Weekly Taizé Service
East Liberty Presbyterian Church offers evening prayers with chants from Taizé every Wednesday at 7:00 pm in the chapel (see our calendar for schedule changes around the holidays). The hour-long service includes sung prayers, simple, beautiful music, a time of silence, spoken and silent prayers, and opportunity for individual prayer and anointing. You can hear examples of songs on the Taizé community’s website. Childcare is usually available during the Taizé service; please call ahead to confirm.
The Rev. Mary Lynn Callahan is ELPC’s Pastor for Taizé Ministries and Worship Leader. Our Taizé service is based on a style of worship developed at the Taize community in France founded in the 1940s by the late Brother Roger. Originally a refuge during the war, Taize has developed into an ecumenical prayer center for visitors from all over the world. Today the Taize Community is made up of over a hundred resident brothers, both Catholics and from various Protestant backgrounds/traditions. Taize wants to be a sign of reconciliation between divided Christians and between separated peoples. Our service was recently covered in this great Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article. View a short video about Taize below.
In following you, O Christ, we choose to love and not to harden our hearts, even when the incomprehensible happens. As we remain in your presence with perseverance, day after day, and pray with simplicity of heart, you come and make us into people who are a leaven of confident trust by the way we live. And all that your Gospel calls us to, all that you ask of us, you give.
Brother Roger of Taizé