Have you ever experienced Taizé Prayer? Do you know the origins of Taizé Prayer? Sandy Wojtal-Weber, a member of Sunday Assembly at Holy Wisdom Monastery, offers this introduction to Taizé Prayer:
Christ is our center. The light of Christ illuminates our very being. This is meditative common prayer. Gathered together 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.
This form of prayer comes from the Taizé Community of France, founded by Brother Roger in occupied France in the 1940’s. From very simple beginnings, aiding war refugees and bringing together those who sought a life “following Christ in simplicity, celibacy and community,” the Taizé Community has become particularly well known for its simple yet powerful form of communal prayer.
Beginning with several short, meditative songs, the Taizé Prayer experience includes a “procession of light and song.” Grounded in the gathered community’s songs and meditative space, we are invited to bring a lighted candle forward to join a growing circle of light. As that powerful witness of light grows, we are reminded of the words of a familiar Taizé chant:
Within our darkest night,
you kindle the fire that never dies away,
that never dies away.
And finally, as we move into a time of silent meditation, Sandy provides these thoughts to guide us:
When we try to express communion with God in words, our minds quickly come up short. A fairly long period of silence to listen to the voice of God deep within is essential in discovering the heart of prayer.
Thank you, Sandy, for sharing your gifts in leading this Taizé experience, monthly on Friday evenings during the academic year, 7:30-9:00 pm in the monastery oratory. Like all prayer opportunities at Holy Wisdom Monastery, Taizé Prayer is open to all.
For more information, contact Lynn Lemberger at 608-836-1631, x138.