A liturgy for lent in the style of Taize

A liturgy for lent in the style of Taize

One of the Lenten practices at the church where I serve as Director of Outreach & Communications is a mid-week Taize-style service. Nothing fancy: 30 minutes of prayer and choruses. I volunteered to lead this Wednesday’s service and used resources I purchased when I visited Taize as a college student in Wesley Club in 2000 as well as a couple of Maren Tirabassi’s worship resources, which I listed below.

For those who aren’t familiar with the Taize community, I think it can best be summed up in these words: love, communion, reconciliation.

The worship time follows these elements in about this order, with the understanding that this time of meditation has neither a beginning or end:


Scripture Reading


5-10 minutes of silence

Intercessions or Litany of Praise

Lord’s Prayer [Our Father…]

Concluding prayer


You’re welcome to download my liturgy for Wednesday here, and check out the resources I used below. Blessings on your journey.


Image: “Fire and Breath” by Jan Richardson. http://janrichardsonimages.com/details.php?gid=60&pid=63

Tirabassi, M. C., & Eddy, K. W. (2011). Gifts in open hands: More resources for the global community. Cleveland, Ohio: Pilgrim Press.

Tirabassi, M. C., & Tirabassi, M. I. (2007). Before the amen: Creative resources for worship. Cleveland: Pilgrim Press.

Taize resources
Songs: http://www.taize.fr/en_article10308.html

Preparing a time of prayer and singing: http://www.taize.fr/en_article337.html

Preparing a welcoming space: http://www.taize.fr/en_article339.html