Taizé prayer is a quiet simple way of prayer designed for people of all Christian traditions. These meditative candlelit services include simple chants sung repeatedly, rich silence, and prayers of praise and intercession.
This Advent, St. John Vianney Parish in Bettendorf is uniting with Our Lady of the River Parish in LeClaire and St. Pius Parish in Rock Island, Ill., to present three Taizé prayer services. The schedule is:
• Thursday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m., St. John Vianney
• Friday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m., St. Pius
• Thursday, Dec. 17, 7 p.m., Our Lady of the River
These prayer services emerged from an ecumenical community of monks in Taizé, France. Today, Taizé is a sign of reconciliation. People from around the world, especially young people, come to Taizé looking for meaning in their lives as they prepare for responsibilities in their own communities.