The Hidden Brook

Hidden Brook is a contemplative service of prayer, chant, candlelight, silence, poetry, and music. Hidden Brook will be on vacation for the month of August.

Words About Silence:


 Silence again. The glorious symphony
Hath need of pause and interval of peace.
Some subtle signal bids all sweet sounds cease,
Save hum of insects’ aimless industry.
Pathetic summer seeks by blazonry
Of color to conceal her swift decrease.
Weak subterfuge! Each mocking day doth fleece
A blossom, and lay bare her poverty.
Poor middle-agèd summer! Vain this show!
Whole fields of golden-rod cannot offset
One meadow with a single violet;
And well the singing thrush and lily know,
Spite of all artifice which her regret
Can deck in splendid guise, their time to go!

--- Helen Hunt Jackson

Church of the Good Shepherd

9 Russell Avenue

Watertown, MA 02472

More information:  617-924-9420


Thursday at 7 PM

A quiet time of candlelight, music, and silence

Our name "The Hidden Brook" resonates on several levels, both historic and spiritual. Literally, it describes the underground stream that runs down Russell Avenue and irrigated the celery farms that were on this land before the church was built. It was also the name of Good Shepherd's first nursery school. And now, for CGS's Thursday night community in the 21st century, it evokes the spiritual hidden brooks in all our lives -- sources of peace and refreshment that we can touch more deeply by spending time on our inner journeys -- individually, yet still together.


Hidden Brook services include not only Taizé-style services but also occasionally the more traditional Compline and Evening Prayer formats. Some services include longer meditation times or an emphasis on healing. We occasionally hold a service that defies categorization -- "freestyle" liturgy!


What is TAIZÉ?

Taizé services are characterized by quiet and candlelight, the repetition of melodious chants sung many times in many languages, a period of silence, 
and contemplative prayer. Let the songs sing themselves in you. Once you catch the tune, let yourself find the words -- in your heart or as you listen to your brothers and  sisters as they sing. Let your spirit move along  the path provided by rhythmic repetition, deeper and deeper into the stillness  and beauty of God's presence.

The song is prayer, 
the silence is prayer, 
each of us is prayer and
together we are prayer.

Embrace the silence.

It is the sacred space of our encounter with the
Three In One, the environment of grace and love.
Let the flickering candlelight hold you there. 
Let the open stillness of the church enfold you
into the wideness of God's mercy.
     (Adapted from the taize website)



Light a candle,
hold an object from the altar, 
or move to any part of the church you prefer.