Taize devotion after christmas weekend

Taize devotion after christmas weekend

An hour of silence and light. It is good for the soul. You can feel it. Entering a space of silence. Lighting a candle: for god, for a person, for a wish. Take a seat. Finding peace. Meditative, introductory songs. Reading from the bible. Silence. Prayer. Blessings. No more. That is enough.

The taize service with dean andreas krefft in the sandberg church was the ideal end to a turbulent weekend of the first advent markets, santa claus, christmas music and mulled wine. Meditative singing, prayers and a long time of silence invited to come to rest, to find one's own center and to trace the presence of god in the community. It was a different way of spending a sunday, to recharge the soul.

Invited and welcome was everyone who longed to come to rest by candlelight, to praise god in community with others, and to open up to him for personal encounter. The very simple form of the evening prayer is based on the liturgy of taize, an ecumenical brotherhood in burgundy, france. Contemplative singing, short readings and silence alternate and form the simple framework for the common prayer.

Songs are repeated
The beautiful, catchy songs are sung again and again, they are an aid to prayer, they give support to the thoughts, but also the possibility to open oneself to god while praying, to really absorb the sung spiritual texts. With the well-known hymn "ubi caritas et amor deus ibi est" (where there is good and love, there is god) pastor krefft opened the light devotion.

It was a great concern for him to pray for the peace of the world on this taize evening. A few days ago he returned from israel with a travel group, the conflict between israelis and palastinians is moving people, no other topic has been reported more extensively in the media in recent days. "We pray for peace, for all people, no matter where they live and reside", said krefft. What better song to sing than "laudate omnes gentes laudate dominum"?. (sing praises, all you people sing praises to the lord).)

the common prayer of psalms followed. Psalms are ancient words that attempt to say the inexpressible. The words of the psalms are thousands of years old, translated from hebrew into countless languages, they have been adopted by countless people. Jesus spoke the traditional prayers of his people, and christians took recourse to them. "He who prays psalms is in the community of the faithful", krefft continued. "But they are only borrowed words. They remain strange to us and yet they can become our own words. In the psalms we recognize our own voice, in them our life is reflected." If joy, sadness, fear, inner thirst are expressed in the psalms, then this is still prayed for today.

Psalm 18 expresses the king's gratitude for salvation and victory: "you brought me out into the open; you made my darkness light." With the psalm 23 "the lord is my shepherd" and the bible passage from the gospel of john led krefft into meditation about.

"Jesus, good shepherd, do you still have room on your shoulder for people who are weary, who are depressed, for people who are running out of breath and can no longer keep up??" In meditation, everyone was invited to surrender to silence, open up to god and experience communion with him. Because communion with god can only be put into words to a limited extent. "The voice of god never ceases, but god never imposes himself either. It is already prayer to remain quietly in his presence to receive his spirit."

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