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  • Taiz Feast of All Saints November 5, 2017

    Saint Pauls CathedralGod understands every human language. Remaining close to God in silence is already prayer: your lips remain

    closed but your heart is speaking to God. And, by the Holy Spirit, Christ prays in you more than you can imagine. Brother Roger of Taiz

    Listen to learn, to understand, for the holy is most eloquent in silence. Bishop Steven Charleston

    Our service tonight is based on the method of prayer utilized in the Taiz community, Taiz, France. It is a time of listening, a time to leave things before God, a time to be before God, to have ones soul open for God.

    Silence is an essential element of Taiz Prayer.

    Cathedral Silence begins at 4:45 pm. You are welcome to sit in the Chancel.

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    WOpening Chant

    De noche_iremos, de noche, Que para_encontrar la fuente,

    Solo la sed nos alumbra,Solo la sed nos alumbra.

    (By night we hasten, in darkness,To seek for the living water,

    Only our thirst lights us onwards.)(Silence)

    Opening PrayerAlmighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.


    Nada te turbe, nada te_espante,Quien a Dios tiene, nada le falta.Nada te turbe, nada te_espante,

    Solo Dios, basta.

    (Let nothing trouble you or disturb you.Who holds to God lacks nothing.

    Let nothing trouble you or disturb you,Only God, that is enough.)


    First Lesson 1 John 3:1-3

    See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are Gods children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.


    Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.


    LessonMatthew 5:1-12

    When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comfort-ed. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteous-ness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.


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    Intercessory Prayers

    RefrainSurely goodness and mercy shall follow me

    Shall follow me

    Almighty God, you are the one who has given us the gift of life and the gift of each other. This wondrous gift lies in the intertwining of our lives with those we love. We re-member those who have gone before us into your greater kingdom, asking that the love of your Spirit will surround each of them. We ask that your Holy Angels will continue to tend to the needs of their souls, surrounding them with your peace, your comfort and your love. Amen.

    Refrain (one time through)

    In remembrance of those we love but can see no longer, we ask that our hearts and minds might be open to an aware-ness of that thin place that lies between heaven and earth. Help us be open to the blessing that is ours with each un-folding moment. Help us to remember in the tender times of loss that life for us has changed but not ended and that we are forever alive in your love and grace. Amen.

    Refrain (one time through)

    Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and glory, now and forever. In the name of the one in whose name we cross over from death into life eternal. Amen.

    Re unto the hills dropin - Score frain

    The Lords PrayerOur Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

    Concluding PrayersKeep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the wea-ry, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your loves sake. Amen.


    All: that a wake we may

    watch with Christ

    and a sleep we may

    rest in peace.- -



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    Leader: Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping

    Leader: Lord, you now have set your servant free to go in peace as you have promised


    Leader: Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleepingAll: That awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

    Song of Simeon

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    The BlessingThe peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always. Amen.

    After the Blessing Unto the hills around do I lift up my longing eyes.

    O whence for me shall my salvation come, from whence arise?

    From God the Lord doth come thy certain aid, from God the Lord,

    who heavn and earth hath made

    He will not suffer that thy foot be moved: safe shalt thou be.

    No careless slumber shall his eyelids close, who keepeth thee.

    Behold he sleepeth not, he slumbreth neerwho keepeth Israel in his holy care.

    The Lord above will be thy keeper true, thy changeless shade.

    The Lord above to be on thy right hand himself hath made.

    And thee no sun by day shall ever smite, no moon shall harm thee in the silent night.

    From evry evil shall he keep thy soul, from evry sin.

    His mercy shall preserve thy go-ing out, thy coming in.

    Above thee watching, he whom we adore shall keep thee henceforth, yea, forever more.

    The Prayer BoxAlmighty God, we entrust all who are dear to us to thy never-failing care and love, for this life and the life to come, knowing that thou art doing for them better things than we can desire or pray for. Bless these prayers and the requests made known only unto you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    [You are invited to follow the clergy to the Courtyard to burn the prayers

    from the prayer box]

    Gracious God, we gather in the Courtyard to bring you the prayers of your people their intercessions, concerns, longings, heartaches, thanksgivings, pleas for guidance, and so much more. We raise them up to You in this sym-bolic Fire of Transformation. We pray that our sisters and brothers may feel the light of your presence at work in their lives. Guide us always to be worthy in our ministry of prayer. Amen.

    The DismissalLet us go forth in the name of Christ. Thanks be to God.