Taizé prayer on North Norfolk coast
2016: Cley church is starting bi-monthly services of Taizé prayer, and welcomes everyone to the first event on November 6. Tony Rothe reports.
The Taizé Prayer service uses the beautiful chants of the Taizé community interspersed by silences and short prayer, typical of the community which was founded during WWII by Brother Roger, a Swiss who came to France to help those whose lives were devastated by the conflict raging across Europe.
He settled in Taizé and began sheltering Jews and others fleeing from the Nazis, but in 1942 was forced to flee because his activities were discovered by the authorities. In 1944 he returned to Taizé and continued ministering to those in need, helped by a small group of brothers who had joined the ecumenical religious community he had founded.
In the 1960s the quiet life of the Taizé Community began to change as young people began coming in ever-larger numbers to the village. To meet their spiritual hunger, Brother Roger developed a style of worship and singing that was suitable to pilgrims hailing from many different countries.
Churchwarden Joe Penfold says: “Do join us in Cley at 6.30pm on November 6 and, if possible, at the optional singing practice at 5.30pm. This is a new initiative and we hope to become thought of as a centre for Taizé Prayer in this part of Norfolk, and to raise the profile of prayer generally.”
There will also be an opportunity for healing prayer.
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