A Living Invitation to All to Connect with the Divine
Taizé Service - An Inner Journey
Services on the first and third Sunday
of every month
We begin a few
minutes prior to
on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month.
The ecumenical candlelit Taizé service
is meditative in character and promotes peace and serenity in all
who take part. It includes music and singing, interspersed with
spiritual reflections, prayer and periods of silence.
service is comprised of six parts which often parallel the mystical
We begin a few minutes before .To the sounds of meditative music you are asked to place a
lighted candle on the Taizé table in
front of the altar.Then you are to find a comfortable place to sit, embrace the
sacredness of the gathering, and begin to focus on being intentional
about what hopes you have for the meditation or contemplative period
Two – The Journey Begins -Letting Go
Beginning with the bells of Taizé and
the Alleluia chant the service begins.
During this period you are invited to listen to several spiritual
reflections.Following each spiritual reading you are encouraged to raise
your voice in chant, in English or Latin to the simple Taizé
meditative character of these beautiful, yet simple songs repeated
over and over permit you to center yourself.An inner calming begins.
Three – Illumination
Illumination is a fifteen minute period of silence.Here you have an opportunity to silently pray, reflect,
contemplate or meditate.For those who know Centering Prayer or any other meditative
form using a sacred word or mantra this time allows the mind
and heart to be open to the Presence and to receive that which may
means leaving to God what is beyond my reach and capacity.’
‘When words and thoughts
come to an end, God is praised in silent wonder and admiration.’
Part Four – Union Union begins after the period of
silence has ended and the reflections and chanting resume.Any insights received or problems clarified are taken back
out into the world.You
may likely feel grounded and empowered and in communion with the
Holy, for silence has calmed the agitated and restless mind.
‘The reasons not to love and not to forgive fade into
insignificance.Inner peace leads to union with God and we take that love
of God back out into the world.’
Part Five - Final
We wish each other and creation peace by chanting Shalom. We then
listen to and/or sing along with the final blessing.
Part Six - The Dismissal
While the final piece of meditative music plays the candles are
extinguished and we go quietly out into the night.
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