Taize common prayer – all three times

Church of the Reconciliation at Taize

The young people, families with children, and adults who officially register for a week (or other time period) with the Taize brothers also worship with them three times a day. Judging by the occupancy of the various accommodations – tents, dorms, camping grounds, Olinda & similar buildings – and the occupancy of the Church of the Reconciliation during prayer time, most who come to stay take part in this thrice daily ritual

Kids going home from Taize midday serviceDuring their time in Ameugny, the DGs join the brothers once a day – most often the 8:15 am service that includes a Eucharist of sorts (the bread/wine has been previously consecrated). They agree it’s a lovely way to start the day, particularly in May when it’s light early and the fields are ablaze with yellow buttercups or planted crops of some sort.

With this day declared a stay-at-home day – no countryside drives, no dining out – the female DG decided after the morning prayer that she would also attend the two other common worship times of the day, something she hadn’t ever done before on the same day.

On a day when the weather was tres changeant, she escaped the intermittent rain and thunderstorms. But didn’t get the “wow” sunset shot she was hoping.

And after now sitting in almost every part of the church, she’s decided that the benches on the right are really the quietest and most contemplative…

Photos top to bottom: The Church of the Reconciliation shortly after morning prayers; kids making their way back to Olinda after noon prayer; view to the valley below on the way to evening prayer


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