Introducing: Taizé Prayer at Saint Mark’s

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UPDATED WITH VIDEO

TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 7 P.M., in the cathedral nave and livestreamed 

Experience a new worship offering at Saint Mark’s: Taizé Prayer, on Tuesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. in the nave, lasting approximately 45 minutes. Four members of the Saint Mark’s community have been collaborating for the last 6 months in planning this service, and are delighted to add Taizé Prayer to the cathedral's worship life. The service on April 5 will be a one-time offering, so if you are interested in Taizé Prayer, please consider joining us in person or via live-stream to show your support. (We will discern whether to have future Taizé Prayer services based on the interest for this initial service on April 5.)

What exactly is Taizé Prayer? It is named after small village in eastern France which, for over 50 years, has been the home of an ecumenical Christian monastic community. Members of the Taizé community belong to several different Christian denominations. Catholics, Anglicans, Protestants, Orthodox and others live and pray together, share a simple life and welcome thousands of visitors who come to spend time with them every year from all over the world.

Taizé Prayer services have a strong meditative quality and are comprised of silence and song, candlelight and stillness, prayer and contemplation. The singing at Saint Mark’s service will be led by four members of the Evensong Choir, and all are invited to join in as you feel moved. We invite all who attend this service, either online or in person, to stop, pray with song and silence, and listen to the “still, small voice” within. The mind calms and the soul opens up. God speaks and the heart hears.

If you have any questions, please contact Cathedral Sacristan Michael Seewer (mseewer@saintmarks.org).


UPDATE: A complete video is available below. The service leaflet may be seen here.

The service was extremely well-received, and the text Taizé services will be offered on:

  • Tuesday, June 7, 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 6, 7 p.m. (Note change from earlier announcement)
  • Tuesday, November 8, 7 p.m.

3 Responses

  1. Hisako Beasley
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    I am thankful and excited about the introduction of Taizè warship at St. Mark’s.

    I hope and pray that this will continue as a new tradition at St. Mark’s particularly among youth and young adults.

    Thank you,
    Hisako

    • Michael Seewer
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      Thank you for sharing, Hisako! We are excited too!

  2. Libby Kelleher Carr
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    I have loved Taize for many years and am very grateful to now find it at St Mark’s. Many thanks to all involved in bringing this meditation experience to our community.

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