This series of Taizé prayer and video meditations for young adults are intended to help us in our journey seeking God in silence and prayer in the midst of our daily life.
“If we take as our guide the oldest prayer book, the biblical Psalms, we note two main forms of prayer. One is a lament and cry for help. The other is thanksgiving and praise to God. On a more hidden level, there is a third kind of prayer, without demands or explicit expression of praise. In Psalm 131 for instance, there is nothing but quietness and confidence: “I have calmed and quieted my soul … hope in the Lord from this time on and forevermore.” – Taizé (https://www.taize.fr/en)
St Patrick’s Taizé Prayer
St Patrick’s Parish encourages our young adult parishioners to engage with silent prayer through the Taizé charism, which is a simple prayer method. You can start with this simple daily prayer exercise. You can also find a selected weekly video meditation from Taizé after this prayer.
- You might like to light a candle, and remember that you are in the presence of God who loves you infinitely. Then play some music, preferably Taizé chants. The videos (updated weekly) at the end of these steps will help you.
- Take a few moments to acknowledge how you are. Become aware of your breathing, with slow deep breaths. Breathe in the Holy Spirit, then breathe out any negativity (anxiety, anger, fear..)
- Follow with a short reading. These readings are read, day by day, at community prayer in Taizé which can be found by clicking here.
- Take a few moments to reflect on the passage and what it might mean for you.
- Make your prayer in your own words to God who is with you always.
- Finish with the sign of the Cross.
Morning and Evening Prayer with the Taizé community
You can follow the Taizé community live for 11.30am morning prayer and 7.30pm evening prayer every day here: https://www.taize.fr/en_article28227.html . They also publish audio clips of the two most recent prayers here to allow those who wish to pray at another time to do so.
Taizé also directly video livestream evening prayer every Saturday at 7.30pm on the Taizé social media networks (see https://www.facebook.com/taize/). The link will be published for viewing on their site afterwards (https://www.taize.fr/en_article28227.html).
St Patrick’s Taizé Meditation
Each week we will publish some multimedia resource to aid you in these periods of meditation.
Week 5th July to 11th July:
“Listen O Daugher, with the ear of your heart” Ps:45
Br. Roger reflects on our need to be heard, and our need to listen.
Week 28th June to 4th July:
“Unless I see his hands … and place my hand in his side, I will not believe”
Br. Benoit talks about Jesus and Thomas – being led from doubt and pessimism into a place of trust.
Week 21st June to 27th June:
“Introduction to Revelations – Part 1”
An introduction to the the Book of Revelation by brother John. This is the first of a series of three videos.
Week 14th June to 20th June:
“In the desert, which forces do we attend to?”
In this time of trial, Br Jean-Marc reflects on the bible verse about Jesus experiencing a desert life.
Week 7th June to 13th June:
“Pray to your Father in secret, and the Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Mt 6:6)
Br Han Yol reflects on this bible verse about praying alone.
Week 31 May to 4 June:
“Woman, you are set free from your infirmity” Luke 13: 10-13
Listen to Sister Lorella, Sister of Saint Andrew, speak about Luke 13:10-13, Jesus heals a crippled woman.
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
Questions for reflection:
- What helps me to live during this moment of crisis and why?
- Which activities were I was doing before the crisis and would like to continue? Which I would I like to stop? For which reasons?
- What are the key messages (of encouragement, peace, questioning, etc.) that I would like to share with others?