Taizé caps Music and Reflection series

Dec 14, 2012

Lincolnville — The public is invited to participate in a Taizé service Sunday, Dec. 23 at 4 p.m. at the United Christian Church in Lincolnville Center.  This is the finale of the Music and Reflection for the Advent Season series.

Taizé worship has evolved from an ecumenical monastic order located in the French town of Taizé. The order was started in 1940 as a shelter for political and religious refugees and has become a popular Christian pilgrimage site visited annually by thousands of young people from around the world. The Taizé community is dedicated to living life in the spirit of joy, simplicity and reconciliation.  It is a “parable of community,” which honors all Christian denominations and world cultures.

Singing is an important element of a Taizé service, which includes singing meditation, selected readings and silent prayer. According to the Taizé community, singing expresses a basic reality of faith that can quickly be grasped by the intellect and that gradually penetrates the heart and the whole being.

“A Taizé service gives us an opportunity to come together for a very special kind of worship that is a sign of reconciliation between all peoples,” said the Rev. Susan Stonestreet, who will lead the service. Singing will be accompanied by flutist Mary Schulien and guitarist Jean Goldfine.

The United Christian Church, which is handicapped accessible, is located at 18 Searsmont Road/Route 173. All are welcome.  Donations will be accepted. For more information, call 763-4526.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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