What is Taizé

What is Taizé

25 November 2023 Off By Liz Hunter

Taizé, a commune in Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, in Eastern France, is an excellent place to enjoy good local beef, cheese and wine,  or visit the famous ruins of Cluny Abbey.

The monastic fraternity of Taizé, however,  is famous throughout the world as one of the most important sites of Christian pilgrimage, with a focus on youth.  The founder  Brother Roger Schütz, a Reformed Protestant,  began work there in 1940, sheltering Jewish refugees from the Nazis.   After the war he was joined by friends, and the community evolved into a parable for unity, responding to the fractures in Europe resulting from two world wars.   Over 100,000 young people from around the world make pilgrimages to Taizé each year for prayer, Bible study, sharing and communal work. Through the community’s ecumenical outlook, they are encouraged to live in the spirit of kindness, simplicity and reconciliation.  

A trip to Taizé includes bible study, as well as communal eating and chores.   There is also the chance to attend candlelit services in the community’s Church of Reconciliation and enjoy Taizé chants. 

The beautiful space of the Lady Chapel in St Michael’s and All Angels is enhanced by candlelight on Sunday evenings from 6.30 to 7pm.   Our Taizé service includes meditative chants, prayers and ten minutes of silence.  It’s a gentle way to ease yourself  from one week to the next.   Please join us if you can.   Contact: stevehunter182@gmail.com