June 29, 2016


Taizé contemplative service

Religion Editor

MEDINA — Imagine a quiet room illumined by candles. There is an atmosphere of quiet anticipation. Out of holy stillness, the praying begins, with voices creating a circle of contemplation through meditative music. It is Taizé prayer, opening a sacred space through short songs for entering the love of God.

The opportunity to experience Taizé will be offered by the Rev. Dr. Carol Vaccariello and the Rev. Dr. Teresa Dulyea-Parker, pastor of Medina First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), who will lead a service at 7 p.m. April 1 at Vaccariello’s home at 89 Hartford Drive.

The ministers welcome “people of different religious or non-religious backgrounds who would like to come together for spiritual nourishment and to be part of a community of like-minded folks,” Vaccariello wrote in an e-mail announcing the service.

Silence and song

The order of a typical Taizé service, which usually includes Scripture, silence, prayer and song, is drawn from its beginnings of worship at the Taizé Community in France. The community, founded by Brother Roger, a Swiss native who moved to France in 1940, sheltered refugees during World War II. Its members, made up of clergy and lay from Orthodox, Protestant and Catholic traditions, now practices a reconciliation ministry.

Prayer of few words

The Taizé Community’s Web site said the repetitive, singing prayer using few words “allows everyone to take part in a time of prayer together and to remain together in attentive waiting on God … To open the gates of trust in God, nothing can replace the beauty of human voices united in song. This beauty can give us a glimpse of ‘heaven’s joy on earth,’ as Eastern Christians put it.”

It is meditative prayer, “that has neither beginning nor end.” Taizé allows singers to create their own sacred space and “sustain personal prayer” to help unite spiritual life and daily life.

Visit the community’s Web site (www.taize.fr) for more in-depth history, general information, CDs, books, videos and music, as well as links to other sites.

Totts may be reached at 330-721-4063 or religion@ohio.net.