Taizé Evening Prayer is celebrated one Sunday evening a month at St. Thomas (see church calendar). The worship tradition represented by this service began many years ago in the ecumenical French monastic community called Taizé. It is a quiet service of meditation, reflection, readings, and music. The experience finds its true meaning in the active participation of all assembled by focusing and deepening our faith through the power of prayer. We can worship God with all of our senses. Everyone is encouraged to participate as the Spirit moves them, whether that be in song, prayer, or quiet meditation. This quietness may not happen at once, but manifests gradually during the liturgy. There is repetition, many periods of silence, and the readings are shared more slowly—all so that we may have a deep quiet grow in our hearts. We may then be still and be at peace in the Presence of God.