While at Taizé we prayed three times a day before breakfast & lunch and after dinner. Prayer was what ordered our days and I loved that. The prayer service was mostly singing chants and songs, along with some scripture reading, a time of silence and eucharist in the morning. The church can be expanded to accommodate 5,000 people and we generally had to get to church 30 minutes early if we wanted to sit near the front or on the stairs. The brothers all sat in the center of the church. I loved the songs. Some moments were really powerful- like when we were singing "Bless the Lord my Soul" and taking communion. After that I was really hoping we'd sing that song again, but we never did. The church itself is really cool to be in, with stained glass and icons decorating the walls.
The other highlight of our visit to Taizé was wakling around the countryside. On Josh's first visit to Taizé he actually stayed two weeks; the first week was normal, but the second week he spent in silence. During his silence week he took long walks through farm country and to the tiny villages scattered throughout the countryside. We set aside two afternoons for really long walks. Each day we walked for about 5 hours, resting occasionally in small villages or on a conveniently placed bench. We passed through fields, saw lots of cows, made wildflower bouquets, sang, made grass art, talked and walked some more. On Josh's birthday walk we came across a goat farm where we stopped to buy cheese. That was the best goat cheese I've ever had! These walks were fun (exhausting by the end) and gave us time to talk and think.
A prayer from Taizé in Spanish:
Dios de consolació
aunque no sitiéramos nada te presencia
tú estás ahi.
Tu presencia es invisible
pero tu esperitu santo está siempre en nosotros.