In the Spirit of Taizé is an ecumenical form of prayer modeled after the Taizé community (an ecumenical Christian monastic community of brothers) founded in the 1940's by Br. Roger in Taizé, France. The purpose of the prayer is to foster reconciliation and peace among all people. Christians of all traditions share in this ecumenical prayer. The simple monthly service consists of song (using the simple chants of the Taize community), scripture, a service of light, an extended period of silence for meditation concluding with prayers for the world.
The Taizé Prayer Service is held every year on January 1, the World Day of Prayer for Peace, at 7:30 PM. Each month, February through December, Taizé Prayer is held on the First Friday at 7:30 PM.
We also offer a Prayer Around the Cross on Good Friday of each year at 3:00 PM in the afternoon. Please note that if Good Friday falls on a first Friday, there is no evening 7:30 PM service in the spirit of Taize.
Ascension has Taizé recordings, music books, and prayer books available after the evening prayer services. In March 2002, a live recording was made at Ascension Church - In the Spirit of Taize. The CD is published by GIA publications and is available at Ascension for $17.
For a complete listing of American resources books, recordings, songbooks, and DVDs contact GIA publications at (800) 442-1358 or visit GIA Music