Taize: A quiet moment with God

The Rev. Brian Bodt describes Taize worship (pronounced TAY-zay) as a quiet moment with God in the midst of a busy week.

Mary Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church welcomes all to Taize worship each Wednesday at noon beginning Feb. 10 and running through March 23. The worship is typically 30 to 45 minutes and characterized by distinctive music, silent prayer, the reading of scripture and a brief reflection on one of the scriptures.

The worship is in the sanctuary of the church, located on the Milford Green at 168 South Broad Street.

Feb. 10 is Ash Wednesday, so this day the worship will include Holy Communion and the Imposition of Ashes. All other services will be without these rituals.

For those unable to attend a mid-day service, there will also be a Taize worship on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 8:30 p.m.

The Taize Community was founded by Brother Roger in 1940 in the small French community of the same name. It began in the midst of a Europe under Nazi occupation and devastated by war, Rev. Bodt explained.

“Brother Roger envisioned an ecumenical community of brothers committed to a life lived according to the Scriptures,” Rev. Bodt said. “As the vision evolved, it became a community committed to a life following Christ in simplicity, celibacy and service, especially to poor people.”

Small “fraternities,” cells from the original French community, have lived in Calcutta, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Algeria, Brazil, Kenya, Senegal and Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan.

In August, 2005, Brother Roger (aged 90) was killed in a knife attack by an emotionally  ill woman.

“At his funeral his ecumenical dream was fulfilled with the service led by world leaders in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Reformed and Orthodox traditions of Christianity,” Rev. Bodt said. “About 10,000 people attended his funeral.”

People need not belong to Mary Taylor Church or any church to attend its worship.