Taizé Community

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The Communauté de Taizé [ tɛze ] (Community of Taizé) is an international men's ecumenical order in Taizé , about ten kilometers north of Cluny , Saône-et-Loire , France . The community is best known for its ecumenical youth meetings , which annually attract around 100,000 visitors of many nationalities and denominations . The meetings are held in Taizé and various other locations. Roger Schutz founded the community in 1942. Protection was the prior of the community until his murder in 2005 , now it is the German Catholic Frère Alois Löser . The "Chants from Taizé" are sung in many church services around the world.

Taizé Community
Midday prayer in the Church of Reconciliation in Taizé.jpg
Midday prayer in Taizé (2018)
Place: Taize , France
Prior: Brother Alois
Members: approx. 100 brothers from 25 nations
Founder: Brother Roger
Founding year: 1949


Brother Roger, the founder and long-time prior of the community
Old Romanesque village church with the grave of Brother Roger World icon

Roger Schutz, who came from Switzerland , came to Taizé on August 20, 1940 , which was near the demarcation line in the unoccupied part of France. The demarcation line ran between the north occupied by the Wehrmacht in June 1940 and the unoccupied part of France until November 11, 1942 (zone libre) . Schutz bought a house. He took in war refugees and Jews who were on the run. When the Wehrmacht occupied the zone libre , Schutz was in Switzerland, where he stayed until autumn 1944. After the liberation of France by the Western Allies, he returned to Taizé with three friends. They rented two more houses in which Roger's youngest sister, Geneviève Schutz Marsauche (1912-2007), looked after war orphans.

In the years after the Second World War , they often visited German prisoners of war in a nearby prison camp and, over time, were able to gain the confidence of the guards so much that they were allowed to invite prisoners to Sunday services in the small Romanesque village church of Ste-Marie-Madeleine .

In 1949 the brothers, the number of whom had continued to grow, decided to commit themselves once and for all to a simple celibate life together . On Easter Sunday, April 17, 1949, the first seven brothers, Roger Schutz , Max Thurian , Pierre Souvairan , Daniel de Montmollin , Robert Giscard , Axel Lochen and Albert Lacour made their vows . The first brothers were all evangelical Christians. They obtained permission from the local Catholic bishop to use the Romanesque village church. The bishop was appointed by the then papal nuncio and later Pope John XXIII. encouraged in this decision. After the first Catholic brothers had already lived in the community, a young Belgian doctor became the first Catholic to take his vows at Easter 1969. François Cardinal Marty , then Archbishop of Paris , gave his consent. Thus the Communauté de Taizé became "the first ecumenical fraternity in church history ".

From the beginning, Brother Roger - the evangelical son of a pastor - was very keen on an exchange with the Catholic Curia : The good contact with Karol Wojtyla , who later became Pope John Paul II, is exemplary . After an initial contact with Brother Roger at the Second Vatican Council , Wojtyla visited Taizé as Archbishop of Kraków in 1964 and 1968. After his election as Pope, John Paul II used a visit to France in 1986 to visit Taizé again. The Pope described Taizé as he greeted them in the Church of Reconciliation : “You come to Taizé like at the edge of a spring”. Every year Pope John Paul II received Brother Roger for a private audience . In this way, he continued the pope's bond with the Taizé community, which his predecessor John XXIII. by greeting: “Oh, Taizé, this little spring!”.

In 2018 there were about 100 brothers in the community. The brothers are “Catholics or members of various Protestant churches. They come from over twenty-five countries. By its very existence, the communauté is a concrete sign of reconciliation between divided Christians and separated peoples. "

History of youth meetings

In the 1960s, young people increasingly accepted the invitation to visit the order. The brothers offered the young people an opportunity to exchange ideas on biblical and spiritual topics in international groups. Simple accommodation and meals were provided for a small fee. The brothers received support from religious sisters of the Community of Saint-André.

Due to the large number of visitors, the Romanesque village church was often overcrowded. In 1961 the community began building the Reconciliation Church on the outskirts of the village . The construction was supported by a building order and German volunteers from Aktion Sühnezeichen . Since then, more and more young people have come to Taizé, and in 1966 the first youth meeting took place with 1400 participants from 30 countries.

Church of Reconciliation from the outside (south side), the older part on the right, the extensions in the middle and on the left

In 1970, Brother Roger announced a council of youth , the general assembly of which took place in 1974 and the opening of which was attended by 40,000 young people between August 30 and September 1. The council was convened for four years and was temporarily suspended in 1979. In December 1982 Brother Roger announced a " pilgrimage of trust on earth " during a visit to Beirut .

Assassination attempt on Roger Schutz

On August 16, 2005, during the evening prayer in Taizé, Brother Roger was so badly injured with a knife by a mentally ill woman that he succumbed to his injuries a little later in the company of some brothers. According to the French police, it is a 36-year-old Romanian. Brother Alois , who was in Cologne during the 2005 World Youth Day , immediately returned to Taizé and took over the duties of prior on August 17th.

Sources of Taizé

Order rules

The brothers of the community live according to the rules written by Brother Roger . They go back to 1941, one year after Brother Rogers arrived in Taizé. The Taizé rule was not written until the winter of 1952/1953, twelve years after the order was founded. Frère Roger put his life experiences and the experiences of the young community into words as “the essentials that make life together possible”. This first rule of Taizé experienced changes and adjustments in 1966, 1975 and 1980. The additions of 1966 were shaped by Roger's experiences as an observer of the Second Vatican Council. In 1980 the rule no longer appeared under the title The Rule of Taizé , but as the sources of Taizé . A few years earlier, Brother Roger stated that what was written down “has nothing of a rule in the actual sense, it wants to show a simple way of living a parable of the community”.

In 1990 the Taizé sources were extensively revised by Brother Roger. With final changes in 2001, Brother Roger gave the sources their final version.

