A choral setting of an English religious text similar to a motet, usually used in church with or without organ accompaniment.An anthem is a short vocal composition. in the church of England the word indicates such a composition often using a non-liturgical text (i.e. not part of the official service). A full anthem is for full choir, without soloists, while a verse anthem makes contrasting use of solo singers. both these forms flourished in the church of England from the late 16th century.