Taizé Services

What is Taizé?

The Taizé (teh-zay) community near Cluny, France was founded during World War II by Brother Roger and now is overseen by brothers from many countries worldwide. Since the 1960s thousands of young and not-so-young have gone to Taizé to explore the sources of faith and look for ways of bringing together inner life and human solidarity.

What is a Taizé service?

A Taizé service consists of singing — simple one or two-line chants. A typical service might include chants in English as well as Latin, French, Spanish, and German. The music is intended as prayer, so a chant is sung over and over again in a contemplative style. The service usually includes a psalm reading, a gospel reading, a period of silence, prayers of intercession, and ends with prayer around an icon of Christ on the cross. Participants who wish to, come forward to kneel and touch, kiss or pray at the icon.

Taizé Services- Victoria and surrounding regions, BC Canada

Please phone or email “Contact” to confirm dates and times. More meditation and contemplative meetings are listed on the Contemplative Prayer Groups page.


Victoria Downtown Taizé Services (various churches)
Third Friday of most months, 6:00 pm
See Groups Calendar for location details.
Phone (Janet): 250-478-5066
Email: thegrays@shaw.ca


Victoria – University of Victoria
Last Wednesday of the month, 5:00 pm (March 29, April 26; NO February or May gatherings)
Interfaith Chapel
3800 Finnerty Rd
Web: http://www.uvic.ca/multifaith/events/practicing/taize/index.php
Phone (Henri Lock): 250-472-4159
Email: hlock@uvic.ca


Victoria – St. Philip Church
Evenings of Palm Sunday and New Year’s Eve
2928 Eastdowne Rd
Web: http://stphilipvictoria.ca
Phone: 250-592-6823
Email: office@stphilipvictoria.ca


Victoria – St. Joseph’s Friary 
Most months. All are welcome.
1076 Joan Cres
Phone: 250-595-7733


Victoria – Emmaus Community Chapel
Second Friday of the month, 8:00 pm
1702 Belmont Ave
Web: http://emmauscommunity.ca/emmaus-community-calendar
Phone: 778-746-7363 or 250-208-7296
Email: info@emmauscommunity.ca


Duncan Taizé
First Sunday of the month, 7:00 pm
Duncan United Church
246 Ingram St
Web: http://duncanunited.org/calendar
Phone: 250-746-6043


Comox Taizé
Fourth Saturday of the month (except December), 5:00 pm
Comox United Church
250 Beach Dr
Web: http://www.comoxunitedchurch.com/events/calendar
Phone: 250-339-3966


Sechelt Taizé
Third Sunday of the month, 7:00 pm
St. Hilda’s By the Sea
5838 Barnacle St
Web: http://www.sthilda.ca/events/crmc-contemplative-reading-meditation-and-chant
Phone (Stephanie): 604-885-5019
Email: admin@sthilda.ca
Phone (Nancy Denham): 604-885-7373
Email: ndenham@dccnet.com


North Vancouver Taizé
Various dates and times – check website
St. Andrew’s United Church
1044 St. George’s Ave
Web: http://st-andrews-united.ca/event/taize-contemplative-worship/all
Phone: 604-885-7373
Email: office@st-andrews-united.ca