The “spirit of the Beatitudes” shines through again and again in the “rules”: simplicity, joy and mercy. The simplicity in faith, the joy in the fellowship of people with Jesus and God, the mercy in human coexistence are also central components of the prayer and song texts.

In the Holy Year of Mercy , the icon of Mercy was the focus of introductions to the Bible


At the center of life in Taizé is the prayer that takes place three times a day (except on Sundays: Eucharistic celebration in the morning , 30 minute prayer for peace in silence, followed by evening prayer). The brothers sit in the center aisle on meditation stools or on the floor, the young people - only separated by a box hedge - on the floor in the rest of the church, which can be enlarged depending on the number of participants. The character of the prayer is kept simple: a short Bible reading in the languages ​​of the young people participating in the youth meetings, a short multilingual prayer by the prior. The chants take up a large part of the prayer (see below). The center of every prayer is the ten-minute silence. The prayer has a meditative character through the repeated chanting of the simple verses, the silence and the calm atmosphere.

In the morning and at noon, the prayer lasts about three quarters of an hour, followed by breakfast and lunch. In the evening there is an open ending: Although many of the brothers finish the prayer after a while and leave the church through the sacristy, other brothers remain seated and continue singing with the young people or offer the opportunity to talk in the back of the church. Catholic priests also accept the sacrament of confession , and Protestant pastors offer talks. Often some youngsters sing late into the night.

Brothers enter church for midday prayers
Side entrance to the church
At the entrance to the church
The chancel of the Taizé church

The prayer of the community has changed a lot over the years, it has become easier and easier. Brother Roger was always concerned that no one should be overwhelmed in prayer. He was convinced that z. For example, a long and complicated text obscures the love that the Holy Spirit offers us in prayer. In order to make prayer accessible to as many people as possible, the simple and meditative chants were created. Nothing “youth-friendly” should emerge; Taizé's chants do not correspond to a popular style of music, but rather continue a deeply monastic tradition. Their texts are largely taken from the Psalms and other scriptures; they are meditative repetitive chants. [...] Through song and silence, the youngsters discover a new heart, a heart without wrinkles, an unfolded heart. [...] An open and pure heart learns to allow decisions and intuitions to mature, to give life a direction, to recognize tricky situations and dead ends.


In the intercessions, the brothers take up the prayer requests of young people visiting Taizé. Prayer requests from Taizé fraternities around the world are also taken into account. Current global political issues (e.g. wars or terrorist attacks) are also reflected. A personal prayer request can also be filed online. Often the requests are also received during the Friday cross worship.

Opportunities for conversation and confession

After the evening prayer, when the majority of the brothers have left the Church but the chants are still being sung, there is an opportunity to speak with some of the brothers. For this they are spread out in the back of the church. Questions of faith and life can thus be discussed with the brothers. There is also the possibility of confession : Catholic priests who are guests in Taizé enable the sacrament of penance in different languages ​​- signs with the languages ​​make a choice possible. Occasionally, Protestant pastors or nuns also agree to speak with us.

Easter cycle in a Taizé week

Every week the visitors experience the cycle of Easter: on Friday the death of Jesus is remembered, at the end of the evening prayer there is symbolic prayer on and around the cross lying on the floor. On Saturday evening, Easter, the resurrection of Jesus Christ, is celebrated in the prayer of lights. During the service, a light is lit at the Easter candle, which is passed on from children visiting the community to the brothers and from there to the young people.

The Church of Reconciliation with the redesigned apse (summer 2018)


Sign in the church: Communion in Taizé
Brother Alois at his Thursday evening address - some brothers translate

In the entrance area of ​​the church, the following information about the Eucharist and the Lord's Supper is attached:

“On weekdays, at the end of morning prayer, brothers of the community give communion. It is given to the baptized, who trust that Christ is himself, who gives himself to us and whom we receive, and who long for the visible unity of all those who love Christ. Anyone who wants to receive communion but does not usually do so can speak to one of the brothers about it.
The blessed bread that young people offer in various parts of the Church is for everyone, for those who have already received communion, as well as for those who have not received it. It is a sign that Christ does not reject anyone, but welcomes everyone, just as he welcomed the many people in the desert and gave them bread.
The Eucharist, presided over by Catholic priests, is celebrated on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. in the Church of Reconciliation and on weekdays at 7.30 a.m. in point M (or in the crypt). In some weeks there are Protestant communion services or Orthodox Eucharistic celebrations in the Orthodox chapel or in the village church. "

This distinction between the various celebrations of the Eucharist and the offer of "blessed bread" especially for the unbaptized (according to the orthodox custom of the Antidoron ) is based on the different and mutually exclusive doctrines and practices of the Eucharist in the various denominations, which are the main obstacles to ecumenical unification belong. An interdenominational communion in the Lord's Supper is therefore only possible between churches that have expressly agreed to this. Out of consideration, no common Eucharistic celebrations are offered in Taizé. The Sunday eucharist in the Church of Reconciliation is always led by a Roman Catholic priest. However, the number of participants is regularly so large that a control over the denomination of communion recipients is neither possible nor sought. Catholic bishops or cardinals visiting Taizé celebrate knowing that many of the participants are non-Catholic.

Since the summer of 2017, the Eucharist has not been given in the morning prayer on Monday mornings in order to give the brothers the opportunity to explain the meaning of the Eucharistic meal during the introductions to the Bible. From Tuesday morning prayer visitors are invited to receive the transformed bread and transformed wine - in Taizé it is distributed under “both kinds”.

Address of the prior

Usually on a Thursday evening, the prior speaks to the visitors as part of the evening prayer. He goes z. B. on current world events, welcomes guests from distant countries and speaks with them about their experiences of faith or deals with an aspect of Brother Roger's life and thought. The address is mostly in French, the translation takes place in different parts of the church either over loudspeakers (for large groups like the Germans) or over headphones by brothers of the community.

