Every other month, a candlelit service is held in Cley Church inspired by the worship of a community of monks in the tiny French village of Taizé.
Roger Bland, who organises these services, describes a large image of the crucified Christ among flickering tea lights drawing the eye and focussing the mind of those gathered for worship. He also emphasises their simplicity – a short reading, a few spoken prayers, some significant periods of silence and the sung chants for which the Taizé community is especially famous.
There is a spare beauty about the chants which are sung over and over again. This meditative repetition can carry both words and music deep into the hearts of those present, creating there a wonderfully still, reflective space in which to pray, in which to become lost in prayer. All are welcome at Cley’s next Taizé Prayer at 4pm on Sunday 2 January.
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