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Stations of the Cross with Taizé Chants

posted Mar 24, 2014, 4:51 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated May 28, 2014, 9:31 AM ]
Singing is one of the most essential elements of worship. Short songs, repeated again and again, give singing a meditative character. Using just a few words expresses a basic reality of faith, quickly grasped by the mind. As these words are sung over many times, this reality gradually penetrates the whole being. Taizé Prayer is meditative common prayer that thus becomes a way of listening to God. Gathered in the presence of Christ, we sing uncomplicated repetitive songs, uncluttered by too many words, allowing the mystery of God to become tangible through the beauty of simplicity. 

Nothing can replace the beauty of human voices united in song. This beauty can give us a glimpse of "heaven’s joy on earth," as Eastern Christians put it. And an inner life begins to blossom within us. But these songs also sustain personal prayer. Through them, little by little, our being finds an inner unity in God. They can continue in the silence of our hearts when we are at work, speaking with others or resting. In this way prayer and daily life are united. They allow us to keep on praying even when we are unaware of it, in the silence of our hearts.

Join us for this special style of praying this Friday, March 28th at 6:30 pm as our Music Ministry leads and coordinates the Stations of the Cross.

Taizé is named for a small town located in France between Dijon and Lyons. It began in 1940 when Brother Roger bought property with several buildings that became a safe haven for World War II refugees. Eventually, it grew into a community of Catholics and Protestants from over 30 nations that defies the modern concept of divided Christianity. Taizé has provided the world with wonderful prayer and song, including the chants we’ll use in Friday’s Stations of the Cross.