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I invite you to experience Taizé prayer. Until
then, may we, through the way we live our
lives, Da pacem cordium – Give peace to
ever y hear t.
Ser vices are conducted at St Columban’s,
Church St, Mayfield at 7.00pm on the
second Sunday of every second month,
beginning in Februar y. Everyone is welcome.
Musicians, come with your instruments!
Please P 4967 2283 to learn more.
www.mn.catholic.org.au Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle
TO THE DARKNESS
The Taizé style of prayer is often promoted
in Aurora. Organiser Anna Hill explains her
commitment to this practice.
Pope John Paul II said, “One passes through
Taizé as one passes close to a spring of water”
and this resonates with my experience, hence
I have been involved in Taizé ser vices in
Newcastle for over 20 year s.
Shortly after my introduction through a Brother
from the village of Taizé in France who was
visiting Sydney, there was an oppor tunity for
me to spend time in Taizé itself.
It was late August, one of the last days before
the European academic year was to begin. In
that small village were 5,000 other worshippers
– mostly young and mostly resolved to
participate to the max.
The overwhelming experience was the
absolute silence, no chatter, no cameras – just
an absorbing, all-encompassing peace and
stillness enveloping the entire community of
worshippers ; their singing, their harmonising,
their prayer postures, their connectedness with
the moment. It was a palpable synergy of trust,
vulnerability and strength.
The atmosphere was heightened by candles
and more candles, shimmering through the
darkness surrounding the Christian symbol of
redemption, the cross; this one styled on the
San Damiano cross.
There were so many young people – the
sort of crowd you might expect to see on a
university campus anywhere in the world.
During my stay in Taizé, I had occasion to spend
time with Br Roger. I shared my experiences
of setting up the services in Newcastle. His
response was very quiet and his voice was a
whisper; I needed to listen carefully. He told me
he could do nothing for me in a prac tical way
from Taizé, but he could pray with me and he
wanted to do so. He raised his arms over my
head and holding open his palms he continued
to pray gently, sincerely and power fully.
I left that encounter reassured that everything
would be fine because his prayer was for that
very purpose. Twenty-three years have passed
and that’s the way it’s been.
So what draws people to this kind of service?
Some participants answered this question :
Simplicity...time for your hear t and mind
to be open to the Lord......ver y
The attraction of linking into chants
in various languages...brings with it a
quietening of the heart.
Shared supper allows time to adjust to
going back to our regular lives.
Whether only a few are there...the
same blessings are received...I accept
with great gratitude that the ser vices
are still happening.
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