First Unitarian Society in Newton

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Vespers: Come for Music and Contemplation


Vespers at FUSN, on the second Sunday of each month, is designed specifically for the diversity of spirit and thoughtful meditation that is First Unitarian Society in Newton, with music and poetry chosen especially to fit FUSN's monthly theme.

FUSN's Vespers is just half an hour—a way to set aside the noise and stress of daily life; to spend some time in stillness and mystery.

The lay-led service is based on the ancient monastic service of Vespers, one of the four Daily Offices of the ancient Christian church, descended from Jewish traditions of singing the psalms on a regular basis.

The Vespers service is a chance to find solace or affirmation in these ancient arts:

  • Chant: Mozarabic, Byzantine, Ambrosian, or Roman or Greek;
  • Polyphony: Renaissance or modern settings of sacred texts from a variety of traditions;
  • Spiritual readings: Poetry chosen and read by FUSN's Catherine Morocco, Holly Zeeb, Alice Wood, and Carol Siemering.

The music is performed by Vermilion: Martha Bancroft, soprano; Amy LeClair, alto and director; Alex Nishibun, tenor; Peter Schilling, baritone; and Anthony Garza, bass.

Our faithful and wonderful usher is Moragh Ramage.

Come experience Vespers for yourself every Second Sunday of each month. Check the home page for information on the Vespers selections for this month.

—Amy LeClair

Upcoming Services

November 2, 2014 - 10:15am
Rev. Meghan Cefalu
November 9, 2014 - 10:15am
Rev. Erin Splaine
November 16, 2014 - 10:15am

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