Community of brothers

The brothers of the Taizé Community leaving after a service in the Church of Reconciliation

Today the community has almost 100 members from over 25 different countries. Well-known members were and are Denis Aubert (architect of the Church of Reconciliation ), Robert Giscard (founding member), Frère John (theologian), Daniel de Montmollin (founding member), Éric de Saussure (artist and designer of the stained glass windows in the Church of Reconciliation ), Pierre Souvairan (founding member ), Pierre-Yves Emery , An Seon Jae (professor of English language and literature) and Max Thurian (founding member and council observer at the Second Vatican Council). Currently there are about twelve brothers from the German-speaking area in the community.

Evangelical councils

In the early years, the brothers did not take vows. Over time, however, Brother Roger realized that a community would not work without the evangelical counsels : In 1949, the first seven brothers made a lifelong vow: community of property , celibacy and recognition of an authority (des prior).


The Taizé brothers' habit is a plain white. The sleeves are longer and the robe has a dome . There is no belt or cingulum with which the religious dress is tied, nor is there a tunic (undergarment). The brothers usually only wear the habit during the three prayers. Brother Roger and the current Prior Alois occasionally wear the habit at public appearances such as interviews.

Priors of the Community

Up to now there have been or are two priors in Taizé : The founder of the community, Brother Roger (from the foundation in 1949 until his murder in 2005) and his successor, Brother Alois Löser (from 2005). Brother Roger did not like the title “Prior”: “During a meeting of our Brotherhood Council, I reminded my brothers that I had always rejected the name Prior within the community. This term is intended for the outside world and denotes a ministry. For the community I am only the servant of the community ”. The prior makes important decisions in discussions with the fraternity, which meets annually and to which all friars belong.

Brother Alois

1st Prior: Brother Roger Schutz (1949-2005)

The Swiss is the founder of the ecumenical brotherhood Communauté de Taizé. In May 1940, Roger Schutz arrived in Taizé, where he settled in an abandoned house. In his house, refugees, especially Jews, found protection from the Gestapo , because Taizé was not far from the demarcation line to occupied France at the time. After the war he looked after German prisoners of war. Guided by the example of his grandmother, who had taken in refugees during the First World War and who tried to reconcile the Christians who were hostile through the war, he set himself the goal of making Taizé a place of prayer, peace and reconciliation between all people of the Christian faith close. He was stabbed to death by a mentally ill woman on August 16, 2005 during evening prayer in the Taizé Church of Reconciliation.

2nd prior: Brother Alois Löser (from 2005)

After Brother Rogers was murdered, the German Catholic Brother Alois succeeded him as Prior. Brother Roger had already appointed him as his future successor from 2005 eight years before his death, since according to the rules of the order, the appointment of the successor falls to the prior. Brother Alois had already represented Roger Schutz in many events in recent years and gained some fame, on the one hand through his numerous radio and television interviews, on the other hand through his musical activities. Many of the current Taizé songs are from his pen. Brother Alois also writes the “annual letters”, which serve as the basis for the small groups in Bible study. In 2016, 2017 and 2018 the leitmotifs of Frère Rogers' theology were at the center of the letters: mercy (appropriate to the year of mercy ), simplicity and joy (in faith).


The brothers do not only live in Taizé - some of them live in small fraternities among poor people on the different continents. B. in Senegal, Kenya, Korea, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cuba and France. They want to try to be a token of love among the poorest and “share their lives with street children, prisoners, the dying, with people who suffer from broken relationships and abandonment”. The first fraternity was established in 1952 in the miners' town of Montceau-les-Mines , about 40 kilometers from Taizé . Often these fraternities are only temporary.

"Small Provisional Communities"

Since the summer of 2014, young people have been living in so-called “small provisional communities”, which are also called fraternities in Taizé. In the host (church) congregations, the young people take part in the life of the local Christian congregations, visit lonely and needy people and organize small prayer or youth meetings. In addition, the “Small Provisional Communities” pray three times a day in the style of Taizé. Such small communities already existed in German-speaking countries. B. in Aschaffenburg, Berlin-Pankow, Düsseldorf-Gerresheim, Dresden-Cotta, Karlsruhe and Minden (all Germany), Bulle, Delémont and Oberrieden (all Switzerland) and Amstetten (Austria). Both female and male youth take part in these time-limited projects. The two to five young people also come from overseas, Africa and Asia. The “small provisional communities” can be understood as a further development of what was already planned at the “Council of Youth”: Young women and men should be sent out to look for signs of hope on site.


The Taizé brothers earn their living from the proceeds of their work. The pottery workshop and other artistic works such as the enamelled Taizé cross, which is available in different colors and sizes, are particularly well known . In addition, the brothers sell numerous books and recordings with the "Chants from Taizé". The brothers do not accept donations; Inheritances are passed on to the needy. On the different continents, the community supports people in difficulty, including needy or sick children. This so-called "Operation Hope" has supported z. B. refugees in Hungary and Jordan, the construction of an eye clinic in the Congo or helped the earthquake victims in Nepal. The Taizé community has been sending humanitarian aid to North Korea since 1998, mainly medical supplies and infant nutrition. In addition, she sometimes has to help young people who are unable to pay for their own travel and stay in Taizé or for the European youth meetings because they come from distant countries with an unfavorable economic situation.


The brothers initially supplied themselves with agriculture. A dairy cooperative emerged from this in 1954, to which over 1200 dairy farms belonged after a few years. In 1964 the communauté brought their land, animals and machines into an agricultural production community, which they founded together with five families. Today they practically no longer operate any agriculture, just looking after a few sheep and chickens for self-sufficiency in their own garden.


