Taizé Prayer Service

You are welcome to join us on Sunday 12 August for our Taizé prayer Service

Taizé is a small village in the Burgundy region of France where an ecumenical community of brothers lives.

The community was founded during the Second World War by Brother Roger, to provide sanctuary for those fleeing from persecution. Others joined him and now the community includes brothers from across the world who are concerned with working for peace and reconciliation. A key text for the community is the Beatitudes (Matthew 5. 1–12) which describes the upside-down nature of the kingdom of God. Many thousands flock to Taizé each year, especially young people, to seek God in the community’s lifestyle and worship.

The theme of this evening’s service is The Kingdom of God.

This evening, we gather to pray to God using chants which are used at Taizé and in an order of service suggested by the community. The chants are repeated many times to help us to become centred on God, allowing God to speak to us at a deep level. Silence is also a major part of worship at Taizé. As well as some silence between chants we will hold a longer silence during our prayer this evening. 

You are encouraged to listen to God in the silence, perhaps focussing on the icon of the Annunciation on the altar, on the Taizé cross or on the words of the reading or the chants.

This service takes place in the Cathedral retrochoir and we look forward to welcoming you.