Taize is a fellowship group for young adults, married and single, between 18 and 30 years of age. For more information about the Taize prayer group here at Ascension Catholic Church, please contact Justin Schaefer at just.schaefer
What is Taize prayer?
Taize Prayer (pronounced “teh-ZAY”) is a form of prayer populalarized by religious community of Christian brothers in the village of Taize, France. The prayer consists of sung chants, usually a line of scripture of a meditative mantras. The songs are interspersed with periods of silence, readings from scripture, and intercessory prayers.
Who founded Taize?
Brother Roger, a Protestant Christian, founded the ecumenical monastic order in Burgundy countryside of Taize, France in 1940. Brother Roger, pondering what it really meant to live life according to the scriptures, began a quest for a different expression of the Christian life. Created amidst the suffering of World War II, Brother Roger’s home in Taize became a sanctuary to countless war refugees seeking shelter. On Easter 1949, the first seven brothers committed themselves to follow Christ in simplicity, celibacy, and community.
Growth of Taize
Over time Taize grew into a community of more than a hundred brothers from Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox traditions who originated from thirty countries around the world. Today, Taize had become one of the world’s most important sights of Christian pilgrimage. Upwards of two thousand young people from around the world gather at Taize every week to pray, study the Bible, and work in community. Visitors include Blessed Pope John XXIII, Blessed Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.
Who Should Attend our Taize Prayer Services at Ascension Church?
Everyone who is young or young at heart is welcome especially those who seek Christ, who seek peace or those who just seek. Taize emphasizes ecumenism and strives to set aflame the very real desire that exists deep in every human being- the desire to discover ad experience the ineffable mystery of the living God.
Check out this link. http://www.taize.fr/en