Brother Roger during a prayer

The community is a heavily visited fraternity. Many, including non-believers, come to Taizé repeatedly. The brothers convincingly stand for the basic principle formulated by Brother Roger : “Above all, we want to be people who listen to others. We are not teachers. ”With this principle, the community gains importance for the ecumenical movement. The community attaches importance to the fact that it does not represent “its own theology”: “There is no message from Taizé”.

The community does not want to be an independent movement. The brothers see their task in opening new horizons for church congregations and always encourage people to get involved in local congregations.

Taize cross

The Taizé Cross

The Taizé cross connects two Christian symbols: the cross and the dove. The cross commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus and the believers' hope of redemption. “The dove appeared as a symbol of peace in pre-biblical times. In the Christian context it is also a symbol of the Holy Spirit: God's Spirit brings people together in peace ”. The crosses are made by the brothers of the community and sold in the “Exposition”. They are available in two different sizes and in different colors, which are created by coating and baking with enamel . Many young people wear the pigeon-cross pendant even after their stay. B. Lena Meyer-Landrut winning the Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo 2010.

Youth meeting

Youth meeting in Taizé

Every week several thousand young people meet in Taizé, sometimes up to 6,000 young people during the summer months and at Easter, to take part in the international youth meetings there. Every participant in the meetings is invited to find a meaning for their own life in the Christian faith and to prepare themselves to take on responsibility at home. Registration is now possible online. The young people often travel in groups from parishes, schools or other institutions, but there are also individual travelers.

Stay at the youth meeting in Taizé

Typical daily routine
08:15 Morning prayer with communion or blessed bread
subsequently breakfast
10:00 Bible introduction in large groups
subsequently Small group discussions
12:20 Noon prayer
subsequently Having lunch
14:00 various works, choir rehearsals or conversations
17:00 tea
17:30 Workshops / regional meetings
19:00 dinner
20:30 Evening prayer with an open ending
23:30 Night's rest (church remains open for praying and singing)

Basically, a stay in Taizé is tied to a few fixed rules. There are meal times and common prayers, and a weekly cycle is observed, which is designed for arrival on Sunday afternoon and departure on the following Sunday afternoon and is observed by most visitors. You should register at least two weeks before your stay.

If you want to prepare for the week in Taizé, the brothers recommend that you familiarize yourself with the daily structure and learn about the simple lifestyle in Taizé. It can also be helpful to “listen to” some of the Taizé songs. In addition, there are now a number of films that describe the stay in more detail.

Upon arrival, visitors are greeted in their native language, if possible, and given a brief overview of the facilities and daily routines in Taizé. Adolescents and young adults between the ages of 15 and 29 can be accommodated in barracks or large tents. Bringing your own tents or caravans is also possible and particularly useful in the main season. For the 15 to 16 year olds, supervisors sleep in the accommodation.

Young people from Germany pay between € 7 and € 10 per person per day for accommodation and meals. The amount varies depending on the country of origin to take into account different economic circumstances. In this way, the participants can contribute according to their personal circumstances in order to enable the financially weaker ones to have a cheaper stay.

Activities during a Taizé week

For the periods between prayers and meals, it is possible to choose one of three topics, most of which deal with Bible texts or excerpts from the letter from Taizé . These are then presented daily in the mornings by a brother as part of the introduction to the Bible and then discussed in multinational and often multilingual small groups. The discussion groups will continue in the afternoon or some community service will be carried out during the time.

This work is also distributed at the beginning of the week and includes tasks that arise during ongoing operations, such as cooking, washing up, cleaning and tidying up the large area. In addition, there are also Nightwelcome helpers (colloquially often called Nightguards - but this term does not correspond to the vision of the brothers), who take care of the night's sleep, helpers for the church services, carers for the children in Olinda, sellers for the oyak , helpers for Taizé's own workshop called Cadole, helpers for tidying up the area, helpers for setting up and dismantling the large-capacity tents and trained singers for the choir during the services from among the visitors. Before dinner there is the opportunity to take part in a workshop or a discussion with topics that change daily.


In addition, there are a large number of volunteers who spend an extended period of between four weeks and a year in Taizé. These "permanents" or volunteers organize the individual work teams, take care of tasks such as welcoming new visitors, working in the Casa or in La Morada , managing the kitchen team, etc. The young adults between 18 and 28 years of age take on various tasks that are necessary for implementation the youth meetings are necessary. “Usually around 40 young women and men, not only from Europe, but also from Africa, Asia, North and South America and Oceania, stay for a few months or a year. In addition, from spring to autumn, there are young people who stay for a few weeks. ”Those who stay longer are asked to pay the normal fee for the first week. After that you don't need to make any further financial contributions. From the second week onwards, you share a bedroom with others who stay longer. During this time there will be care from a brother of the community or a sister of the community of Saint-André. It used to be possible to do your community service in Taizé. Recognition as a voluntary social year is currently not possible - but a certificate of participation in Taizé is possible. Some of the male permanents ask to join the fraternity after the year.

Silent week: "Go into silence"

There is an option to remain silent for a week. The young people who “go into silence” are accommodated a little apart. In the morning they receive an introduction to the Bible by a Taizé brother or a sister of the community of Saint-André. There is also the possibility of a one-on-one interview. The young people, who spend the week in silence, take part in the three daily church services. There is also the option of remaining silent for just a weekend.

Families and adults over 30 years

Families with children meet in Olinda in Ameugny , 600 m away , where childcare is also offered. The number of participants is limited to certain calendar weeks and during these weeks to 100 families per week due to the heavy congestion of the place. The families are also asked not to come more than once every two years. Adults over 30 years of age also have separate accommodation and their own program; provided they do not bring a group of young people to Taizé, they are allowed to come once a year; here too there is a limit in the weeks with many participants.

