among friends at Emmanuel. Come join us!