Taize an opportunity for quiet worship
Published in the Orange County Register on May 8, 2013
Taize, in the south of Burgandy, France, is the home of an international, ecumenical community, founded there in 1941 by Brother Roger. The brothers of Taize make a life commitment to sharing all things material and spiritual, to celibacy, and to simplicity of life. Today the community is made up of over 100 brothers, both Catholics and men from various Protestant backgrounds. They come from over twenty-five nations. At the heart of daily life in Taize are three times of prayer. The pattern of song, scripture, inspirational reading, silence and prayer is now practiced all over the world.
Taize worship can be experienced on the first Wednesday evening of every month at 7:00 pm at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Fullerton. It is a lovely service done by candlelight. The chants are accompanied by piano and acoustic guitar, and are easily learned. It is a meditative service, with readings both from scripture and from other spiritual writings. Each month a theme is chosen as a focus of these readings. The public is always welcome. If you are longing for just a little peace in your life, an opportunity to get away from the constant bustle and noise of our busy, electronic world, you are invited to come and experience this beautiful, ecumenical form of worship.