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Find Peace with Taizé Prayer

September 9, 2014

What goes around, comes around. Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, first introduced the Viatorian Community to Taizé Prayer back in 1999, and since that time the monthly prayer service has drawn nearly 100 students and adults to the Province Center Chapel.

It has become such a popular ritual, that it has grown out of the Viatorians’ chapel and now is moving to the second floor chapel at Saint Viator High School, where Fr. Brost formerly served as president.

Viatorian Associate Karen Cutler prepares the chapel at Saint Viator High School for Taizé prayer

Viatorian Associate Karen Cutler prepares the chapel at Saint Viator High School for Taizé prayer

It takes place from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., on the second Wednesday of every month  at Saint Viator High School. Join with the Viatorians as they pray for their ministries, for peace and justice in the world — and especially for young people.

“Those that come, without exception, tell me they find a remarkable peace during the evening,” Fr. Brost says.

“It’s a wonderful way to connect with God,” he adds. “The music and the ritual seem to open people up so that they experience God’s love and peaceful presence.”

DSC_0064Taizé prayer originated with an ecumenical community of Christians in Taizé, France, who continue to gather daily to chant and meditate together. Its simple chants praise God and plea for God’s help.

During Taizé prayer evenings at the Province Center, liturgical musicians help the crowd to repeatedly sings each chant for several minutes — like a mantra.

The repetition helps worshippers connect with God, while disconnecting them from life’s stress.