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Taize Music Meditation

On Wednesday, May 16, at 7 p.m. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church is hosting a Taize service led by Brother John and Brother Emile from the Taize community in France, who will lead a Taize music meditation. After the service there will be a soup and bread supper. St. Alban’s is located in the heart of the Sunny Brae neighborbood in Arcata at 1675 Chester Avenue. [Jan, is the next sentence correct?] Even children enjoy this service of simple chants and repetitive melodies and are welcome at the service. The songs from Taize, the Ecumenical monastic community in Burgundy, France, are known and sung all over the world. The simple chants and repetitive melodies are multilingual and universal, designed so anyone can join into the chanting songs to feel the bond of meditative common prayer. Brother Roger said, “From the depths of the human condition a secret aspiration rises up. Caught in the anonymous rhythms of schedules and timetables, men and women of today are implicitly thirsting for an essential reality, for an inner life. 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 own heart when one is alone again.” In 1949, in th isolated war-damaged village of Taize, the first seven brothers took vows of simplicity, community of property, prayer and celibacy. They intentionally did not affiliate with Protestant or Catholic doctrine or institutions, instead affirming ecumenism and the work of reconciliation of all churches. Saint Alban’s welcomes LGTBQ people. Links to other activities and programs may be found at For more information about the Taize service contact St. Alban’s Episcopal Church at 822-4102 or

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