The Canterbury Stone
As our building Centennial approaches, we’ve been extended a very special commemorative gift: an actual piece of the Anglican “mother church” to display on our property. Parishioner James Swartz, who lives most of the year in England, has donated a beautifully cut stone taken from the Great South Window (at left) of Canterbury Cathedral during restoration work, in honor of the 100 years of our building.
Dating to 1428, this stone has been installed at Emmanuel permanently and was dedicated to the Glory of God at the 10:15 Mass on September 17th by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Kent, the Viscount De L’Isle MBE. In honor of the 15th century stone, the choir sang "Beata Progenies," an anthem by the 15th century Master of the Choir at Canterbury Cathedral, Leonel Power.
Thank you to all who attended Mass and the dedication ceremony!