Taize a little hamlet in central France
First and foremost, besides being a very profound approach to Christian prayer and worship, Taize is a little hamlet village roughly 40 miles north of Lyons in France.
A place of pilgrimage for 10s of thousands of young people
Since the 1950s it has been a place of increasing numbers of pilgrims, travelling from all over the world. During the summer months, many thousands of people journey to Taize to explore, pray and find themselves.
Over the last thirty years, it has also been the practice of the taize community to hold European city meetings -usually between Christmas and New Year. Upwards of 70,00 young people often attend, and are accommodated by local churches.
An immersive experience of worship, to meet God
The international dimension of the community provides some explanation to why the characteristic songs are in different language, and that there is no formal liturgy as such.
Besides the singing of Taize chants, which are often sentences from scripture, there is a bible reading. Probably the most challenging aspect of Taize Prayer is the silence. My experience attending Taize itself, is that the silences start at 5 minutes at the beginning of the week, and by the end of the week are often 10 minutes long. By that stage, one has begun to embrace silence as gift from God
Find out for yourself -at St Mary Chickerell
- Taize prayer is offered throughout the year at St Mary’s Chickerell.
- Get a poster with the dates on it for this year, by clicking the box on the left.