Friday, December 6, 2013

Church hosting reflective gatherings

Taize tradition began in the 1940s in France

Express Staff Writer

    St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Sun Valley has started hosting a contemplative Christian gathering known as “Taize,” named after the community in France where the tradition began in the early 1940s.
    “Taize is an ecumenical sung and silent participatory prayer service designed to achieve a contemplative state through music, song and silence,” states a description of the Taize practice in the Lighthouse Trails Research Project newsletter.
    The Taize community in the Wood River Valley will meet every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at St. Thomas, at 201 Sun Valley Road, until Feb. 26.
    “Lord our God, as evening falls and the light disappears, receive our prayers,” read the introduction to Wednesday’s Taize service.
    The Taize prayer tradition was founded by Brother Roger in Taize, France, during World War II. At that time, the Taize Christian community housed refugees from the war, including Jews, and after the war welcomed German POWs.
    “For more than 60 years, until his death in 2005, Brother Roger worked tirelessly to open ways to heal the divisions between Christians and among people in general,” states the St. Thomas Church Taize brochure.
    Today, the Taize community in France is made up of more than 100 brothers from Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox backgrounds who come from 25 countries.
    “Every year, thousands of young adults from around the world go to Taize to pray and to prepare themselves to work for peace, reconciliation and trust,” the brochure states.
    For more information, call 726-5349.

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