On the first and second Saturdays of the month the Taizé worship services emphasize the healing power of the good news of Jesus Christ. The Prayer Around the Cross invites worshipers to approach a wooden cross reminding of Jesus’ suffering and death. It is a time for personal prayers and confession laying down burdens – one’s own and on behalf of others and the world. The Prayer Around the Paschal Candle the next week offers a healing blessing with laying on of hands and anointing with oil. The first two Saturdays in December are December 1 (Cross) and December 8 (Healing Blessing).