Candles and icons create the welcoming, quiet space for Taize, an ecumenical service at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, in Ellsworth, Maine. Taize need not be held in a church, but this night it was.

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This icon belongs to Carmen Greene,               of Mount Desert Island.

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Diana Gazis provided an  icon brought from Greece by her monther in law in the 1950’s. It is in a Gordon’s Gin Bottle. I am fascinated by what the process must have been to create this icon in a glass bottle.

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A second icon in a small bottle…you can compare to the tea lights at the sides of the photo. This also is over fifty years old and from Greece.

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Taize Worship
An Ecumenical Service
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” We need to find God,
and God cannot be found in
noise and restlessness.
See how nature –
trees and flowers and grass –
grow in silence.
See the stars, the moon
and the sun,
how they move in silence.
The more we receive in silent prayer,
the more we can give
in our active life.
     ~ Mother Theresa

About Taize
(pronounced ta-zay)

The Village of Taize is the setting
for the monastery founded in 1940
by Brother Roger Scholz.
The monks and visitors there
formed an ecumenical community
living, working, and praying together,
and bringing a message
of peace and reconciliation.

The Taize service we use today
comes from this community.
It is a form of ecumenical Christian worship
centered on Scripture, prayer, and chant,
interspersed with periods of silence.
Over the years this service
has evolved into a style that is
meditative yet accessible to everyone,
even the un-churched.
There is no sermon, no reciting of creeds
and no members-only sacrament. 
A darkened sanctuary, candles, and icons
help create a meditative mind.
Simple and quiet,
leaving plenty of room for reflection,
it requires only your prayerful presence.


This information was taken from
the service bulletin .

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These are two of my icons. The ornate icons are from Kiev, Ukraine brought to me, by a friends son, within the last ten years. The two smaller icons were a gift within the past ten years and are the plain, simple versions of the more ornate icons.

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