Taizé, the world's most vivid religious community
An oasis of peace and understanding, an encounter of brothers and young people. Meditation by community singing and community silence... When brother Roger founded the Community of Taizé in 1940, he wanted it to be a place of trust and understanding between Christians and all other people. Nowadays more than one hundred brothers, from Roman Catholic and several Protestant backgrounds originating from 25 different countries live in Taizé on a permanent basis. For a large part of the year, especially from Easter to Pentecost as well as during the months of July and August young people from all parts of the world participate in the Taizé meetings. The meetings take place Sunday to Sunday. The daily prayers, are spoken three times a day, in between the group meetings and moments of reflection in silence. The saturday evening prayer is celebrated with candles, the light of resurrection. Up to 4,000 people contribute to the celebrations.
Everyone can join in. Morning 08.30 mass, Afternoon 12.30 service, Evening 20.30 service there is simple community singing.
Every service includes 10 minutes of silence. To support young people, the Community of Taizé guides a pilgrimage of trust all over the world. Young men and women are encouraged to become makers of peace and keepers of trust in their own city, local church, school or job.