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March 27, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
BENNINGTON–The parish choir of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church will present the annual Holy Week Service of Silent Prayer, Song and Adoration of the Cross in the Tradition of Taize on Tuesday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in the church at 238 West Main St.
Taize is a village in the hills of eastern France that is home to an ecumenical community of religious brothers who have dedicated their lives to prayer and works of charity. Founded by Brother Roger in 1940, the community provided refuge for those who fled the terror of Nazi occupation.
The Bennington choir will sing selections by liturgical composer Jacques Berthier (1922-1994), who wrote music for the Taize community. These compositions consist of litany-style melodies and refrains that become increasingly prayerful with each repetition. During the Adoration of the Cross, Donald McMahon, organist and director of music at Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church, will perform Samuel Barber’s tragic and celebrated Adagio for Strings at the organ. Additionally, a cantor will chant prayer intentions submitted by the congregation.
The public is invited to attend.