Taize - Last Thursday Of The Month At Holy Rood - Quiet reflection and music


Here at Holy Rood, Taize-style services are held during the evenings of the last Thursday of the month from 6.30 to 7.15pm in the Lady Chapel.

If you have ever wondered about these services and have never been before, then please come and experience a time of listening to peaceful music, chants and Scripture, a time for prayer, singing and fellowship, and in the silence, a time for personal reflection and meditation - all in a worshipful, candle-lit atmosphere.

In the past, icons, pictures and relaxation methods have been used as a means of stilling ourselves and opening up to God in prayer. The experience is special and enjoyed by all who take part. Since May 2008, Gillian has been leading us wonderfully in worship, creating the opportunity to un-wind and pray in an ambience of calm, serenity and togetherness.

Anyone is welcome to come along and join with us to share the experience. It definitely is an evening that will appeal to many across the adult age range. Please come and see for yourselves, and even bring a friend or neighbour with you.

Taize is an ecumenical community in France, founded by Swiss-born Protestant, Brother Roger in the 1930s. He believed since his youth that community life could be a sign that "God is love, and love alone" Over the years, young adults have been going to Taize in ever-greater numbers; they come from every continent to take part in weekly meetings. People of all ages describe it as a "life-changing experience".

Brother Roger died on 16th August 2005, aged 90. He was killed during the evening prayer. Since then, Brother Alois, whom Brother Roger chose as his successor many years ago, has been the Prior of the Community. 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. Remember the words of St Augustine: "He who sings, prays twice"; and in the words of Brother Roger: "When the church becomes a house of prayer, the people will come running."

Click here to find out more about the Taize Community