A new chapter in the story of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood open in June when a single province was created in the United States.
Trusting in the power of the spirituality of our founder St. Gaspar del Bufalo. we are a new beginning, a new creation.
August 15 is the founding date of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood; it is also the Feast of the Assumption of Mary into heaven. Because St. Gaspar had a special devotion to Mary, he founded the Community on that date. He commissioned a special painting of the Madonna of the Precious Blood.
Gaspar took this image with him on every mission that he preached, and it became the focus for his initial preaching. Mary is the means by which our devotion to Christ remains human, and we experience God’s love and God’s gift in our daily experience. In this portrait she holds the Child Jesus, who holds a chalice extended to us.
Download a program for the service here: Taize Service Worship Aid for Aug. 4, 2022.
The event will be live streamed for our many friends who cannot be with us physically.
What is Taizé?
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.
Taizé Prayer comes from an ecumenical, monastic community in France and has spread to numerous spots around the world.
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.
All the videos of our Taize prayer services are available here.
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