Song, silence and scripture in the style of Taizé.

The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods held its first monthly ecumenical Taizé prayer service on Jan. 8 in the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the Woods. The hour-long service included sung prayers, meaningful music, a time of silence, spoken and silent prayers. The prayers are quiet and reflective, deeply peaceful and joyful. Songs were sung many times over as a prayer of the heart.

The theme was “Lack of Potable Water in the World.” All who attend the Taizé services may choose to pray about each of the monthly themes listed below.

Taizé prayer was formed in France by a group of ecumenical brothers, including Catholics and Protestants.

The 2013 focus of the Taizé Prayer at the Woods is the “Year of the River,” part of Terre Haute’s celebration of the Wabash River. Each service, held on the second Tuesday of each month (except in February when it is on the third Tuesday), begins at 7 p.m.

For more information, please contact Sister Paula Damiano at 812-535-2926 or

The themes and dates are as follows.

February 19 – Thirst
March 12 – Spring Rains: Climate Change
April 9 – Waters of Baptism
May 14 – Water Pollution
June 11 – Flowing River
July 9 – Wasted Water
August 13 – Drought
September 10 – Joy of the River
October 8 – St. Mother Theodore Guerin & the Wabash
November 12 – Wabashiki and the Native Peoples
December 10 – Healing Water