During Lent, at St George’s and St John’s we will be replacing the second hymn with a Taizé chant. We hope this will give these special services leading up to Easter a meditative feel. Our new hymn books have a number of chants at the back, many are very beautiful.
But what is Taizé? Taizé is an ecumenical community in France. Taizé worship consists of meditative singing and periods of silence in order to reach a contemplative state. They also practice silence with icons, candles, incense and prayer stations. They are attracting young people from around the world.
The brothers explain, “Short chants, repeated again and again, give it a meditative character. Using just a few words, the chants express a basic reality of faith, quickly grasped by the mind. As the words are sung over many times, this reality gradually penetrates the whole being.”