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The parish of

Kings Norton

Experience the peace of Christ

Taizé Prayer

Silence, simplicity, singing. An unhurried pace, time to reflect, ancient icons, dimmed lighting and candles. Brief Bible readings, no sermon, no announcements, no distractions; in fact, as few words as possible. These are the ingredients of a Taizé Prayer, an evening service with a difference, held at St Nicolas', usually on the evening of the 1st Sunday of the month.

“...an oasis of peace, a chance to stop and dwell with others on the presence of Christ. If wordy worship is not for you, if you enjoy stillness and simplicity, Taizé Prayer at St Nicolas' may well be what you are looking for.”

Taizé is a small village in eastern France and one of the wonders of the Christian world. Far better known in continental Europe than it is in Britain, for over 50 years, it has been the home of a Christian monastic community made up of over 100 brothers from around 30 countries, speaking many different languages and, uniquely, belonging to several different Christian denominations. Catholics, Anglicans, Protestants, Orthodox and others live and pray together, share a simple life and welcome the tens of thousands of visitors who come to spend time with them every year from all over the world.

Taizé Midday prayer in the Church of the Reconciliation, Taizé

The Community describes itself as a "parable of communion", living proof that it is possible for Christians from all denominations to overcome the divisions of the past, to live, work and worship together, united by their shared trust in Christ.

Taizé has developed a unique style of meditative singing which focuses on the repetitive chanting of short phrases from the Bible and other Christian texts in a range of languages. The three daily services also include short Bible readings and prolonged periods of silence. Learning to listen to God in the company of others is at the heart of prayer at Taizé.

It is almost impossible to recreate the unforgettable experience of a Taizé service outside the Community, but thousands of Christian churches, communities and families across the world do take inspiration from what they have found there. The songs, in particular, are widely used.

Taizé Prayers at St Nicolas' are loosely based on the pattern of worship used by the Taizé Community. A mixture of repetitive chants, scripture readings, spoken prayers and long silences, they provide an oasis of peace, a chance to stop and dwell with others on the presence of Christ. If wordy worship is not for you, if you enjoy stillness and simplicity, Taizé Prayer at St Nicolas' may well be what you are looking for.

Dates & Times

There will be Taizé Prayers at St Nicolas' Church at 6pm on the dates below.

  • Sun 6th Aug
  • Sun 3rd Sep
  • Sun 24th Sep

Past Services

Here you will find links to service sheets used at Taizé Prayer in Kings Norton. Recent copies are available in both Microsoft Word and PDF formats. Hover over a link in the list below to see the name of the Sunday in the liturgical calendar.

If you download our service sheets, perhaps for use in your church, we would love to hear from you.

Learn More

Taizé Chant

The Taizé Community's website offers recordings of individual chants and extracts from recent services (in a mixture of languages). Click here to listen.

Brother Roger

Brother Roger of Taizé, the founder of the Community, died in the church at Taizé on 16 August 2005 at the hands of a deranged visitor.

BrRoger

He was a remarkable man, whose influence on the worldwide church has been deep and lasting. Click here to learn more about him.

Letter for the Year

Every year, the Prior of Taizé publishes a letter to guide the thinking and discussion of the visitors who come to spend time in the Community. Download this year's letter, Towards a New Solidarity, in PDF format here.