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“Beautiful Easter Service”

Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Reviewed 20 April 2014

After seeing this magnificent church on the hill a few months ago, we decided we wanted to attend a worship service there and this morning, Easter 2014, we did just that. The building itself is so beautiful. When we entered the sanctuary, there was no doubt we were in church. The music was so moving, as was the service. The Bishop noticed us in the congregation and approached us and asked our names. He made a point to invite us to the social and egg hunt afterwards. While we're United Methodist, we enjoy visiting churches of other denominations. This was our 2nd visit to an Episcopal Church and found the traditional worship service to be reverent and meaningful. Oh, and the music was extraordinary. We want to go back and take the tour of the facility at some point. The church and gardens are just beautiful.

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Reviewed 16 December 2013

I grew up going to the church did everything there but pastor. The church is beautiful but it is spiritually dead. The church has been infested with politics and caters "the word" to fit every person's beliefs. It is very beautiful and they do some good things in the community. They thrive on big social elaborate parties. Make sure to dress nice to fit in! Despite my feelings about what the church has become I pray for Emmanuel and hope it rediscovers the true meaning of church. There is absolutely no evidence that the tunnels was a part of anything that had to do with the underground railroad.The tunnels are fascinating and have some great history connected to them. Great spot for pics but not for your soul.

4  Thank Cumberland R
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

My experience of this building was overwhelming, coming from the UK and entering such a beautiful building made my visit more worth while. I also attended 'Pasta Mania' that evening was utterly outstanding, the food was to die for.

I will be back.

3  Thank Michaela365
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Reviewed 3 October 2013

Between the Tiffany windows, the historical fort and the tunnels used for the underground railroad, the visit is worth the time. The church is still active, so plan to visit after service hours. A stop at the Parrish house is the place to start to get entrance to the church and its many sites. Take a few minutes in the Bishop's Garden to reflect upon all that has taken place in this historical site.

4  Thank pictograms
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

When we got to Cumberland we stopped at the visitor center and one of the things we were told was this is another Episcopal church with Tiffany Windows. (We saw Trinity Episcopal in Buffalo, New York's windows previously). But as we studied the information about the church, and it's location within the Fort Cumberland's grounds, and it's intricate and deep connections to the Underground Railroad we were just awestruck at it's beauty and fullness of Spirit. The cooperation between escaped slave Samuel Denison and Rev. David Buel made this church part of the last stop for slaves moving north before hitting the Mason Dixon line. What a fascinating history. But then, there are the windows! When you enter the sanctuary and look around you have no problem identifying those exquisite Tiffany windows. The rear windows and the altar windows are more in his traditional style, but the Rizpah Window over the South Door goes more into an art deco design, unique and wonderful. The sanctuary itself is an architectural treat. Just a lovely experience to be in this holy building where great history was made.

4  Thank ruthandvern
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