Taizé

Central Christian Church participates in a city-wide rotation of Taizé prayer services.  Each week of the month, services are held in different churches at 5:00 p.m.  Central hosts Taizé on the first Sunday of every month in the sanctuary. We invite willing participants to play an instrument, read scripture or sing.  Click here to volunteer.

 Taizé prayer services are offered in Indianapolis on Sundays by the following churches at 5:00 pm.:

  1stSundays      Central Christian Church , Disciples of Christ (701 N. Delaware)
  2nd Sundays     
Trinity Episcopal Church (3243 N. Meridian)
  3rd Sundays       St. Luke’s United Methodist Church (100 W. 86th Street)
  4th Sundays       North United Methodist Church (3808 North Meridian)

Mid Week services with UIndy and University Heights UMC (4002 Otterbein Ave.)on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month.

For moreinformation about Taizé in the Indianapolis Area, join the Facebook group    “Taizé in Indianapolis

 Mark your calendars for the All-City Taizé Service

Friday, September 227:00 p.m. in Sweeney Chapel at Christian Theological Seminary (1000 West 42nd Street)

  What is “Taizé?”

Taizé is an ecumenical monastery community in France that was founded in the 1940’s during World War II as a place for worship, prayer, and community for all Christian denominations, and as a place of refuge for those fleeing the Nazi regime.  The community strives for communion among all Christians, and of all humanity.  People of all languages and denominations make pilgrimages to Taizé for prayer retreats.  

The Music

The goal of Taizé music is directed toward prayer.  The music of Taizé grew out of a need to provide meaningful and prayerful music accessible to all visitors of the community. Repetitive songs with the use of different languages and simple elements of musical quality combine to promote the inner unity of the person and genuine prayerful expression.  The repetitive structures of short musical phrases with singable melodic units make Taizé musically accessible to all people, while the use of different languages, including Latin, helps equalize the language barriers for all involved.

 The Silence

Taizé services usually include a long period of silence.  (Here around 10 minutes)  The words of Brother Roger, Taizé’s founder, sum up the importance of silence in prayer. “Although God never stops trying to communicate with us, God never wants to impose anything.  Often, God’s voice is heard in a whisper, in a breath of silence.  Remaining in silence in God’s presence, open to the Holy Spirit, is already prayer… If, with a childlike trust we let Christ pray silently within us, then one day we shall discover that the depths of our being are inhabited by a Holy Presence.”

 

For more information about Taizé and its ecumenical community, events and brothers, click here.