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St. James Mission Statement:
We at St. James Parish believe that we are Christ's own, and that our reason for existence is to follow his commandments to love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves.
​203 E. Glendale St. 
  P.O. Box 1374  
Dillon, MT 59725  
406-683-2735  (Cell) 406-925-3290  
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The Story of Taize 
Taizé began in a small French village during World War II, when a Swiss theologian, Brother Roger, established a community dedicated to peace, prayer and reconciliation in the world. His constant question was "Who is the most needy amongst us?" This led him to risk his life leading Jews, Gypsies, and others to safety during the years of Nazi occupation.
After the war, it led him to meet weekly with a group of German prisoners, whom he fed and ministered to. He found that the most effective way to pray together, given their theological differences and the language barrier, was to simply sit in silence together and share songs of simple tunes with Latin words. He is quoted as often saying "Words can so often divide us, but in the simplicity of song and silence we find that we can meet in trust at the heart".
The brotherhood he established was ecumenical; that is, all denominations of Christians were included. Brother Roger was Protestant, but Catholic and Orthodox brothers were welcomed to seek a life together of simplicity and service. The fraternity brought aid to the poor in rural and urban areas throughout Europe as well as holding worship services built on their earlier model with German prisoners.
Within a few years, thousands of pilgrims from every continent were flocking to Taizé to experience the beauty of this sung worship. The music emphasizes simple phrases (usually lines from Psalms or other pieces of Scripture) repeated until they work their way into the rhythms of the heart, a form of "praying without ceasing".
In many places across the world, ecumenical prayers using music from Taizé are organized by people, young and old, who have been in touch with the community. The community's website provides reflections, prayers, and songs for use in local prayers. Click here for Taizé
Taizé services are offered at St. James on the last Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm - to give seekers of spirituality a comfortable place to worship no matter what their creed or dogma, to bring a variety of people together in loving contemplation, and to enrich the lives of those who attend through beauty.

​ St. John’s Episcopal Church, Petaluma, CA; The Very Rev. Daniel Currie Green Rector. Used with permission.