By JUDY A. TOTTS
MEDINA â€” 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 TaizÃ© prayer, opening a sacred space through short songs for entering the love of God.
The opportunity to experience TaizÃ© 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 Vaccarielloâ€™s home at 89 Hartford Drive.
The ministers welcome â€œpeople 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,â€ Vaccariello wrote in an e-mail announcing the service.
Silence and song
The order of a typical TaizÃ© service, which usually includes Scripture, silence, prayer and song, is drawn from its beginnings of worship at the TaizÃ© 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 TaizÃ© Communityâ€™s Web site said the repetitive, singing prayer using few words â€œallows everyone to take part in a time of prayer together and to remain together in attentive waiting on God â€¦ 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 â€˜heavenâ€™s joy on earth,â€™ as Eastern Christians put it.â€
It is meditative prayer, â€œthat has neither beginning nor end.â€ TaizÃ© allows singers to create their own sacred space and â€œsustain personal prayerâ€ to help unite spiritual life and daily life.
Visit the communityâ€™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 firstname.lastname@example.org.