Join us for an evening of meditative singing, silent prayer and quiet reflection as we worship in the style of the Taizé community.
Taizé (pronounced tez-ay) is an ecumenical monastic community in Southern France founded in 1940 by Roman Catholic and Protestant brothers dedicated to values of simplicity, kindness and reconciliation. It remains one of the most important sites of modern Christian pilgrimage. In fact, over 100,000 young people from around the world make pilgrimages to Taizé each year for prayer, Bible study, sharing, and communal work. But worship at Taize is its true gift. Services at Taize focus on simple, beautiful songs, sung in many languages and repeated over and over until they become prayers. Taizé services also utilize icons, or meditative images, scripture and silent prayer.
At CCU’s Taizé service, you can expect to be welcomed into quiet, candlelit atmosphere. Accompanied by our musicians, we will sing various chants together (we’ll provide you with the words and music) and then spend a period in silent prayer together. We’ll have an opportunity for all who wish to light prayer candles and meditate at the front of the sanctuary. Then we’ll close with more singing and leave the space open for a time afterward for any who wish to stay and continue in prayer.
For most people, this is a new way to worship, but many find it to be soulful and enriching. All are welcome to come worship with us to try it out. And please direct questions to our office. Our first service will be Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 7pm.