The Benedictine Center in Maplewood is offering Taize prayer opportunities for individuals who want to build lives of kindness, simplicity and reconciliation. Taize is a meditative, ecumenical prayer that includes silence and chanting and is growing in popularity worldwide.

According to Sam Rahberg, associate director, “It is a gentle communal prayer that can help dispel stresses and worries and help participants deeply experience the mystery and peace of God.”

The Benedictine Center will offer these Taize opportunities through August, 2011:

  • The third Friday of every month, 7-8 p.m. (no cost); walk-ins are welcome to experience Taize prayer with others
  • Days of Reflection, Fridays, October 15 and February 18, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. $40 (includes meals): Participants will use Taize prayer to reflect on spiritual concepts that can deepen their lives.
  • Taize Retreats, Friday-Saturday, December 17-18 and April 15-16, $70 (includes lodging and meals): This overnight opportunity will flow from the celebration of Taize prayer and focus on spiritual themes.

To register for a Day of Reflection or a Retreat or for more information, go to www.stpaulsmonastery.org and click on the Benedictine Center tab, call 651.777.7251 or email benedictinecenter@stpaulsmonastery.org. The Benedictine Center, a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters at St. Paul’s Monastery, is located at 2675 Benet Road in Maplewood.

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