Singing until Serene: Taizé Prayer Service Will be Held Thursday

June 19, 2013
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WACO, Texas (June 19, 2013) - How do you pray? Openly through song and dance, or through private, silent prayer? The brothers in the Taizé monastery in southern France sing Scripture until "singing becomes serene," as they put it.

The Office of Spiritual Life will host a Taizé Prayer Service in the Spiritual Life Center Chapel at 500 Speight Ave. from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday, June 20.

"This is kind of an opportunity for faculty and staff who might not be able to come to chapel service and things that like, to have a special event that ministers to them," said Carlos Colón, coordinator of worship initiatives and a Resident Scholar at the Institute for Studies of Religion. "It's also an alternative for students who want to come to prayer and who need ministry also, but in a setting other than chapel."

Attendants will be led by Colón, Burt Burleson, university chaplain at Baylor, and Ryan Richardson, associate chaplain and director of worship at Baylor.

"Religious traditions in general have used singing as a kind of way of praying," Burleson said. "You just feel different when you sing (Scripture) than when you say it."

One of the chants to be sung is "Nothing Can Trouble," which is based on the words of Jesus, Colón said.

"I think that the words that we pray in a sense reveal what we believe about God and what we expect from God and how we commit to God," Colón said. "And so from that perspective you know it is the content of our prayers that's important."

Burleson and Colón hope to host Taizé prayers at Baylor more often. "If people got a feel for this, they would say 'I don't think I wanna miss that. I don't think I've worshipped like that,'" Burleson said.

by Rachel Miller, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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