Meetings with special characteristics

In some weeks, the brothers only invite certain target groups to Taizé: In 2018 there was another week (August 19-26, 2018) that was only for young adults (aged 18 to 35). The program consists of forums: young people from different continents, employees of international organizations, Christian communities or solidarity initiatives. Topics of the 2017 meeting, which was under the motto “Our commitment to fraternity prepares peace”, were z. B. The challenges of democracy in a time of globalization and populism. With a member of the European Parliament (Belgium) and a foreign policy expert (Hungary); The subject of violence in the Koran and the New Testament; Fair trade, social entrepreneurship ...: Can companies and banks make a profit and still think about the common good? With a co-founder of an ethical bank (Croatia) and an employee of Faire Trade Lebanon (Lebanon) and “Sisters: Leah and Rachel in the Bible, in Jewish tradition and in our lives. With a Polish Judaist ”.

An Islamic-Christian friendship is promoted in Taizé. B. on a theme weekend under the motto (May 5 to 8, 2017) “The sense of God”. Over 300 participants came from France and neighboring countries. Many of the young participants are involved in the “ Coexister Association ”. Topics were e.g. B. "Communities open to the four winds of God": with Grégoire Picot ("Culture and Hope" association of the parish of Notre-Dame de l'espérance in Paris) and Moubarak Guerdam (Imam from Mulhouse) or "Kamal Kabtane" , "Words of Peace": with Kahina Bahloul (from the House of Peace in Houilles and President of the association "Parlez-moi d'islam" (Tell me about Islam)) and Hubert de Chergé (head of the Islamic-Christian friendship group), " Innovative experiences in school and neighborhood ": with Christiane Conturie (educational director at the Charles Péguy high school in Paris) and Radia Bakkouch (president of the" Coexister "association) and" The friend who left us: Fadila Semaï tells the story of the friendship between Christian de Chergé, a Christian monk, and Mohamed, a Muslim, during the years of terrorism in Algeria ”. The next weekend of friendship between young Muslims and Christians will take place in Taizé from 5 to 8 July 2018 under the motto “Inner life and fraternal community” - young adults (aged 18 and over) are also invited.


After the terrorist attacks in Paris, protection against terrorist attacks was increased in France ( Plan Vigipirate ). Every major event is protected by military patrols - and Taizé is a “major event” every week. During the day and late into the evening, armed soldiers and police patrol the site, while the Church of Reconciliation is protected during prayers . There are also bag controls there.

Effects of the coronavirus

On March 15, 2020, the brothers announced that the youth meetings would have to be suspended due to the coronavirus . The French state had "forbidden all public events and church services until further notice" this Sunday. The Church of Reconciliation is closed to the public, the Taizé village church is available for personal prayer. From Monday, March 16 at 8:30 p.m., an evening prayer with some brothers was broadcast live. With this, the brothers want to "express solidarity with all those who are lonely".

Following the announcement by the French government that it will gradually lift the contact restrictions, the brothers of the community will be welcoming guests again from June 2nd. First of all, all those who take part in the prayers of the community for a few days and help with the various practical tasks necessary for the resumption of the guest reception are received. The normal program will be resumed from June 14th, but under the restrictions associated with the hygiene measures and with a possibly changed schedule.

Pilgrimage of trust on earth

One of the goals of the community is to go with young adults (and those responsible for youth work) across the local churches on a “pilgrimage of trust on earth”, which is particularly committed to the Sermon on the Mount of Jesus of Nazareth . In doing so, common prayer, reflection on practical ways of implementing the Sermon on the Mount and political engagement are combined in an uncomplicated way.

A group of young Germans at the European Youth Meeting in Paris 2002/2003

This path does not take the form of a firmly organized movement; rather, young people are called upon to commit themselves to peace, reconciliation in the church and trust on earth in their everyday lives . As a stage on this pilgrimage, European youth meetings lasting several days have been prepared since 1978 at the turn of the year . In the early years between 15,000 and 20,000 young people came together in a European metropolis "between the years", the number of participants increased to over 100,000, especially after the opening of the Iron Curtain, in Vienna in 1992 or in 1994 in Paris. In recent years, the number of participants has decreased again, with around 15,000 taking part in the 2017/18 meeting in Basel and 15,000 at the 2018/19 meeting in Madrid and 2019/2020 in Wroclaw. The next European meeting will not take place in Turin until 2021/2022 due to the corona pandemic - it was originally planned for the turn of the year 2020/2021. Instead, the brothers are inviting young adults between the ages of 18 and 35 to the next stage of the pilgrimage of trust on earth to Taizé at the end of 2020.

Meetings have been held on other continents at irregular intervals since the 1980s. The brothers invite you to Cape Town from September 25 to 29, 2019 . In 1995 the first meeting took place on the African continent: Johannesburg in South Africa was the host. In addition, in Africa, meetings were held in Kenya in 2008 , Rwanda in 2012 and Benin in 2016 . There have also been youth meetings on the Asian continent. The brothers invited to a youth meeting in Hong Kong in August 2018 , a meeting took place in Manila / Indonesia in 2010 and one in Calcutta , India in 2006 . In the Middle East, there will be a meeting in Lebanon in 2019 . Before that, meetings were e.g. B. in Egypt 2017. On the American continent, for example, meetings took place in the Caribbean (Puerto Rico, Haiti and Cuba, 2014), Mexico and the USA.

Visits of the brothers all over the world

The brothers accept invitations to major church events. Brothers visit the German Evangelical Church Congress , the Catholic Day , the World Youth Day and numerous Night of Lights . Brothers are regular guests, especially in Germany and other European countries, from which many of the Taizé visitors come. The close contact with young people is not limited to major events and Europe: the brothers visit young people all over the world, for example in Asia this means: India (2018), Cambodia (2017), Philippines 2016, Taiwan 2015, Japan 2014, India 2013, Sri Lanka 2012, East Timor 2012, Indonesia 2011, Malaysia 2011, Kazakhstan 2010, Mongolia 2010, Laos 2007. In addition, Taizé-style prayers are regularly held in Asia, for example in the Philippines and in Macau , Hong Kong , Indonesia and Singapore , Malais , Japan and Vietnam . In addition, the brothers often have a network in the regions of the world for which they are responsible. For example, the Korean Brother Han Yol Shin is involved in the peace process in his homeland and supports the starving population in North Korea with food deliveries. As shown here for Asia, similar meetings with the brothers take place on the other continents.

