Light Up Your Life Taizé prayer comes to saint ignatius

It's a Sunday evening. You've cleaned up after the family dinner. Things are settling down after a busy weekend. Tomorrow, a new school day begins; a new work week rears its head.

But tonight is still yours.

Taizé prayer has come to Saint Ignatius.

One Sunday evening a month, members of our community gather in St. Mary of the Assumption Chapel for a simple, powerful hour of prayer. By the light of dozens of spindly candles, a chorus of soft voices chant simple hymns as a small quartet plucks violin strings and piano keys. Mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, friends, alumni, neighbors, faculty--they assemble in the pews. A community gathers for a very personal kind of prayer.

President Fr. Ray Guiao, S.J. '82 instituted the new Sunday evening service late this winter, and attendance has grown as word has spread. The handful of guests at Saint Ignatius' first Taizé prayer service has evolved into a crowd eager to be moved by the spirit.

"I think the power of Taizé prayer is in its simplicity. Periods of silence give people the time and space needed to commune with God. Simple, repeated refrains in the chants are like sung mantras, inviting people to participate easily. A Scripture reading provides a singular focus for people to contemplate. And candlelight sets a soft ambiance to the evening. I'm so glad the Saint Ignatius High School community is embracing this form of Christian prayer, which is popular all over the world." - Fr. Ray Guiao, S.J. '82

Do you know the hustle and bustle of Sunday nights? Or weekends that seem to pass by before your eyes? Do you long for an hour of very personal prayer--a time to connect one-on-one with God? Taizé is like a personal pause button: a chance to slow down, breathe and surrender your needs and desires to the One above.

Want to experience Taizé for yourself? The final Taizé prayer service of the school year will be on May 21 at 7:30 p.m. in St. Mary's Chapel. After a summer break, the prayer services will resume next school year. We hope you'll join us.

Bring a friend, your family, and yourself--just as you are.

That's exactly how God wants you to be.

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