Taizé worship involves sung and chanted prayers, meditation, a period of silence, liturgical readings, and prayers for healing. The style of prayer practiced at Taizé has attracted many worshipers from around the globe and from many different denominations. Please join us the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.
The Taizé community is an ecumenical monastic order with a strong devotion to peace and justice through prayer and meditation.
It was founded in 1940 by Roger Louis Schutz-Marsauche (known as 'Brother Roger'). The 90-year- old monk died in August 2005 after being stabbed during a prayer service.
Today Taizé is one of the world's most important sites of Christian pilgrimage. Each year tens of thousands of young pilgrims flock to the small village of Taizé in central France to share in the community's way of life.
Prayer and silence are at the heart of the Taizé experience. Young people from every corner of the globe are encouraged to live out the Christian gospel in a spirit of joy, simplicity and reconciliation.
Ecumenism (a movement promoting Christian unity among Churches) is the key to Taizé's appeal, making it a magnet for people of many different cultures and traditions.
Taizé has spawned a unique style of worship that has become popular in churches, retreat centres and seminaries throughout the world.
The singing of distinctive and much-repeated prayer chants during candlelit prayer services is one of its trademarks. Taizé music highlights simple phrases, usually lines from the Psalms or other pieces of scripture, repeated or sung in canon. The repetition is designed to help meditation and prayer.
Tomb of Brother Roger
Brother Roger (Roger Louis Schutz-Marsauche) set up the Taizé community after cycling to the Burgundy region of France from his home in Geneva.
The son of a Protestant pastor and the youngest of nine children, he was born in Provence, Switzerland on May 12 1915 to a Swiss father and a French mother.
From an early age he was conscious of the divisions between Protestants and Catholics but he was urged to look beyond them. At university, he first felt the call to monastic life.
He was also greatly influenced by his grandmother's tales of helping refugees during the First World War. This gave him a strong desire to reach out to the poor and oppressed.
Bringing new life to Taizé
He left Switzerland in 1940 travelling 70 miles before stopping in the semi-abandoned village of Taizé where an old woman offered him a meal.
She encouraged him to stay in the village which was close to the ruined abbey of Cluny.
He raised money to buy a disused house and outbuildings where he began to offer shelter to political refugees, including Jews fleeing Nazi persecution.
At first he prayed alone but a regular pattern of prayer with his guests soon became established. In 1949, Brother Roger set up a monastic community with Protestants and later with Catholics too.
In the post-war years, the monks received mainly orphans and former German prisoners.
The monks set up a milk co-operative, published religious books and created a retreat centre for youth which today welcomes up to 5,000 young people each week.
In a public letter shortly before his death, Brother Roger spoke of the need to "love life on earth, and at the same time long for a beyond, a life that will never end."
People throughout the world mourned his tragic death on August 16 2005.
(From BBC UK)
Taize Service April 1, 2020 (Unfortunately we are unable to attach the music associated with this service )
At the beginning of the service, you are invited to light a candle – to affirm a personal vow, to pray for someone or a particular situation, to invite the light of Christ to shed light on your path, and to receive illumination.
Silence (for two minutes)
Now we are going to sing The Kingdom of God (Please click on the first attachment)
All: The Kingdom of God is justice and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Come, Lord, and open in us the gates of your kingdom.
Let us now read Psalm 139:
Lord, you have searched me out and known me; you know my sitting down and my rising up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You trace my journeys and my resting-places and are acquainted with all my ways.
Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, but you, O Lord, know it altogether.
You press upon me behind and before and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain to it.
Where can I go then from your Spirit? where can I flee from your presence?
If I climb up to heaven, you are there; If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
even there your hand will lead me and your right hand hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will cover me, and the light around me turn to night,”
Darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day;
darkness and light to you are both alike.
Now we are going to sing In the Lord (Please click on the second attachment)
All: In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful, in the Lord I will rejoice! Look to God, do not be afraid; Lift up your voices, the Lord is near; Lift up your voices, the Lord is near.
Reading A Reading form St. John’s first letter (1 John 1:1-4)
We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes, and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that
he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us. We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard, so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy.
Holy Word, Holy Wisdom.
We are covenant people. Our faith and civil life are on the basis of covenants. Marriage is a covenant, a binding agreement between two parties. And the rings are the sign of this covenant.
In Christian faith, a covenant is a binding agreement between God and us.
Sometimes the covenant is between God and a community. Sometimes it is between God and an individual. There have been covenants between God and Noah, God and Abraham, God and Moses, God and the Israelites, and God and King David.
The new covenant is about Jesus Christ. The new covenant is about a binding agreement between God and us. This agreement says that when we come to believe in Jesus, that means believing in his everlasting presence, his teachings, and his Gospel,
> our hearts will be refreshed,
> our attitudes will be positively changed,
> our bodies will gain re-energized strength,
> and our minds will become purposefully-oriented.
This process will bring us, as a community, to the Kingdom of God. And the signs of this new covenant are Baptism and Eucharist.
This is what we read in the Gospel of John:
“The Word became human, and made his home among us. He is full of unfailing love and faithfulness. We have seen his glory. From his abundance we have received, one gracious blessing, after another. The law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ”.
This new covenant, this unfailing love and faithfulness through Jesus Christ, has brought us an opportunity: Now, we may establish our own individual covenants with Jesus.
By a personal covenant with Jesus, we will have sure confidence and stronger faith, and we will overcome the obstacles with which we are confronted, every now and then.
Today, we may make resolutions to make a positive change in our lives. As followers of Jesus, we can also establish a communal covenant with Jesus as well as personal covenants with him in order to bring renewal to all aspects of our lives.
Today can be a time for reflection and self-examination, but it is also a time to look forward with joy to the possibilities that lie before us. It is a time for growth as individuals, in our church community, and in the wider community around us. A covenant with Jesus Christ will grant each and every one of us a unique strength to enter this holy state with Joy.
Silence (for two minutes)
Let us now sing God is Forgiveness: Please Click on the third attachment.
All: God is forgiveness. Dare to forgive and God will be with you. God is forgiveness. Love and do not fear.
Now let us give thanks to God our Father for all his gifts so freely bestowed upon us.
For the beauty and wonder of your creation, in earth and sky and sea. We thank you, Lord.
For all that is gracious in the lives of men and women, revealing the image of Christ, We thank you, Lord.
For our daily food and drink, our homes and families, and our friends, We thank you, Lord.
For minds to think, and hearts to love, and hands to serve, We thank you, Lord.
For health and strength to work, and leisure to rest and play, We thank you, Lord.
For the brave and courageous, who are patient in suffering and faithful in adversity, We thank you, Lord.
For all fearless seekers after truth, liberty, and justice, We thank you, Lord.
For the communion of saints, in all times and places, We thank you, Lord.
Silence (for two minutes)
The Lord's Prayer
And now, as our Saviour Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Let us now sing Jesus, Remember me: Please Click on the fourth attachment.
All: Jesus remember me, when you come into your Kingdom.