The Taizé Community originates out of central France and today has over 100 monks from approximately 30 countries. Tonight’s prayer is modeled on that of the Taizé Community. It includes Scripture, song and silence. There will be a few periods of silence, which allows us the opportunity to listen to God as we remain receptive to the Holy Spirit working within us.
The singing has a repetitive quality, using mantra refrains, to help us pray in a contemplative style. The musicians will be leading us in song, but Taizé prayer is meant to be a communal experience, so please sing along as you are comfortable. This worship aid will assist you.
We will take a few minutes to slow down from the hectic pace of December.
Download a copy of the worship aid here: https://www.pbrenewalcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/Dec-7-2023-Taize-Worship-Aid.pdf
1st Reading Mark 13:33-37
Jesus said: “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come.
It is like a man traveling abroad. He leaves home and places his servants in charge, each with his work, and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch.
Watch, therefore; you do not know when the lord of the house is coming, whether in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning.
May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping.
What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!’”
Lord of all creation, you fill the universe with signs and wonders of your presence. Throughout this season of Advent, help us to be vigilant in finding our way on your path of redemption. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.