Taize Service, Sanctuary

Thu, March 5, 20157:00 PM

Taize services are named after the religious Community of Taize in northern France. This ecumenical community was originally formed as a “front” for a group of lay brothers who were rescuing Jews from Hitler’s Germany. The services that were developed need to be inter‐denominational because the “brothers” came from many different churches and countries. Today, thousands of pilgrims from all over the world travel to Taize seeking a period of simplicity and prayer. Taize services are the only interdenominational services that have been recognized (in fact, blessed) by a Pope. John XXIII spent some time at Taize and referred to it as “a little Springtime.”

There is no visible leadership in a Taize service. Those who attend take turns reading the Scriptures and leading the prayers. Songs are brief “sung prayers” that are repeated a number of times to help focus the mind and spirit. There is time for silent prayer. There is a five minute period of silence in the middle of the service. At first, this seems like a long time ‐‐‐ later you may find yourself reluctant to give up the silence.

St. Stephen’s offers Taize services as a Lenten discipline. They are held in the Sanctuary at 7:00 pm. They last about 30 minutes or so and worshippers are invited to stay afterwards and pray if they wish. For more information about the Taize community and the Taize “sung prayers” check out this website:http://www.taize.fr/enrubrique12.html