Praying with the songs of Taizé, Tuesday, September 4, 7:30 pm

Praying with the songs of Taizé is on for September 4.

Come join us on Tuesday, September 4. We’re having community worship with Eucharist at 5:30 p.m., followed by supper at 6:30 p.m. And then — praying with the songs of Taizé at 7:30 p.m.

The service is contemplative and meditative in character, using short songs, repeated again and again in a candle lit chapel. We invite you to participate in our practice of Taizé which includes singing, prayer for Metropolitan Richmond, and a period of silence.

Taizé prayer is the creation of a monastic community in Taizé, France, founded in the 1940s by a Swiss man known as Brother Roger. The brothers there emphasize service and ecumenism, particularly reconciliation between divided peoples and divided Christians.

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

Using just a few words, the songs express a basic reality of faith, quickly grasped by the mind. As the words are sung over many times, the hope is this reality will gradually penetrate one’s whole being. Meditative singing can be a way of listening to God.

Our leader, Jim Bennett, is a skilled musician. He leads this time of worship with a variety of musical instruments.

Leader: Jim Bennett
7:30 p.m. first Tuesday of each month

4 Comments

  1. Sally Mills
    December 31, 2017

    Hi,
    Is the community supper on January 2 (and other dates) a potluck?

    Thank you,
    Sally Mills

    Reply
    1. Richard Rumble
      January 02, 2018

      Hi Sally — We do the shopping, cooking and the clean-up, you enjoy the supper and the fellowship. We ask for a small ($5-10) donation to help with our cost for providing the meal.

      Reply
  2. Tanya
    January 17, 2018

    Has Taize officially shifted to the 1st Tuesday of each month (rather than the 1st Monday, as before)? Just wanted to double-check, as it has been a highlight of our month, in the past. Thank you!

    Reply
    1. Richard Rumble
      January 22, 2018

      Yes, Praying with the Songs of Taizé is now offered at 7:30 pm on the first Tuesday of every month. Our Community Worship also happens on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm, with dinner following the service. Thanks for checking!

      Reply

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