PRAYER  FROM  TAIZÉ
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"INNER SILENCE "makes possible our conversation with God."
    

     Once a month we celebrate Taizé prayer along with other Christian churches in the Brighton area. It is on a Friday evening. You can check the church bulletin and this website for the date and time.

     The hour long prayer consists of songs, psalms, Scripture, the Lord's Prayer, intercessions, and periods of silence.  The songs are of repetitive structures, namely, short musical phrases with singable melodic units that can be readily memorized by everybody... The use of some very simple words in basic Latin and of course English to support the music and the theme of prayer is also dictated by pastoral reasons.  It is the Word of God set to music -- its constant gentle repetitive quality allows deep contemplation and prayer on the sentiments that it expresses.  An essential part of the prayer is moments of silence.  "Inner silence makes possible our conversation with God.”  For the voice of God is often heard only in a whisper, in a breath of silence. Remaining in silence in God’s presence, open to the Holy Spirit, is already prayer. Please watch the bulletin and join us for Taizé prayer. 

     Taizé, in the south of Burgundy, France, is the home of an international, ecumenical community, founded there in 1940 by Brother Roger Louis Schutz-Marsauche. The community is made up of over a hundred brothers, Catholics and from various Protestant backgrounds, from more than twenty-five nations. The brothers are committed to material and spiritual sharing, to celibacy, and to a great simplicity of life.  Since the late 1950s, many thousands of young adults from many countries have found their way to Taizé to take part in meetings of prayer and reflection. In addition, Taizé brothers make visits and lead meetings, large and small, in Africa, North and South America, Asia, and in Europe, as part of a pilgrimage of trust on earth.
                                   
     At the heart of daily life in Taizé are three times of common prayer. The structure of the prayer is similar to that of the "Divine Office" from the Catholic monastic tradition consisting of a hymn, psalms, scripture reading and intercessions. On Friday nights the Cross of Taizé, an icon brought to Taizé by the members of the orthodox Church, is placed flat on the floor of the Church. The climax of the liturgical week is undoubtedly the Service of Light which takes place on Saturday nights. This is not unlike our own Liturgy for Holy Saturday night. All present are given candles as a symbol of the presence of the risen Lord. As the Christus Ressurrexit is being sung, the church is filled with a great sense of joy and hope. The spirituality of Taizé is a spirituality that is firmly rooted in the great Christian tradition of the past, yet it is open to the contemporary world, but most of all it is centered on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Pope John XXIII, a friend of Brother Roger's once referred to Taizé as "that little springtime."

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