Taize candlelight worship service
shines its light on campus Nov. 14
Inspired by candlelight daily prayer in Taize, France, Manchester
College will offer a special service of readings, music, prayer and
silence at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14 in Petersime Chapel. The public is
The ecumenical Taize service in the Burgundy area of France emphasizes
prayer and music. For the Manchester College service, the music will
include voice, and an ensemble of flute, violin, guitar, cello, bassoon,
harp and piano.
Worshipers will participate in silent prayer, sung prayer, spoken
prayer, group prayer and individual prayer. Short songs will be
repeated as the service flows in quiet meditation. Scriptures will
be read in English, Spanish and French and an extended silence will
add to the solemnity of the service. “The silence helps to quiet the
mind and soul,” says Sonia L. Smith, assistant to the campus pastor.
Time seems suspended during the service.
Afterward, worshipers will gather for food, drink and
fellowship in the chapel lounge. For more information about the service,
please call Petersime Chapel at 260-982-5057.
Taize is a monastic community of 100 brothers from more than
20 countries. Thousands of young adult Christians gather from all over the world
every week at Taize to pray and find renewal and refreshment. For more
information about the Taize community, visit
www.taize.fr and click on your language.
Manchester is a Church of the Brethren college with 1,075 students from
23 states and 30 countries. For more about the college, visit