Taizé Prayer Service

On the third Monday of each month at 7 pm, Reformation hosts a prayer service that uses Taizé chants. The service is one hour and consists of simple repetitive songs, scripture readings, prayers, and a period of meditative silence.

The style of the service is inspired by the prayer services held in the Taizé Community in Taizé, France. More information about the community can be found below, or at http://www.taize.fr/en

History of The Taizé Community

Everything began in 1940 when, at the age of twenty-five, Brother Roger left Switzerland, the country where he was born, to go and live in France, the country his mother came from. For years he had been ill with tuberculosis, and during that long convalescence he had matured within him the call to create a community.

When the Second World War began, he had the conviction that without wasting time he should come to the assistance of people going through this ordeal, just as his grandmother had done during the First World War. The small village of Taizé, where he settled, was quite close to the demarcation line dividing France in two: it was well situated for sheltering refugees fleeing the war. Friends from Lyon started giving the address of Taizé to people in need of a place of safety.

As the years went by, little by little, other brothers joined the founder of Taizé. In 1949, a small group of brothers made a lifelong commitment to the common life, celibacy and a life of great simplicity. Today, the Taizé Community is made up of over a hundred brothers, Catholics and from various Protestant backgrounds, coming from around thirty nations. By its very existence, the community is a “parable of community” that wants its life to be a sign of reconciliation between divided Christians and between separated peoples.

Certain brothers live in some of the disadvantaged places in the world, to be witnesses of peace there, alongside people who are suffering. These small groups of brothers, in Asia, Africa and South America, share the living conditions of the people around them. They strive to be a presence of love among the very poor, street children, prisoners, the dying, and those who are wounded by broken relationships, or who have been abandoned.

The brothers of the community live solely by their work. They do not accept donations. In the same way, they do not accept personal inheritances for themselves; the community gives them to the very poor.

Since 1957-58, growing numbers of young people have been welcomed at Taizé. They take part in weekly meetings for young people coming from 35 to 70 countries. Some weeks there are as many as 5,000 of them. Three times a day they come together with the brothers for community prayer. They seek to discover a meaning for their life and they prepare themselves to take up responsibilities back where they come from.

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