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  • Taizé Service in Honor of the Summer Solstice

    Taizé chants + prayers + candle lighting

    Wednesday, June 14, 2023, 7:30 p.m.

    Live in-person from the stunning Ripley Chapel

    As we welcome the return of the light and the coming Summer Solstice, please join us for a joyful and poignant service, featuring the ecumenical prayers and gorgeous musical chants of France’s Taizé community. All denominations are welcome.

    This simple service – of prayer, poetry, silence, candle lighting, and SINGING – is modeled after the rich and beautiful Taizé tradition. Our ministers will guide us in blessing the light; voice, violin, cello, flute, guitar, and piano will lead glorious songs and chants, as a meditation on and a celebration of the season of light.

    What is Taizé? Simply put, a small village in France, near to Lyon. The Taizé community is a uniquely ecumenical monastic order with a strong devotion to peace and justice through prayer and meditation. The 100-strong community of Roman Catholic and Protestant monks is drawn from 30 countries across the world. 

    As the Taizé community tells us, 

    “To open the gates of trust in God, nothing can replace the beauty of human voices united in song. This beauty can give us a glimpse of heaven’s joy on earth. An inner life begins to blossom within us.”

    The service will be live in First Congregational Church’s newly restored Ripley Chapel. For more information, please contact Jane Ring Frank at 857-919-0983.