“Nothing is more conducive to a communion with the living God than a meditative common prayer with, as its high point, singing that never ends and that continues in the silence of one’s heart when one is alone again. When the mystery of God becomes tangible through the simple beauty of symbols, when it is not smothered by too many words, then prayer with others, far from exuding monotony and boredom, awakens us to heaven’s joy on earth.” (Brother Roger of Taizé)
The Oakhurst Ensemble and Taizé Baltimore have joined together to offer two evening prayers at Wild Goose this year. After a busy, high-energy day at the Goose, these vesper services offer an opportunity to slow down, enter a silence with others through meditative singing. Taizé prayer is repetitive sung chants accompanied by flute and guitar, reading of Scripture and silence.
Saturday will include prayer around the cross. The cross of Taizé, designed by a brother of the community, is brought down among the people. Here all are invited to approach the cross for personal prayer. Placing the cross on the floor offers various images for prayer. Besides offering a physical sense of rolling your burdens onto the cross of our salvation, we join in solidarity with Christian communities around the world who have had to hide their faith. It also provides a deeply reverent approach to personal prayer with the living God.
|12:00 am||Oakhurst Taize Ensemble|
|12:00 am||Taizé Together|