I went for the first time with a friend to a Taize Meditation last night. It was an awesome experience. We sung music through simple prayer chants, moments of silence, someone would speak simple affirmations, more song chants, we each lit a candle and put it in the sand, and requested a simple prayer in which everyone in the room said "Your Prayer is My Prayer". We finished off with silence and a chant and everyone left in Peace. It was a wonderful feeling and this morning I have taken information from the internet to share with you as follows:
The Taizé community is an international ecumenical community located near the small village of Taizé outside Cluny in the Burgundy region of France. Founded in 1940 by Brother
Roger, the community has long been committed to promoting and praying for reconciliation, peace, and unity. Each week it welcomes up to 8000 people, mostly young adults (19 - 30 year olds), from around the globe.
This community has developed a style of worship that reflects its lifestyle: it is simple, beautiful and prayerful. An aspect of Taizé prayer is the music which is sung through simple prayer-chants. By singing together simple chants that are short, easy to learn, and repeated many times,
those worshipping in the style of Taizé are able to let go with their mind and to pray and listen to God with their heart. Nothing is more conducive to a communion with the living God than a meditative common prayer with, as its high point, singing that never ends and that continues in the silence of one¹s heart when one is alone again.
When the mystery of God becomes tangible through the simple beauty of symbols, when it is not smothered by too many words, then a common prayer awakens us to heaven¹s joy on earth. Prayer is a serene force at work within human beings, stirring them up, transforming them, never allowing them to close their eyes in the face of evil, of wars, of all that threatens the weak of this world. Taizé has become a model for the formation of community all over the world.