Taizé Prayer Service

Wednesday    •    July 11, 2018    •    8:00pm

Please consider joining us for a night of prayer, meditation, and worship on Wednesday, July 11 at 8:00pm for our Taizé service!

Imagine the scene. Silence. Church lights dim. On the altar and the floor and steps around it, dozens of candles flicker, some atop pillars. The church comes alive with candlelight.  Worshippers in the pews, led by Katherine Cavallo our music director, chant together, slowly and prayerfully repeating a single line over and over in growing intensity.  Behold this magical scene: hundreds of small flames on and around the altar like a sunburst in shadowy darkness. 

This is a Taizé prayer service.

“It is a time to rest in God, to let the words listened to and sung penetrate one’s being.” So says Brother John, a Taizé monk, in lectures and writings explaining what the service is all about.

There is no preaching, no teaching, no talk of sin or repentance or forgiveness. There is just this elegantly simple service: short chants, repeated over and over in the dark. Plus some short Scripture readings or psalms. And silence, at least 8 or 10 minutes. It is a calming, quieting, welcome respite from our everyday lives. It is a mystical peaceful experience that all are sure to enjoy. 

Please join us! 

Contact:  Katherine Cavallo • 858-653-3583 • musicministry@stgg.org

The History of TaizÉ

The Taizé Community is an ecumenical Christian community based in Taizē, Burgundy, France. The community was founded by Roger Schutz, a Swiss Protestant theologian who came to Taizé in 1940 to establish a monastery and became known as Brother Roger. In 1949 he and others who had joined him formally established a monastic community of brothers, committing to a simple, celibate life.

The brothers seek to awaken spirituality, particularly in young adults, and promote Christian unity and peace. The community's style of worship, including the mixing of meditative prayer and song, periods of silence, and the use of light, have influenced services in many Christian churches.

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