Monday, April 25, 2011

Taize

On Maundy Thursday I attended a Taize-style service at my church. It was a beautiful contrast from the standard Sunday services, with meditative readings and singing, communion at the foot of the cross, and long periods of silence, all illuminated by flickering candles. Given the strong attendance and the emotional reception of the community, it makes me wonder why we don't do that sort of thing more than once a year.

Taize is a worshiping community in northeastern France (in Bourgogne for you wine drinkers out there) that draws thousands of young people from around the world each year to pray, sing, and discern. I've been threatening to take a retreat to Taize for some time. It offers the sort of contemplative spirituality that I find myself increasingly drawn to. I'm especially intrigued by their option to spend a week in silence.

Has anyone out there ever been to Taize? I would love to hear about your experiences. Have you ever spent an extended period in silence? What was it like?