There is a Presbyterian church we pass regularly that on their sign every so often it will say Taize Service for a particular date. This isn’t a type of church we would even go to because the pastor’s name is Peggy! But we always think what is a Taize service? Even though we aren’t Catholic we do have a little understanding of Catholic services, but we’ve not heard of this type service. This is what I found out about Taize services.
Taize is an ecumenical group started in France. They have spread world-wide now. The services utilize candles, incense, icons, and stress silence. When songs are used they are often chanted.
“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.” The Taizé Community
“Brother Roger has said many times how important a role music and singing have played in Taizé from the very beginning. There are pages here on meditative singing and learning the songs in the way they are intended to be sung. There is an outline for a typical “prayer with songs from Taizé”, pages on the value of silence; how to arrange the place where the prayer will take place; the use of icons in worship; sound clips, and much more.”
So now you know what Taize is.