Night of lights

“Night of Lights” at the 99th Catholic Day in Regensburg

The Night of Lights refers to prayers with chants from Taizé, which take place in autumn and winter in many congregations and prepare for the European youth meetings at the turn of the year and serve as preparation for these meetings. A text proposal for the design of such a “night of lights” is published annually. The name refers to the festival of lights that takes place every Saturday evening in Taizé and commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Each visitor receives a candle at the entrance. These are lit one after the other in the course of the prayer during the chant, starting with a child. There is also a “Night of Lights” at major church events such as Catholic Day.

Plant and buildings in Taizé

Overview plan of Taizé
Church window in the crypt: Abraham and Isaac

Taizé and the neighboring village of Ameugny are located on a hill in the Burgundian landscape, this is about 2600 meters long (Taizé accounting for about one kilometer) and 500 meters wide. The old village center of Taizé, in which today there are only a few houses that are mainly agricultural, nestles against the foot of the hill. The brothers live in houses around the old Romanesque village church of Ste-Marie-Madeleine .

The monastery complex on which the youth meetings take place begins with the reception at which you register, on a gently sloping terrain follow the bell tower, the Church of Reconciliation , the infirmary, accommodation / sanitary facilities for the young people, accommodation / sanitary facilities for the adults and after about a kilometer from Ameugny, where the families are housed.

Church of ReconciliationMain article: Church of Reconciliation (Taizé)

The Church of Reconciliation is the main church in Taizé, built in 1962. The three times of prayer take place here. The extensions in the west can be separated from the church by roller doors and then serve as group rooms for workshops and lectures.

Church of Reconciliation from the outside (south side), the older part on the right, the extensions in the middle and on the left

Crypt The crypt of the Church of Reconciliation is intended for silent prayer. The entrance is on the north-east side; a footpath leads there between the Church of Reconciliation and the Exposition. Groups also used the crypt to celebrate worship there.

Orthodox Chapel The Orthodox Chapel was completed in 2018 and can be reached via the crypt. Numerous Orthodox icons can be found in the chapel.

El Abiodh El Abiodh is the 1965 built infirmary with a small guest house belonging to the Taizé Community. The name comes from a town in the southern Algerian desert. There, René Voillaume with some companions in the footsteps of Charles de Foucauld lived. From this came the Little Brothers of Jesus . The city is now called El Abiodh Sidi Cheikh. The El Abiodh house has two attached wings called Constantinople and Lambaréné .

La Morada (Spanish for "the home", "the residence", "the residence"). La Morada is the contact point of the Taizé Community, it is also called "Maison Jaune" (yellow house). Valuables can be handed in there, the latest daily newspapers are on display and urgent messages and letters can be deposited there. Adjacent to the house are a garden and workshops of the brothers of the community.

Panorama of the small square between Casa and La Morada: on the left in the background the bus stop, the yellow building is Casa, in the center of the picture you can see the wooden substructure of the bell tower and the kitchen building, on the far right La Morada

Casa Casa (span. "House") is the contact point for the youth meetings. Everyone who comes to Taizé registers here and receives all important information for the time of their stay. It is also the first point of contact in the event of problems. This house used to be called "Tenietz" (after the Mariánská Týnice monastery ).

Oyak The Oyak is a small kiosk where you can buy drinks, snacks and other everyday items at cost price. Many of the young people meet here in the evenings to make music and chat together. The serving of alcohol is limited to one drink per person per day. Oyak is a city in Douala Province , Cameroon .

The Garden of Silence (Source Saint Etienne) The park-like area near the accommodations is a place of rest and contemplation. Several paths lead through the forest down to the lake at the source of St. Etienne, which is organically created (clarification ponds). There are several paths around the lake as well as some meadows. There is also a small chapel for quiet contemplation and an icon path.

Exposition of the studio The exposition of the studio (French: "exhibition of the workshops") in a central location in Taizé, right next to the church, is the place where the brothers exhibit and sell their self-produced goods. These include a. Tableware, collages, graphics, books, CDs, DVDs, small tags (cross / dove) and postcards. By far the most common is the so-called Taizé cross, which many young people wear around their necks.

Panorama of the Taizé exposition

Olinda Olinda was named an area for family reunions, which also provides for childcare, in the neighboring town of Ameugny. The name is based on the Brazilian coastal city of Olinda in memory of the connection with Bishop Dom Hélder Câmara and the first brotherhood in his diocese of Recife-Olinda .

Chittagong Chittagong is the name of the campsite in Taizé. It is named after the city of Chittagong in Bangladesh .

Wanagi Tacanku Wanagi Tacanku is a building below “La Morada” and the bell tower and at the beginning of the old part of the village. Taizé drivers interested in art meet here, workshops and exhibitions take place. Wanagi Tacanku is the word for "Milky Way" in the language of the Lakota Indians.

Bus stops In Taizé there are two bus stops for the local bus route from Chalon-sur-Saône via Cluny and the TGV station Gare de Mâcon-Loché-TGV to Macon. The “Marie Taizé” bus stop is at the foot of the hill and is irrelevant for the youth meetings. The “La Communauté” bus stop is right in front of the “Casa”. If you use the public bus line to get to Macon on the day of your departure, you can have yourself entered on a list in Taizé beforehand in order to get a seat on the bus.

