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Taizé Prayer service is open to all

On the second Tuesday of every month, a church south of the river will host a Taizé Prayer service. On Nov. 11, St. Joseph Church will be the host church and Bill Bradley, director of worship, hopes residents of all faiths will come out for the event.

Taizé is a simple and contemplative style of prayer, Bradley said. It features simple songs, usually lines from Psalms or other parts of scripture, sung repeatedly. Bradley said the emphasis is “a few words sung over and over again to enhance the meditative quality of prayer, allowing an encounter with the mystery of God through the beauty of simplicity.”

“It’s hard to explain…. It’s very peaceful,” said Bradley of the Taizé.

Bradley said Dakota County churches have collaborated to hold Taizé services because it offers a comfortable place to worship no matter the faith. The Taizé Prayer schedule for 2015 includes events at Shepherd of the Valley Church, Rosemount United Methodist Church, St. John Neumann, Mary, Mother of the Church and St. Joseph.

“It really is a beautiful way to be together and to pray together,” said Bradley.

The meditative form of prayer was developed by monastic order in Taizé, France. The order became a refuge during World War II. After the war, pilgrims from every continent flocked to Taizé to experience it.

Father Paul Jarvis said this is the first in the series of community Taizé services. He’s hopeful folk will help kick off the new ecumenical event by coming out.

The Taizé Prayer service is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at St. Joseph Church, 13900 Biscayne Ave.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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