Taizé landsTaizé

This is a service based on the style of worship of the ecumenical monastic community of brothers at Taizé in Burgundy, France. It is a service of the Word.

It is distinctive for the style of music which is integral to the worship: simple, repetitive chants, usually accompanied by instruments. The chants, slowly repeated, provide a focus for the mind while the spirit can go deeper into prayer.

The service takes place in the South Aisle gathered around the ‘Taizé Cross’. There is a scripture reading, a short address and times of silence and prayer, 40-45 min.

Choral EvensongChoral Evensong

Sung evening prayers and calming music

On third Sundays Choral Evensong is offered according to the order for Evening Prayer of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer (slightly adapted). 

The choir sings most of the service with the congregation joining in with a couple of hymns. The choir also sings a more complicated anthem and the organist plays a delightful postlude to conclude the service. The musical settings for the prayers and the anthem can be found on the music pages.

The service is designed to flow through with little interuption but your service sheet indicates when to stand or sit, and when you are invited to join in.  It lasts about 45 minutes.

Occasionally this service is preceded by an informal concert and teas. Please see  Events  or check the newsletter pages.  Occasionally the third Sunday service is a simple Evensong.