At this Sunday’s evening service, Jon Wheeler will be teaching us some Taizé musical selections. This music comes from the Taizé Community, an ecumenical monastic order in France that was founded in 1940. A model of unity and reconciliation, the community includes Catholic, Anglican, and Reformed Christian members. Every year, over 100,000 young adults from around the world visit Taizé for retreats, pilgrimages, and conferences.
Taizé music reflects the community’s values of unity, peace, and reconciliation. The songs use a variety of languages and borrow musical forms from many Christian traditions. Taizé songs are easy to learn, and usually center on the repetition of a short passage from scripture. I find Taizé music to be a great doorway to prayer. The music sweeps you off your feet and draws you into an appreciation of Christ’s presence.
By bringing together people of many traditions, languages, and cultures, Taizé music inspires us to recognize both the blessings of our different traditions and the power of what we hold in common.