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Taize Worship

St Albans and Welwyn Circuit

There will be a Circuit Taizé Worship service on 1st February 2015 which will be led by Rev.Nina Johnson.

The service will be at Ludwick Way Methodist Church starting at 6:30pm.

All are welcome to join us for this time of contemplative worship together as God's people in this Circuit.

For more detail of what Taizé Worship is please see the article below.

St Albans Abbey

There will also be a Taizé Service on Sunday 22nd February 2015 at St Albans Abbey starting at 6:30pm.

This will be a service of Taize chants with time for reflection and Prayer, held in candlelight.

What is "Taizé worship?"

The distinguishing features of taize style worship are repetition and silence both of which are embedded in liturgy.

Repetition is not a new approach to worship and prayer nor is it unique to Taizé. The use of repetitive prayers is a long used style of worship in the history of Christian spirituality and liturgy.

In Taizé style worship the repetitive form is adapted to the use of simple music and core biblical texts which can be sung by the whole congregation.

This is done in a free form way where the duration of songs during prayer is not timed nor the number of repetitions pre-defined. Those present immerse themselves in the simple harmonies and are carried by this sung prayer.

Silence is also an important aspect of this particular prayer practice. In the middle of the prayer longer periods of silence are included (rather than a sermon or meditation). Maintaining this silence is not a technique or method enabling some special communication with God. It is simply holding oneself in a presence and letting Christ, through the Holy Spirit, pray in us.

There are not many short silences in a Taizé prayer rather the prayer moves along according to a certain rhythm through song, psalm and reading leading up to a longer silence which then culminates in intercessory prayer and more song.

The prayer of Taizé adds beautiful results to any prayer form. The simple, repetitive songs and an ample silence are means for those gathered, "with a common voice - to proclaim and respond to the Word of God."