Taizé service 4 February

4pm Sunday 7 February 2016

Taizé worship originated in a community founded in 1940 by a monk called Brother Roger in the village of Taizé in southern Burgundy. His home became a sanctuary for countless war refugees seeking shelter until the Gestapo took over his house in 1942.

He returned after the liberation of France in autumn 1944 to establish what became a worldwide ecumenical Christian movement, with brothers joining from Reformed, Anglican and Catholic denominations to commit themselves to a life following Christ  ‘in simplicity, celibacy and community’. It is now one of the world’s most important sites of Christian pilgrimage, over 100,000 young people from around the world making a pilgrimage to Taizé each year.

The mode of worship is based on simple repetitive chants interspersed with periods of prayer and silence to allow for contemplation. The music, primarily composed by Jacques Berthier, is written in four part harmonies often with instrumental variations playing over the basic melodies producing a most moving spiritual effect.

We welcome you to our first attempt at Taizé worship at St Oswald’sThe service will be led by a group of musicians and singers from the church.

Please join in the chants when you can. We hope you will find it a peaceful and uplifting experience.

Welcome/Opening Silence

Opening song: Laudate dominum Let us praise the Lord

Congregation led by singers

Chant: Laudate dominum, Laudate dominum. Omnes, gentes, Alleluia

(Translation: Sing praise and bless the Lord, peoples, nations, Alleluia)

Lighting of candles

Reading from Psalm 118 1-8

Song: Confitemini domino Give thanks to the Lord for he is good. Based on Psalm 118, led by Music Group and Singers

Chant: Confitemini Domino, Quoniam bonus. Confitemini Domino, Alleluia.

Bible Readings: Exodus 3, 1-6; John 12, 27-36a


Peruvian Gloria

Cantor: Glory to God, Glory to God, Glory in the highest

All: Glory to God, Glory to God, Glory in the highest

Cantor: To him be glory for ever.

All: To him be glory for ever.

Cantor: Alleluia amen

All: Alleluia amen, Alleluia amen, Alleluia amen.

Intercessions (Sue Whitehurst)

Song: O Lord hear my prayer, as a response to each prayer. Singers plus congregation

Chant: O Lord, hear my prayer, O Lord, hear my prayer. When I call answer me. O Lord hear my prayer, O Lord hear my prayer. Come and listen to me.

The Lord’s Prayer


Closing Song Bless the Lord my soul Led by Music Group and Singers.

Chant: Bless the Lord my soul, and bless God’s Holy name. Bless the lord, my soul who leads me into life.

A prayer from Brother Roger, founder of the Taizé Community

Jesus, peace of our hearts, in our nights as in our days, in the hours of darkness as in the bright light, you knock on our door and await our response.

The Grace


Everyone is invited to tea and cake!

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