Taizé for July: For healing and renewal

Precious Blood Renewal Center resumed in-person programming on July 1 with an ecumenical service in the Taizé style, using music, chants and scripture for a meditative prayer experience.

The theme of the evening: Prayers for Healing and Renewal. A recording of the service is below. Eighteen people attended in person and 9 joined us by live stream.

“July is the month of the Precious Blood,” says Fr. Ron Will, spiritual director at the Renewal Center.  when we remember in a special way all that it means that Jesus loved us so much that he shed his blood on the cross.”

“As we begin to open our places of worship, we acknowledge the times we could not gather for weddings, baptisms, funerals and so many other occasions. Many of us still carry grief,” he said.

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“Many of us carry pains and sorrows. We invite you to bring all these feelings and experiences to the foot of the cross during our July Taizé Prayer Service.”

“Most of us personally know someone who died during the past year from COVID-19. We go to the foot of the cross with Mary the mother of Jesus, John the Apostle, Mary Magdalene his friend, and we bring with us our beloved who died,” Fr. Ron said.

The event will also be live-streamed for our many friends who cannot be with us physically.

What is Taizé?

Taizé Prayer comes from an ecumenical, monastic community in France and has spread to numerous spots around the world. The prayer service uses simple chant melodies followed by quieting moments of silence that foster a meditative atmosphere.

All the videos of our Taize prayer services are available here.

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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