“It is a time to rest in God, to let the words listened to and sung penetrate one’s being” — Brother John, Taizé monk
Our parish has a long history of offering Taizé worship to the community and we are continuing to share this peaceful and meditative worship even during this time when we can’t be together. Our worship follows the Taizé tradition including reflective music and chants, readings, and times of silence for quiet prayer and contemplation. We encourage you to find a quiet place in your home – light some candles, dim the lights, and join us online. If you have a cross, icon, or other objects of spiritual importance to you, keep them near. They can provide a meaningful focal point during the periods of reflection and prayer throughout the service.
About the Taizé Community
Taizé is a monastic community in southeastern France. It was founded in 1940 with the mission of healing the divisions between Christians and within the human family. This community seeks to create an environment where reconciliation could become a concrete reality every day. It is an ecumenical community that includes 100 brothers from over twenty different countries.
Thousands of Christian people from all over the world, young and old, gather at Taizé every week to pray, to search, to sing, and to find refreshment and renewal. The worship of Taizé is marked by depth and simplicity, consisting of much singing along with significant periods of silent meditation.
“Prayer is a serene force at work within human beings, stirring them up, transforming them,
never allowing them to close their eyes in the face of evil, or wars, of all that, threatens the weak of this world. From it, we draw
energy to wage other struggles – to enable our loved ones to survive,
to transform the human condition, to make the earth a place fit to live in.”
– Brother Roger of Taizé
Music is an integral part of a Taizé service it’s a unique style of worship music. It reflects the meditative nature of the community. Taizé music emphasizes simple phrases, usually lines from Psalms or other pieces of the Bible, repeated over and over and sometimes also sung in canon. The repetition is intended to aid meditation and prayer.