Taize Prayer – March 24, 2021

This Wednesday night, March 24, at 9 o’clock PM, the seminary communities will come together to rest, listen, sing, and pray. We would like to invite you, your family, and your friends to pray with us via live-stream. https://www.dioceseofcleveland.org/events/2021/03/24/taize-prayer-service-from-the-diocesan-seminaries Join us to encounter the presence of the living God through the simplicity of Taizé prayer. The live-stream will be available on Facebook and the Diocese of Cleveland’s website. Please know of our prayers for you during these final weeks of Lent and we hope you will join us on Wednesday.

What Is Taizé Prayer:

The Borromeo and Saint Mary Seminary communities would like to invite you to join them in a unique style of prayer as we all continue our Lenten journey towards the celebration of Holy Week and the Paschal Triduum. Many may be familiar with the Taizé ecumenical monastic community in France and its style of prayer.

The Taizé community, made up of many Christian denominations, was founded by Brother Roger Schultz in 1940.  Brother Roger founded Taizé with the desire to establish a Christ-centered communal life that reached beyond the borders of Christian divisions in Europe.  Taking seriously Jesus’ prayer to the Father that “all may be one,” Brother Roger’s community committed themselves to Christ through a lifestyle of simplicity, celibacy, and community, rooted in their unique style of meditative prayer and song.

Brother Roger’s efforts on behalf of Christian unity found support from many members of the Roman Catholic Church, including Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, both of whom invited members of the community to lead times of Taizé prayer at the Vatican. Today, there are various “communities of Taizé” worldwide, with the main monastic community in France continuing Brother Roger’s mission for Christian unity. Their unique style of prayer has spread throughout the world as a simple, but profound way of encountering the presence of the living God through Scripture and song.  This style of prayer and the witness of the community attracts thousands of pilgrims to Taizé each year, especially teenagers and young adults.

Imagine this scene: Silence. Church lights dimmed. Dozens of flickering candles. The beautiful art of icons. The Word of God proclaimed.  Soft, steady, and repetitive chant draws us into the Great Mystery of God’s abiding Presence. Here, we set aside time and space to rest in God. We let God’s Word and our response of prayerful silence and song fill us.