The main square in the 380-degree panorama: on the left a tent, in which z. B. Bible introductions or small groups take place, next to the way to the food distribution, right next to it in the background the bell tower, in the middle of the picture the barracks 10 to 15, in which z. B. Workshops take place, on the right the Church of Reconciliation with the characteristic onion domes and on the far right small groups at the tent

Songs from Taizé

Song books
Song book at the light service

Characteristic and origin

The Communauté de Taizé is also known for its characteristic chants, which are sung many times over. The “Gesänge aus Taizé” are single-verse , short, in simple sentences , often four-part or canonical . Most of these chants were composed by the early brother Robert Giscard , from 1975 by Jacques Berthier , some by the French Jesuit Joseph Gelineau and most of the new songs by various brothers of the community. Newer songs come from the pen of the current Prior Brother Alois. There are instrumental accompaniments for many chants (woodwind, brass, string and keyboard instruments). Hymn books and CDs (see below) are available in stores.

Reception through the churches

Many of the chants of the community were included in the Catholic hymn book Praise God : Alleluia ( no.174.1 ), Stay here and watch with me (no.286), Confitemini Domino (no.618.2), Gloria, Gloria (no.168, 1), In manus tuas Pater (No. 658,1), My Hope and My Joy (No. 365), two Kyrie (No. 154 and 156), Laudate Dominum (No. 394), Laudate omnes gentes (No. 386), Magnificat (No. 390), Misericordias Domini (No. 657.6), Ostend nobis Domine (No. 634.2), Surrexit Dominus vere (No. 321), Ubi caritas et amor (No. 445), Veni Sancte Spiritus (No. 345,2), Veni Sancte Spiritus, tui amoris (No. 345,1), spirit of confidence, source of consolation (No. 350)).

In the evangelical hymn book , songs and in some cases liturgies with prayers from Taizé have also been adopted. The same applies to the hymn book of the Evangelical Reformed Churches in German-speaking Switzerland and the hymn book of the Evangelical Methodist Church . The songbooks of the German Evangelical Church Congress also tie in with the singing of Taizé.

The chants can be found in the usual church services in Christian communities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Many existing choirs practice it in order to pray and sing together with many other people. These chants are a central part of the “Night of Lights” (see above), which is celebrated all over the world and based on the services in Taizé.

Text bases and multilingualism

Almost all songs can be sung in multiple languages. The song texts are often based on a scripture, often from Psalms or the Gospels. In recent years the number of songs has increased, the texts of which are based on key statements, quotations or prayers of great theologians. B. “ But you know the way for me ” takes up large parts of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's prayer “God, I call to you”. “ Give me my own ” - published before the New Year's Eve meeting in Basel 2017/2018 - goes back to Niklaus von Flüe . The songs “Herre, visa mig vägen” and “Tu palabra, Senor”, ​​which were published as “provisional” releases in summer 2018, also refer to statements by Birgitta of Sweden and Miguel de Unamuno .

In terms of content, different references are made: The love of God (“Ubi caritas” or “ God is only love ”), the peace of God / Jesus (“Peace, peace, I leave you”) and the joy of God (“ My hope and mine Joy ”). In addition, many Christological references can be identified, e.g. B. in " Christ, your light " ( Jésus le Christ ), "Christ, your spirit". The Holy Spirit as the third component of the Trinity is also repeatedly addressed in the lyrics of the songs. B. in the song "Breathe in us, Holy Spirit" or "Spirit of Confidence" ("Vieni Spirito creatore"). In the church services (especially in the light worship service on Saturday evenings, but also in the worship of the cross on Fridays) the light and dark symbolism plays a major role: "In the dark of our night" (De nos obscurités), "In dark night" (De noche) , "Christ your light". Finally, anthropological references can be identified, primarily about the hope in God ("My hope and my joy, my strength, my light") and God as a companion of people (" But you know the way for me ") .

Taizé song book

The songs are written in Latin , in a wide variety of languages ​​spoken in Europe and, most recently, in Far Eastern languages ​​or Arabic. In the annually published song book "Chants de Taizé" the lyrics of the song, the language of which is named, are printed with the notes. Other languages ​​that can be singed to the melody are shown on the edge with a note symbol. So it happens that z. B. ten songs are singable in Dutch, but only one ("Every night") is named. If the melody cannot be singed with the translation, the translations are given in brackets. So it happens that z. For example, the Taizé song "My hope and my joy, my strength, my light", which is very well known in the German-speaking world, is listed in the Taizé song book with the Catalan title " El Senyor " - and is often sung that way in Taizé. Lyrics of liturgical answer chants (“ Hallelujah ”, “ Kyrie eleison ”, “ Agnus Dei ”) remain untranslated and are sung in Latin or Greek .

Below is an overview of the languages ​​in which the songs can be sung: English (58 songs), Lithuanian (38), German (34), Italian (34), Polish (32), Portuguese (28), French ( 24), Spanish (24), Hungarian (20), Croatian (16), Slovenian (13), Ukrainian (13), Albanian (11), Dutch (10), Swedish (10), Russian (9), Czech ( 9), Korean (8), Chinese (7), Bulgarian (6), Estonian (6), Norwegian (6), Arabic (5), Catalan (5), Slovak (5), Sotho (5), Swahili ( 5), Bahasa Indonesia (4), Japanese (4), Wolof (4), Danish (3), Romanian (3), Tagalog (3), Bengali (2), New Greek (2), Hindi (2) , Icelandic (2), Khmer language (2), Latvian (2), Tamil (2), Thai (2), Zulu (2), Filipino (1), Cymraeg (1), Basque (1), Hebrew ( 1), Lakota (1), Malagasy (1), Setswana (1), Turkish (1), Vietnamese (1).

The following list contains a selection of well-known songs from Taizé, especially those that can be sung in German.

