In this time of uncertainty, as COVID-19 continues to spread and restrictions further distance people, one thing seems abundantly clear: A spiritual thirst is growing.
Enter Taizé prayer.
For more than 20 years, the Viatorian Community has welcomed the public to its Taizé Prayer service, traditionally held in the intimate setting of the Province Center chapel. Lit by only candles, the service enhances the experience to pray for peace and justice in the world, and especially for young people.
However, with restrictions in place, the popular service has not taken place since March. Viatorians tried to hold the service outdoors in September, but inclement weather forced it to be canceled.
They are not to be deterred. This month’s service will be livestreamed, allowing for people near and far to experience its peaceful spirituality.
“This will be an opportunity for people to pray with us, pray for each other — and pray for the needs of the world,”says Br. Michael Gosch, CSV, Assistant Provincial
The service will take place from 7:30-8:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month, and can be accessed through ViatorianUSA Facebook page, Saint Viator High School Facebook page, and St. Viator Parish Chicago Facebook page.
The same liturgical musicians already have been lined up. They play a key role in helping the crowd to repeatedly sing each chant for several minutes — like a mantra. The repetition helps worshipers connect with God, while disconnecting them from life’s stress.
“Those that come, without exception, tell me they find a remarkable peace during the evening,” says Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, who first introduced the service to the Viatorian Community, back in 1999,
“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.”