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Taize prayer services open to community

February 21, 2014

Loyola University New Orleans is hosting members of the Taizé community for prayer services Monday, Feb. 24 and Tuesday, Feb. 25. Taizé is an ecumenical religious community in Burgundy, France, known for its meditative sung prayer. Both events featuring the chanted prayers are free and open to the public.

Monday’s prayer session takes place at 7 p.m. in Ignatius Chapel, located in Bobet Hall on Loyola's main campus. Tuesday’s session takes place 12:30 p.m. downtown in Lenes Hall at Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church, 130 Baronne St. Attendees are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch to Tuesday’s event. Drinks will be provided.

The Taizé community is composed of more than 100 members from nearly 30 countries across the globe. Founded in 1940 by Brother Roger Schutz, more than 100,000 people make pilgrimages to Taizé each year, where they seek to live in the spirit of kindness, simplicity and reconciliation.

“What's special about Taizé prayer services is that they are ecumenical; they help to heal the wounds caused by divisions within Christianity. They are also simple and involve beautiful repetitive chants that are very effective in making people more prayerful in their busy lives,” said Tom Ryan, director of Loyola’s Institute for Ministry.

For more information, contact Ryan.

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