Preparations began as early as 5pm! Many hands came together to prepare the room, decorating the walls and floors, setting up instruments, laptop and projector, cutting paper, moving furniture, carrying equipment up and down etc. (No photos because everyone was hard at work!)
By 7pm, under the supervision of Nat, the room was beautifully draped in red, orange and yellow hues. The floors near the front of the room were cozily embraced in a sea of multi-coloured rugs, with cushion seats appropriately interspersed among them. Rows of chairs were arranged neatly behind for those who less inclined to sitting on the floor. A hundred tealights gently illuminated the room. Simple stacked boxes were placed on both sides of the room as decorations. Musicians for the night Nana and Andrew rehearsed while the helpers familiarized themselves with the songs. 7.50pm, and ushers were sent down to direct parishioners up to the RCIA room. Guests were greeted with smiles and handed pen, paper and envelope.
Introductions were made as parishioners broke the ice by playing a game of “2 truths and a lie”. Followed by a short briefing and photo sharing about Taize by Steph Sim, who had just been there to experience it over the summer holidays. (For more about Taize, visit here!)
We then began by enthroning the Taize cross, the candle, the Bible, the icon of Our Lady, and a miniature statue of St John Vianney. Songs of praise and thanksgiving were sung and as we lifted our voices, our hearts were also raised and so were our intentions for our priests. The repeated melodious and harmonious strains were calming and peaceful, making it a wonderful time spent with God.