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Shalom Spirituality Center invites people of all faith traditions to experience prayer in the style of Taizé on Thursday, September 6, at 7PM. The contemplative prayer hour includes sung repetition of short refrains led by area musicians, a Scripture reading, intercessions, and shared silence.
Taizé prayer is the creation of a monastic community in Taizé, France, founded in the 1940s. The brothers there emphasize service and ecumenicalism, particularly reconciliation between divided Protestants and Christians.
A characteristic trait of Taizé Prayer is the use of repetitive prayers set to simple musical lines. Repetition is not a new phenomenon nor unique to Taizé. The use of repetitive prayer has a long history in Christian spirituality and liturgy (think: the Rosary). What is unique to Taizé Prayer is the adaptation of the repetitive form to simple musical lines and core Biblical texts that can be sung. Those assembled are to immerse themselves in the simple but profound harmonies and let themselves be carried by this sung prayer.

The other characteristic trait of Taizé Prayer worship is its use of silence. Shared silence is a very important dimension of Taizé Prayer worship. The use of silence in Taizé reminds us to incorporate more silence into our daily worship rather than filling every moment with words or music. 

The theme for September’s Taizé prayer is “We Praise God In The Autumn “
This is a free program. No pre-registration is required. 

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