Taizé Mass - Sundays at 9:00 AM
Beginning on September 10 at 9:00Am, Trinity†St. Peter's will offer a Taizé style Mass. Simple chants, moments of silence, the the Eucharistic Mystery will offer a peaceful and transcendent way to celebrate your Sunday morning.
Today, the Taizé Community in France is made up of over a hundred brothers, Catholics and from various Protestant backgrounds, coming from around thirty nations. By its very existence, the community is a “parable of community” that wants its life to be a sign of reconciliation between divided Christians and between separated peoples.
Michelle Hilferty is now our new Song Leader. Michelle is a Bay Area native and discovered her passion for singing before she could even talk. She would say music was her first real language. After her debut performance at four years old, Michelle spent her childhood singing at her local church and went on to study the voice and acting into adulthood. Michelle believes in the peaceful joy we can find in ourselves, one another, and more importantly, in our personal relationship with God. As a dedicated actor and singer, she continues to explore her love of the arts and her commitment to spirituality. She is so excited and beyond grateful to share this enlightening Taize experience with all of you!
This Week's Reading
The Body of Christ, by Henri Nouwen
Being in California is exciting as week as disturbing to me. It is very hard for me to describe the emotions this world calls forth in me. The pleasant climate, the lush gardens, the splendid trees and flowerbeds, the beautiful views over the bay, the city, the island, and the bridges call forth in me words of praise, gratitude, and joy. But the countless car lots, the intense traffic, the huge advertisements, the new buildings going up all over the place, the smog, the noises, the fastness of living—all of this makes me feel unconnected, lonely, and a little lost.
Maybe the word that summarizes it all is “sensual.” All my senses are being stimulated, but with very little grounding, very little history, very little spirit. I keep wondering how my heart can be fed in this world. It seems as if everyone is moving quickly to meet some person or go to some place or some event. But nobody has much of a home. The houses look very temporary. They will probably last a few decades, maybe a century, but then something else will take their place.
The people we meet are very friendly, easygoing, casual and entertaining, but I keep wondering how to be with them, how to speak with them, how to pray with them. Everything is very open, expressive, and new, but I find myself looking for space that is hidden, silent, and old. This is a land to which people go in order to be free from tradition, constraints, and an oppressive history. But the price for this freedom is high: individualism, competition, rootlessness, and frequent loneliness and a sense of being lost. When anything goes, everything is allowed, everything is worth a try, then nothing is sacred, nothing venerable, nothing worth much respect. Being young, daring, original, and mobile seems to be the ideal. Old things need to be replaced by new things, and old people are to be pitied.
The body is central. The sun, the beaches, the water, and the lushness of nature open up all the senses. But it is hard to experience the body as the temple of the spirit. That requires a very special discipline. To reach that inner sanctum where God’s voice can be heard and obeyed is not easy if you are always called outward. It is not surprising that California has become a place where many spiritual disciplines are being discovered, studied, and practiced. There are many meditation centers—Buddhist, Christian, and non-religious. More and more people feel a need to discover an inner anchor to keep themselves whole in the midst of the sensual world.
So here I am, somewhat overwhelmed by it all and somewhat confused. How am I to be faithful to Jesus in a world in which having a body is celebrated in so many ways? Jesus is the God who became flesh with us so that we could live with his Spirit. How do I live out this truth in this sun-covered, sensual, non-traditional place? (San Francisco, May 28, 1986)
Taizé at T†SP - Wednesdays at 7:30 PM
The Taizé Community, located in the village of Taizé, Burgundy, France, was birthed in 1940 and has become an internationally recognized ecumenical monastic brotherhood that receives 100,000 visitors per year. The Taizé service is a form of contemplative worship that incorporates music, mystical practices and interspiritual beliefs.
As explained in a brief introduction printed in the Taizé songbook, "Short chants, repeated again and again, give it a meditative character," "Using just a few words, [the chants] express a basic reality of faith, quickly grasped by the mind. As the words are sung over many times, this reality gradually penetrates the whole being."
Now in it’s seventeenth year, Trinity†St. Peter’s Taizé Service has become a community treasure. Sensitively accompanied on the piano by our Director of Music, Robert Gurney, soprano Sandy Kameron infuses the sacred candlelit space with haunting and prayerful Taizé melodies, beautiful yet powerful in their simplicity.
To inspire reﬂection during this intimate one-hour oasis of calm at midweek, readings are offered from carefully selected sacred and secular writings. Following a time for silent meditation, there is an invitation to light candles as prayer. Do you prefer ‘Taizen’? We invite you to bring your favorite zafu pillow for the ﬂoor.
Visit and experience it for yourself.