Prayer for peace
Prayer, silence and songs inspired by the ecumenical and international monastic community of Taizé, France
For many years we have been gathering for a monthly evening prayer using the 'Taizé' style of worship. The style of prayer takes its inspiration from an ecumenical and international monastic community in France called Taizé. The community was founded during the Second World War by Brother Roger. In the founder's words,
“This intuition has never left me: a life in community where goodness of heart and simplicity would be at the centre of everything.”
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. Over the years, young adults have been coming to Taizé in ever greater numbers; they come from every continent to take part in weekly meetings. The brothers wish to support the search for peace and reconciliation wherever it exists. At the end of each year, between Christmas and New Year’s Day, a very large meeting is held in one of the major cities of Europe. International meetings are also held regularly in Asia, Latin America and Africa.
“As we continue the pilgrimage of trust on earth that brings together young people from many countries, we understand more and more deeply this reality: all humanity forms a single family and God lives within every human being without exception.” (Brother Alois, Letter from Kolkata)
The brothers pray 3 times a day together with thousands of young people, therefore their style of worship emerged out of the need for simplicity. The short, repetitive songs and silence enable all to worship together despite different traditions and languages. Many of us who have experienced this form of prayer enjoy the simplicity and space that it provides. Come along and find out!
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