Taizé is a small village in eastern France where young adults from all over the world have gathered together since the early 1950's. They come to pray, to worship, and to seek the meaning of life in communion with Christ and sisters and brothers of many races and cultures. The founder and mentor of this ecumenical community is Brother Roger, a "bearer of trust, reconciliation, and peace." Today there are over one hundred brothers in the Taizé community from over twenty different countries. They share their material goods, talents, and faith together in a celibate life, and lead Bible study groups, prayer services, and worship for the thousands of young adults who make the pilgrimage to their community. Common prayer is at the center of their life together, whether they are at Taizé or travel to share the life of the poor in India, Africa, or Central America.
Taizé worship takes place three times a day and includes meditative and sung prayer, Scripture reading, and silence. The singing, often in four-part harmony or in a round, is offered in many languages. Sometimes instruments play an obbligato part as voices sing a chant. The simple yet magnificent music that is repeated over and over again continues on in the heart long after worship has ended.
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Taizé-style worship in the Denver area