Taize Prayer Service
Healing Prayer in the Style of Taizé
Note: for the 2017 church program year, a special evening Taizé Prayer service will be held on December 10th at 5pm.
St. David’s frequently offers a Healing Prayer in the Style of Taizé. This is a quiet, meditative, hour-long service which includes an opportunity for prayer and anointing by clergy.
The worship tradition called Taizé (pronounced: Tay-zay) which began in the ecumenical French monastic community of the same name. It is a quiet service of meditation, reflection, reading, music, and healing. The experience finds its true meaning in the active participation of all assembled by focusing and deepening our faith through the power of prayer to bring spiritual, mental, and physical healing.
Therefore, everyone is encouraged to participate as the Spirit moves them, whether that be in song, prayer, or quiet meditation.
These days much of our modern, personal need is for entertainment. Our souls are “busy.” The liturgy that has developed around the Taizé community is primarily for the worship of God, but it is also meant to quiet the soul and to create a much-needed place for healing. This quietness does not happen at once, but gradually during the worship. There is repetition in the words of the music, there are many periods of silence, and the readings are read slowly - all so that we may have a deep quiet growth in our hearts. Then we may be still and at peace in the presence of Jesus and through this stillness accept his healing.
“Prayer is a serene force at work within human beings, stirring them up, changing their hearts, never allowing them to close their eyes in the face of evil, of wars, of all that threatens the innocent of this world. From it we draw the energy to wage other struggles, to transform the human condition and to make the earth a fit place to live.” - Brother Roger, founder, Taizé Community.
Four Taize Healing services are normally scheduled during each church program year (September through May).
Church Sanctuary doors open 30 minutes before the service for silent meditation.
Service begins at 5 or 6:00 pm and lasts about an hour.
Taizé is an ecumenical, international religious community that began in France during World War II. The brothers and sisters welcome thousands of visitors each year, mostly young adults who come to study scripture and be part of an intentional worshiping community. The mission of the Taizé community is to help seekers find meaning for their lives and deepen their relationship with God in the company of others.
The song and prayer of Taizé is offered for the healing of our world and for the healing of our lives.
Click here to visit the Taizé Community web site.