Since the 1940's near the village of Taizé, in central France, there has been a community of brothers, both Catholic and Protestant, who have come together for prayer, study, singing and meditation. It has become a wonderful symbol of Christians overcoming the narrow boundaries of denominations to live together in harmony. The Taizé community has grown substantially over the last 70 years, and today it is a place of pilgrimage for people of all faiths, particularly the youth. The daily routine is common to most monastic communities: work, prayer and study in a cycle that celebrates God's love for creation in many different ways. Silence is an important part of the day, reminding all that we must leave to God what is beyond our reach and capacity; we must take a rest from worry and concern; and, we must offer a quiet heart to be open to the Spirit.
Open Hearts: A service of meditation and mystery takes elements from Taizé that have been meaningful to worshippers for over a generation and will incorporate them into a context of evening prayer time. A number of songs and chants from Taizé will be interspersed with silence and prayer for a quiet, contemplative worship experience. Because the community at Taizé is international, a number of languages are used in their chanting, and we will have the opportunity to experience both the joyful calm and the serenity of Taizé singing.
The Taize service is on hiatus for the Summer.
Come and join us as we gather together in a new way to open our hearts to God and to share in the abundance of grace.