What is Taizé?
Taizé Prayer is named for the ecumenical Christian community formed in Taizé, France. The Taizé community includes brothers from all Christian denominations, including Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox traditions. Read more about the Taizé Community on their website here.
What is Taizé like at Newman University Church?
The way Taizé services are conducted at University Church is not the “best” or “right” way. Any group should amend their service to have more or less of the below elements so that the congregation can praise God. Check out our YouTube channel to watch a full Taizé service at University Church.
Each Tuesday at 6pm the church is dimly lit and our Taizé cross is brought out as a focal point for prayer. A few candles are lit around the cross (more will be added in the procession of light during the service.) The quartet of singers (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass) lead the songs by beginning each hymn in unison before splitting into parts. Taizé hymns are repetitive so that the congregation can easily remember lyrics and melody and hopefully join along in singing. Read more about the order of service here