Interested in joining us, but not sure about a full Sunday morning service? Our weekly Taizé Service is a great way to see the church and experience a time of meditation and centering in a quiet, calming environment. Until COVID restrictions ease, we are pre-recording the service separately to ensure the safety of our participants. We hope to resume the livestreamed service on our YouTube page each Wednesday at 7pm soon. Either way, the service lasts just over 30 minutes and all are welcome to join us virtually!
Taize at Trinity + St. Peter's
Now in its twentieth year, the Taizé Service is held in the stunning main sanctuary of the church. We use sung chant, candlelight, and moments of silence to offer a respite in the chaos of daily life,. Our Director of Music, Robert Gurney, and soprano, Sandy Kameron, infuse the sacred candlelit space with haunting and prayerful Taizé melodies, beautiful yet powerful in their simplicity. Readings are offered from carefully selected sacred and secular writings. Following a time for silent meditation, there is an invitation to light candles as prayer.
The Taizé Community, located in the village of Taizé, Burgundy, France, was birthed in 1940 and has become an internationally recognized ecumenical monastic brotherhood that receives 100,000 visitors per year. The Taizé service is a form of contemplative worship that incorporates music, mystical practices and interspiritual beliefs.
As explained in a brief introduction printed in the Taizé songbook, "Short chants, repeated again and again, give it a meditative character. Using just a few words, [the chants] express a basic reality of faith, quickly grasped by the mind. As the words are sung over many times, this reality gradually penetrates the whole being."