April Taize: Celebrating Easter Joy

Alleluia! Christ is risen indeed! Welcome to our first Taize Service during this 2024 Easter Season!

How do we sustain our Easter joy which began last Sunday. Can we keep the glorias and bells ringing? While preparing for upcoming baptisms, confirmations, first Communions, ordinations, weddings, graduations, and the great Solemnity of Pentecost, how do we keep moving forward with focused, joy-filled energy for the fifty days of the Easter season?

Easter joy honors the fact that pain and suffering are real, and that God will accompany us through and beyond our deepest pain. Resurrection does not fix the heartbreak of our lives. The hope of the resurrection does not deny sin or loss; it acknowledges and overcomes it!

Download a copy of the program from our April service here: Taize Service for April 4, 2024.

Let us pray:

Risen Lord, you remake what is broken, enliven what is dying, and release all that is held captive. We depend upon your Spirit to refashion us and guide us so that we may at last enter your kingdom. Who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.

Thank you for coming. Please join us again on May 2. In the meantime, we invite you to check our Precious Blood Renewal Center website for other opportunities of enrichment.

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Taizé prayer is practiced throughout the world. It is a meditative candle-lit form of community prayer that includes simple chants sung repeatedly, silence and prayers of praise and intercession. In prayer, we enter the silence, stilling the mind, opening the heart, surrendering to the action of the Spirit ever molding us into the image of Christ. The candles used in the service symbolize the presence of the risen Christ, who conquered darkness and sin and offers new life to all humankind.

From the depths of the human condition, a secret aspiration rises up. Today many are thirsting for the essential reality: an inner life, signs of the Invisible. Nothing is more conducive to communion with the living God than meditative common prayer. When the mystery of God becomes tangible through the simple beauty of symbols, when it is not smothered by too many words, then a common prayer awakens us to heaven’s joy on earth.

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