This is a normal Mass. The mood is set by candlelight and quiet reflective Taizč chants.
In 1940 a young Swiss man named Roger settled in the tiny village of Taizé, France. There he offered shelter and hiding to political refugees. Particulary Jews. Brother Roger went on to form a monastic community in Taizé to live out a "parable of communion and love". He gathered around him a few men of different denominations. This was the beginning of a great ecumenical community. Today the Taizé Community is made up of over a hundred brothers from more than twentyfive nations. The community has become synonymous with the way of reconciliation, ecumenism and peace. At the heart of prayer in Taizé is a simple, meditative music which penetrates the soul.
St. Judes Taizé group was
initially set up in early 1988 by Sr. Imelda James (Order of Marie Reparatrice) for prayer around the cross and Taizé chants on the first Friday of every month in St. Jude the Apostle's church. In 1989 it was decided to try a Taizè Mass, which is the Mass celebrated in candlelight with Taizè chants in St. McDara's oratory on a Saturday night at 7:30pm. The first Taizè Mass was celebrated by Bishop Eamon Walsh. In January 1990 it was decided to transfer the Taizè Mass down to St. Jude the Apostle's Church for Mass on Sunday night at 7:30pm. celebrated then by Fr. Alan Hilliard. Since 1988 there have been many people joining and moving on in the Taizè group. The Taizè group seeks to evoke the spirit of Taizè in the services it organises in the parish and beyond. On 22nd January 2006 the Taizè group recorded a CD of Taizè Chants at Westland Studios Dublin 2 entitled " The Gift of Taizè".
Here in the Parish of St Jude the Apostle the Taizé mass is celebrated on the Last Sunday of the month from September to April, and each Sunday in Advent & Lent. The Mass is a normal Sunday Mass. The mood is set by candlelight & quite reflective music called Taizé chants which help to maintain a peaceful, prayerful atmosphere. Highlight of the year is the Taizè service on Holy Thursday night - "Watch and Pray" (11:00 - 12:00pm.) and the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday at 8pm.
If you are interested in joining the group or wish to help in any way please contact
Kay Gowran 087 2456440 or Angela Kennedy 087 7926877