Saturday, October 03, 2009

Europe 2009: Taize

This is the church in the village of Taize. My favorite part of my time in the village was an Anglican service held in this church. After a week of being surrounded by thousands of people and services in many other languages, a simple protestant service was like coming home. The Lutherans, Episcopalians, Methodists and Presbyterians shared our common liturgy and communion.
This glass window is also in the Taize village church. It depicts St. Francis of Assisi.
Meals at Taize were simple, but filling. Breakfast was the same everyday, bread, butter, chocolate and tea. Yes, chocolate. I have no idea why, but it tasted great! Lunches and dinners were also very simple, usually some variation on noodles or rice with vegetables and beans.
The picture below is from a place at Taize called St. Ettienne, or The Source. It is a place for rest and meditation. I was struck by the beauty of these water lilies and how similar they were to Monet's Waterlilies that I saw at L'Orangerie.

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