Calling all music lovers and meditators

A non-denominational service of Taize (above) will be offered on Nov. 14 from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. in the Common Room of Calvary Episcopal Church (9 N. Villard). All members of our community are invited to join in. At a Taize service the lights are dim; many candles burn; and songs and silence lead people to prayerful meditation. There is no sermon, no teaching, just an elegantly simple service with short songs and quiet mindfulness.
Taize services began in Taize, France, during the devastation of World War II. The first Taize home became a sanctuary for refugees seeking shelter from the war. The home had to be abandoned when the Gestapo occupied it until 1944 when France was liberated. What began as a very small group dedicated to following Christian teachings in simplicity and community began to attract countless others. Many Catholic, Anglican, and reformed priests and Protestant pastors joined the community. In the 1960s young people began to visit the Taize community, and soon the small church housing the community became too small. Since that time, the Taize community has grown and focused on youth.
Although Western European in origin, people and traditions worldwide make up the music and meditations of the Taize service. Ecumenical services based on this model and music are held in churches throughout the world. Brother Roger, the founder of Taize, said, “Singing is one of the most important forms of prayer. A few words sung over and over again reinforce the meditative quality of the prayer. They express a basic reality of faith that can quickly be grasped by the intellect and that gradually penetrates the heart and the whole being. These simple chants also provide a way of praying…even in the silence of one’s heart.
This service on Nov. 14 in Red Lodge is also ecumenical and is for people from all churches as well as for those who don’t attend church. All are welcome. Simplicity in this modern world of excess is greatly needed.

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