Catholics and Protestants get together for Taize songs, prayers
Members of various Christian Churches got together for an evening of prayer and songs on April 16.
The ecumenical Taize service, titled Of One Heart and Mind, drew about 280 participants.
It was held at the St Andrew’s Cathedral extension, called Cathedral New Sanctuary. The event at the Anglican cathedral was organised by the Archdiocesan Catholic Council for Ecumenical Dialogue with assistance from a core group of Taizé participants in Singapore.
Venerable Wong Tak Meng, Archdeacon of the Anglican Church, in his opening address thanked the Taizé core group who created a prayerful ambience with the use of icons and tea light candles.
He said that the service was not only for participants to enjoy the music of Taizé but also for them to experience God, who gathers people from different traditions and countries and draws out their respective gifts.
Br Andreas, from the Taizé community in France, attended the service and helped with the singing practice before the event.
Representatives from Trinity Theological College (TTC) together with members of the Legion of Mary from Nanyang Technological University, Caritas Young Adults and the Archdiocesan Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People (ACMI), helped by ushering and welcoming participants.
During the service, there were readings from Scripture and the intercessory prayers were conducted in English, Mandarin and Malay.
These were led by representatives from various Churches – Rev Chan Mei Ming from the Leng Kwang Baptist Church, Ms Christine Tan from the Kampong Kapor Methodist Church, Fr Greger Kollanoor from the St Mary’s Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Cathedral, Ms Esther Tzer Wong from TCA College (a Christian theological college) and representatives from TTC.
The concluding prayer was led by Fr Jacob Johnson from the Church of South India Immanuel Congregation and the final blessing was given by Rev Martin Jungnickels from St John’s-St Margaret’s Church, an Anglican church. He was joined by the ministers from the different Churches present.
Participants said they found the ecumenical experience uplifting. “It was an experience of praying beyond words,” said Ms Grace Yap from the Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit.
“It was a very beautiful experience of prayer and unity,” commented Mr Willy Lau from the Presbyterian Church in Singapore.
“I treasure all that brings us together as one people of God.”
Rev Chan from the Leng Kwang Baptist Church said it was “an oasis of prayer”.
By Sr Veronica de Roza, FMM