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Susquehanna Welcomes Community to New Ways of Worship

Published on September 15, 2011

Susquehanna University’sOffice of the Chaplain and Department of Music will offer a Taizé Eucharist worship service Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the university’s Weber Chapel. The service is open to the public.

Taizé (pronounced Tay-ZAY) is a style of meditative singing and centering prayer practiced by a community of about 100 Catholic and Protestant monks in Taizé, France, and by smaller prayer communities throughout the world. One very short song, usually no more than four or five phrases, is sung repeatedly in a variety of languages, including English, Latin, French and Spanish. Practitioners believe the vocal repetition allows the truth of the words to sink into the subconscious mind and creates a space for personal prayer and communion with God.

“I have found it to be a hauntingly beautiful way to worship, providing as it does a quiet, peaceful contrast to the too-rushed pace and too-loud volume of everyday life,” said The Rev. Mark Wm. Radecke, university chaplain and associate professor of religion at Susquehanna.

The Taizé monastic community was founded in 1940 and is today among the world's most important sites of Christian pilgrimage. Each year, tens of thousands of young followers visit the small French village to share in the community's way of life, centered in silence, prayer and simplicity.

The service is part of Susquehanna’s Worship in a New Key series, providing opportunities for campus and community members—including pastors, congregational leaders, and worship and music committees, as well as students and parishioners—to experience diverse styles of worship. The series continues on Nov. 20 with Jazz Vespers and Feb. 12, 2012, with a contemporary/alternative worship service. All services are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in Weber Chapel.


Karen M. Jones


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