Wednesday nights at 7.30.
Midweek we celebrate a Taizé Eucharist service where everyone is welcome. This service incorporates silence, prayer, meditation and music in tandem with our Eucharistic liturgy. Many of the songs are sung in different languages, and emphasises simple phrases, usually lines from Psalms or other pieces of Scripture, repeated and sometimes also sung in canon. It is a quiet, reflective and peaceful service – ideal for refocusing on God in the midst of a busy week.
The Taizé community is an ecumenical Christian monastic order in Taizé, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France. It is composed of about 100 brothers who come from Catholic and Protestant traditions.The brothers come from about 30 countries across the world. The monastic order has a strong devotion to peace and justice through prayer and meditation. It was founded in 1940 by Brother Roger Schutz.
The community has become one of the world’s most important sites of Christian pilgrimage. Over 100,000 young people from around the world pilgrim to Taizé each year for prayer, Bible study, sharing, and communal work. Through the community’s ecumenical outlook, they are encouraged to live in the spirit of kindness, simplicity and reconciliation.
Please spend some time to explore contents below to get a feel for this community of hospitality.
To learn more, listen to the mp3 files and read about the larger Taizé community on their website.
Taizé Service – a taster!
Sample Meditation transcript (by Sarah-Jane Bennison)
Taizé Service 21.04.10
Now it is Spring and everywhere I look I see new life and new hope.
As I look out of my window at the sky and the fields; as I walk around my garden and see the seedlings pushing through the soil; as I walk in the mountains. Everything reinforces the Easter message of new life, new hope and God’s steadfast promises of love and nurture.
Reading Psalm 150 inspired me to add a few more verses of my own in praise of God. I hope they will help you to feel joy and hope even in a world often full of pain and challenge.
Let the birds of the air praise the Lord with their song and their flight.
Let the new lambs in the fields praise the Lord with their skipping and play.
Let the Lord be praised in the scudding white clouds in the blue spring sky.
Let the Lord be praised in the tossing of the yellow daffodils and new green leaves.
Let the Lord be praised in the new green grass as it brings life to the bleak brown winter hills.
Let the Lord be praised in the majesty of the lofty mountains standing steadfast through all seasons: yesterday, today, tomorrow and forever.