These services offer candlelight, song and silence. Singers and instrumentalists provide live music for the service which participants can join in with if they wish. The services provide a lovely time of quiet, warmth and a restful end (or beginning) to the week. A light supper is served afterwards.
Taizé is a small village in eastern France.
For 50 years, it has been the home of a Christian monastic community made up of brothers from many different countries, speaking many different languages and, uniquely, belonging to several different Christian denominations. Catholics, Anglicans, Protestants, Orthodox and others live and pray together, share a simple life and welcome the tens of thousands of visitors who come to spend time with them every year from all over the world.
The community has developed a unique style of meditative singing which focuses on the repetitive chanting of short phrases from the Bible and other Christian texts in a range of languages. We are using some of those songs this evening.