Walk the labyrinth.
Taizé weekly at The Threshold
Calvary has created meaningful prayer together for more than 12 years. Now, in partnership with The Threshold, Calvary joins Christians from around the city for cooperative, contemplative worship each Sunday at 5 pm. An optional potluck dinner follows. The location is Highland Park Presbyterian Church at 3401 W. 29th Ave. (at Julian), Denver 80211.
Occasionally a labyrinth is made available at Calvary and at The Threshold. Visit www.thethreshold.us for more information, a location map and other ecumenical worship services offered by The Threshold.
A labyrinth is a pathway to aid
walking prayer or meditation.
It is an archetype, a divine
imprint, found in all religious
traditions in various forms
throughout the world. The
earliest Christian labyrinth dates from the 4th century. The labyrinth
has only one path in and out; there are no tricks or dead ends, as in a
maze. Walking the winding path becomes a mirror for where we are in
our lives; it touches sorrow and releases joy.
Walk the labyrinth with an open mind and open heart. Let go the details of your life and
quiet your noisy mind. Allow yourself to be guided by Spirit to discover the sacred space
within. Become empowered to take the next step on your spiritual journey.
For more information on developing Taize-style worship in your community, contact
|The Taizé Community
Taizé is a small village in eastern France where young
adults from all over the world have gathered together
since the early 1950s. They come to pray, to worship,
and to seek the meaning of life in communion with
Christ and sisters and brothers of many races and
cultures. The founder and mentor of this ecumenical
community is the late Brother Roger, a "bearer of trust, reconciliation
and peace." Today there are almost 100
brothers in the Taizé community from more than 20
different countries. They share their material goods,
talents and faith together in a celibate life, and lead
Bible study groups, prayer services and worship for
the thousands of young adults who make a pilgrimage
to their community. Common prayer is at the
center of their life together, whether they are at Taizé
or travel to share the life of the poor in India, Africa
or Central America.
Worship in the Taizé community takes place three
times a day and includes meditative and sung prayer,
scripture reading and silence. The singing, often in
four-part harmony or in a round, is offered in many
languages. Sometimes instruments play an obligato
part as voices sing a short, chant-like number. The
simple yet magnificent music that is repeated over
and over again continues in the heart long after worship
|Brother John (left) and Brother Pedro
(right) from the Taizé community visited
Calvary and area churches to share
prayer and reconciliation. Brad Berglund,
now sponsoring spiritual pilgrimages (see
www.illuminatedjourneys.com) and worship
renewal workshops (see www.reinventingsunday.com), hosted the brothers
as they met in area churches for the ritual
of prayer, silence and song that is
characteristic of Taizé worship.
What’s the attraction? Check out what people say about Calvary’s Taizé-style experience. If you would like to be on our Taizé mailing list, please let us know.
Notes: Brother Roger Schutz, founder of the Taizé community, continued his daily activities from the early 1940s to 2005.
Jacques Berthier, composer of most of the Taizé music, died a few years ago. French priest and musician Joseph Gelineau now composes for the community and new compositions are coming from within the community itself.
Because of the variety of languages spoken at Taizé, Latin—with its pure vowels—is the language of choice for many songs. We continue that custom at The Threshold.
More About Taizé
Since 1957-58, hundreds of thousands of young adults from throughout the world have been
drawn to the hill of Taizé in France. Every week of the year, Sunday to Sunday, they meet
their peers from 30 to 70 nations. They reflect on the sources of faith and discover the
meaning of their lives. During these days of prayer and sharing, they prepare themselves to
undertake responsibilities for reconciliation in the places where they live.
Accommodation and lifestyle are very simple. Each
person contributes to the cost of the stay according to
their means and the value of the currency of their
country. Since 1966, the Sisters of Saint Andrew,
an international Catholic community in the neighboring
village, share the task of welcoming pilgrims.
To give support to young people, Taizé animates a“pilgrimage of trust on earth.” This pilgrimage does
not organize the young into a movement but
instead encourages them to be peacemakers where
they are and to bring reconciliation to all people.
The songs of Taizé are known throughout the world.
They are usually based on one simple phrase, sung
repeatedly. The phrase enters the conscious mind
and gradually becomes an interior mantra. These
songs are sung all over the world and have been
translated into many languages.
Letter from Taizé
A Letter from Taizé is published in 15 languages every two months: reports and news,
themes for reflection, texts for meditation, prayers, Bible texts for each day.
||To Reach Taizé
By road: autoroute A6, exit at Chalon-Sud, Tournus or Macon-Sud.
By rail: destinations Chalon-sur-Saone, Macon-Ville or Macon TGV. From there, Taizé is on the SNCF Chalon-Taizé-Cluny-Macon bus route.
To Contact Taizé
(Tel) (+33) (0) 3 85 50 30 30
(Fax) (+33) (0) 3 85 50 30 15
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(Web Site) www.taize.org
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