“An oasis of peace, a chance to stop and dwell with others on the presence of Christ. If wordy worship is not for you, if you enjoy stillness and simplicity, Taizé Prayer at St Nicolas' may well be what you are looking for.”
Though public Taizé Prayer has been temporarily suspended both at St Nicolas' Church and at Taizé itself, it is still possible to join the brothers of Taizé live every evening at 7.30 pm for a service which is streamed on their Facebook page. Services at Taizé are multilingual. There is usually at least one reading in English at each service. The chants will be familiar to those who worship regularly with us on the first Sunday evening of the month and the Taizé Community has started to publish both words and music on its website for those who wish to sing along. At the time of writing, these online services are attracting up to 100,000 people each evening from all over the world. You are warmly invited to join them?
Taizé is a small village in eastern France and one of the wonders of the Christian world. Far better known in continental Europe than it is in Britain, for over 70 years, it has been the home of a Christian monastic community made up of over 100 brothers from around 30 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 describes itself as a "parable of communion", living proof that it is possible for Christians from all denominations to overcome the divisions of the past, to live, work and worship together, united by their shared trust in Christ.
Taizé 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. The three daily services also include short Bible readings and prolonged periods of silence. Learning to listen to God in the company of others is at the heart of prayer at Taizé.
It is almost impossible to recreate the unforgettable experience of a Taizé service outside the Community, but thousands of Christian churches, communities and families across the world do take inspiration from what they have found there. The songs, in particular, are widely used.
Taizé Prayers at St Nicolas' are loosely based on the pattern of worship used by the Taizé Community. A mixture of repetitive chants, scripture readings, spoken prayers and long silences, they provide an oasis of peace, a chance to stop and dwell with others on the presence of Christ. If wordy worship is not for you, if you enjoy stillness and simplicity, Taizé Prayer at St Nicolas' may well be what you are looking for.
Life at Taizé
The Taizé Community has an extensive website. Among the wealth of resources to be found there are recordings made during daily worship and videos which explain the life and work of the community.
This 15 minute film explains the life and work of the community and provides some valuable insights into its origins.
These buttons will give you access to the service sheets which we use during Taizé Prayer at St Nicolas' Church as well as to several key pages from the Taizé Community's website.
Our Taizé prayers usually take place at 6.00 pm on the first Sunday of each month, but this can sometimes change, so we advise you to check our weekly newsletter before setting out for church.