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Taizé Mass - Sundays at 9:00 AM

Taizé Chant - Ubi Caritas. Trinity+St. Peter's Episcopal Church, San Francisco, CA. 2017.

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

  Matthew 5:1-12

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Taizé at TSP - 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."                                                        

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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.