The year 2015 in Taize

From 1940 to 2015…

In August 1940, at the beginning of the Second World War, Brother Roger arrived in the village of Taizé. He had just turned 25, and was laying the foundations of a community which he hoped would be as a parable of communion, a ferment of reconciliation in the human family:

“I think that, ever since I was young, the intuition that a life of community could be a sign that God is love, and love alone, has never left me. Little by little the conviction arose in me that it was essential to create a community with men who had decided to give their entire lives, and who would try to understand one another and to be reconciled, a community where heartfelt kindness and simplicity would be at the center of everything.”

Brother Roger

Today, the Taizé Community is made up of about 100 brothers, Catholics and from different Protestant backgrounds, from close to thirty countries.

Brother Roger died on 16 August 2005, at the age of 90; he was killed by a deranged person during evening prayer.

Throughout the year 2015, the community is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its foundation and it invites everyone to remember its founder, 100 years after his birth and ten years after his death.

To prepare for 2015, Brother Alois, Brother Roger’s successor as prior of the community, proposed a three-year time of searching to renew, in the light of the Gospel, our commitment to human solidarity.

Download a flyer with information about the year 2015 in Taizé

 


Gathering for a New Solidarity

From 9-16 August 2015

The climax of the 2015 celebrations, this week will also be the culmination of three years dedicated to searching for a “new solidarity”.

Young adults between 18 and 35 years are invited to come to Taizé especially that week.

Arrival: Sunday  9 August between 2pm and 6pm. Some people plan to make a pilgrimage on foot from Cluny or Cormatin. 
Departure: Sunday 16 August after 7pm.

Bible reflections and workshops with speakers from different Churches and different continents. Friday: prayer around the Cross. Saturday evening: outdoor celebration of the light of the Resurrection.

During the week from 9 to 16 August, particular attention will be given to people in situations of precariousness in different parts of the world. A solidarity fund will permit people of all social conditions to spend the week together in Taizé.

For more details see Information and Program.

 


 

16 August 2015 – Prayer of thanksgiving in memory of Brother Roger

Sunday at 4pm

Prayer open to all, in presence of Church leaders, representatives of other religions and young people from every continent.

To take part in this prayer, we invite the young people:
- who are spending the week of 9-16 August in Taizé to remain until Sunday 7pm;
- who are spending the week of 16-23 August in Taizé to arrive on Sunday morning.

For practical information: info2015@taize.fr.


International Meetings in Taize

As every year, week-long international meetings will take place on the hill of Taizé in 2015, from one Sunday to the next.

Each day, three times of prayer with the community. Bible reflection followed by small-group sharing or a time of silence. Workshops to deepen the relationship between faith and different aspects of life in society.

Dates:
For the dates concerning different age-groups, see the page Dates 2015.

Throughout the year 2015 there will be special exhibitions, workshops and events.

For other practical information: info2015@taize.fr.

 


 

 

Be a Volunteer

Be a Volunteer at Taizé in 2015

In 2015, in addition to the volunteers who spend several months at Taizé for an experience of prayer, service and community life, the brothers invite young adults between 18 and 29:

- to help out in Taizé from 2 to 23 August;
- to live elsewhere for a few weeks in small provisional communities (see Small Provisional Communities).

This invitation is for all, but especially for those who have been to Taizé several times and those who have already been volunteers with the community. For more information contact:info2015@taize.fr.

To come to Taizé as a volunteer for a longer period, you can find more information at: Volunteering in Taizé.

Visit from the Taize Community

The two Brothers of the Taize Community are visiting the Philippines. Their visit is part of their continuing commitment to the pilgrimage of trust on earth.

The Brothers will be in the Philippines on 07-26 October 2014, and will come to visit many dioceses, parishes and other communities for prayer, recollection or encounter with young people.

The following are their schedule of visits:

07 October      
CBCP-ECY Office
Little Sisters of Jesus
 
09 October      
Diocese of Cabanatuan
De La Salle University
 
10 October      
Immaculate Conception, Diocese of Malolos
 
10-11 October
Chiro Youth Movement

11 October
Diocese of Alaminos
Holy Family Parish, Diocese of Pasig
 
12 October  
St. Augustine Parish, Archdiocese of Pampanga
 Jesus of Nazareth Parish, Diocese of Novaliches
 
13 October
CBCP Chapel
 
14 October
Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral Parish, Diocese of Imus
 
14-15 October
Prelature of Isabela
 
15 October
St. Pedro Poveda College
 
16 October
Sta Cruz Parish, Archdiocese of  Manila
 
18 October
NCYM2014, Diocese of Kalibo
 
19 October
Estancia, Archdiocese of Jaro
 
20-22 October
NCYM2014, Diocese of Kalibo
 
23 October
Ateneo de Manila Grade School
San Ildefonso Parish, Diocese of Kalookan
 
24 October
Mary Help of Christians School,  Pampanga
Rogationists Seminary, Diocese of  Paranaque
 
25 October 
Archdiocese of Cebu
CLCP National Convention
 
26 October 
St. John Bosco Parish, Makati
St. Benedict Parish, Diocese of Novaliches
Union Church, Makati

 

Singing our way to faith


Praying in the way of Taize during the Ignacian Marian Youth Jamboree

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The National Secretariat for Youth Apostolate (NSYA), together with former Taizé permanents and youth volunteers from the Dioceses of Kalookan and Novaliches animated a prayer in the way of Taizé among high school student leaders of various schools of the Religious of the Virgin Mary (RVM) last 01 March 2013.

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The Taizé prayer was one of the highlights of their overnight Ignacian Marian Youth Jamboree, with the theme: “Faith on Fire: Believe, Celebrate, Live!” The prayer helped participants to live the theme of the said gathering, becoming a moment to experience Jesus in a more personal way as He communicates to the hearts of the young by His Word, with the meaningful chants, in the prayer around the Cross, and through silence.

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As it is the first time for the majority to experience this way of prayer, it was noticeable that there were those who struggled keeping their focus. But many of these young people took the chance of being with the Lord in the moment of prayer around the cross. It was touching to see these young people patiently waiting for their turn to come near the cross and saying their silent prayers before Jesus. That particular moment revealed how young people of today are truly longing for God, who in truth also earnestly waits for them.

After the prayer there were other dynamic activities prepared by the organizers, but the Taizé prayer provided a space for the Ignacian Marian youth, their teachers and RVM sisters for renewing their friendship with Jesus through silence and songs. It has helped rekindled the fire of faith in them, hopefully to serve as beacons pointing to the Lord on this Year of Faith and beyond.

 

Photos taken by: Karl Michael Hila