German title Original title number Text origin composer
List of Taizé chants whose title is in German.
But you know the way for me 139 after Dietrich Bonhoeffer Taizé
Breathe in us 159 after St. Augustine of Hippo Taizé
Guard me, god 137 Psalm 16 : 1, 11  EU Taizé
Abide by your grace 147 Luke 24.29  EU Jacques Berthier
Stay here and watch with me 3 Matthew 26:38  EU Jacques Berthier
Peace, peace 135 John 14.27  EU Taizé
Give me all your own 62 after Niklaus von Flüe Taizé
Rejoice and rejoice in the Lord 107 Joel 2,21.23  EU Taizé
Sing to the Lord 24 Psalm 96.1  EU Jacques Berthier
Our father 146 Our father Taizé
List of Taizé chants, the melody of which can also be singed with German text.
I am safe with God French Mon âme se repose 32 Psalm 62.2  EU Jacques Berthier
Christ your spirit Swedish Kristus, din Ande 120 Taizé
Christ your light French Jésus le Christ 9 John 1,6-7  EU Jacques Berthier
Your fire, creator spirit french esprit consolateur 126 Taizé
You are the source of life Italian Tu be cares viva 39 Taizé
You are forgiving Latin Christe Salvator 21st Jacques Berthier
Only one thing is my desire French Une soif emplit notre âme 62 Joseph Gelineau
Spirit of confidence Italian Vieni Spirito creatore [canon] 57 Jacques Berthier
Are happy French Les Béatitudes 100 Matthew 5,3-11  EU Orthodox liturgy
God of all love French Toi, tu nous aimes 54 Jacques Berthier
God is only love polish Bóg jest miłością 113 Taizé
Love couldn't be bigger French Grande est ta bonté 64 John 15.13  EU Joseph Gelineau
In the dark of our night French De nos obscurités 1 Jacques Berthier
In the dark of night Spanish De noche 12 Jacques Berthier
Sing praises to you peoples Latin laudate omnes gentes 23 Psalm 117  EU Jacques Berthier
Praise God Polish Wysławiajcie Pana 121 Taizé
My hope and my joy Catalan El Senyor 17th Isaiah 12.2  EU Jacques Berthier
The Lord is near English Wait for the Lord 2 Psalm 27:14  EU Jacques Berthier
Praise the Lord French Béissez le Seigneur 16 Daniel 3: 57-90  EU Jacques Berthier
Sing a song of thanks French rendez grâce au seigneur 102 Russian Orthodox, arr. Taizé
Trust the Lord French Notre âme attend 7th Jacques Berthier
Wake up! French C'est toi ma lampe, Seigneur 8th 2 Sam 22.29  EU , Psalm 18.29  EU Jacques Berthier
Who seeks God french Dieu ne peut que thunder son amour 51 Joseph Gelineau
Other well-known songs (not singable in German)
(Thank the Lord for he is good) Latin Confitemini Domino, quoniam bonus 18th Psalm 136.1  EU Jacques Berthier
(It is good to trust the Lord) Latin Bonum est confidere in dominoes 35 Psalm 118.8-9  EU Jacques Berthier
(In your hands, father) Latin In manus tuas, pater, commendo spiritum meum 30th Lk 23.46  EU Taizé
Magnificat Latin Magnificat (canon) 19th Magnificat , Lk 1.46  EU Jacques Berthier
(Nothing worries you, nothing scares you) spanish Nada te turbe, nada te espante 50 Teresa of Ávila Jacques Berthier
(Praise the Lord my soul) English Bless the Lord 3 Psalm 103 : 1-4  EU Jacques Berthier
(Where there is goodness and love) Latin Ubi caritas, Deus ibi est 4th Joseph Gelineau

Sound carrier

There is now a large selection of sound carriers with the "Gesänge aus Taizé", all of which have been released under the label "Les Presses de Taizé". The CD titles often reflect the name of a new song that appears on the CD. In the late 1990s in particular, CDs appeared whose selection of songs corresponded predominantly to one language (e.g. “Liederen uit Taizé” with “Zingt de Heer” (Singt the Lord), “Blijf bij mij” (Stay here), “Mijn goal stilted ”( Mon âme se repose ),“ Jezus, U bent het licht ”(Jésus le Christ) etc.). In the 2000s, the titles often had Latin names, the songs were then almost exclusively played in the language in which the song was printed in the Taizé song book. Most of the CDs are produced in Taizé in the Church of Reconciliation , the first CDs are live recordings from European youth meetings in Paris and London. Above all, the first CDs were recorded with "foreign choirs" (including the Dresden Chamber Choirs), the later CDs with choirs made up of musicians and singers who were invited by the brothers to record in Taizé:

  • Laudamus te (2017)
  • Taizé - Music of Unity and Peace (2015)
  • Taizé - Instrumental 3 (2013)
  • Taizé - Instrumental 2
  • Taizé - Instrumental 1
  • Ô toi, l'au-delà de tout (2012)
  • Mane nobiscum (2010)
  • Christe Lux Mundi (2006)
  • Laudate omnes gentes (2002)
  • Venite exultemus (2001)
  • I trust in you (2000)
  • Joy on Earth (1999)
  • Canti della preghiera a Taizé (1998)
  • Chants de la Prière à Taizé (1998)
  • Liederen uit Taizé (1997)
  • Ubi Caritas (1996)
  • Sing to God (1995)
  • Hell burns a light (1994, with Dresden church choirs)
  • Veni Sancte Spiritus (1993)
  • Jubilate (1991)
  • New chants from Taizé (1990, in St. Michael , Hamburg)
  • Alleluia (Recorded during the European Youth Meeting in London in December 1986)
  • Chants from Taizé (1986, with the "Young Choir St. Paul in Aachen")
  • Resurrexit (recorded during the European Youth Meeting in Paris 1984)

Media broadcasts from Taizé

The radio station domradio records the light celebration in Taizé every Saturday evening and broadcasts it from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. and makes the services available as a podcast . These recordings are suspended during the corona pandemic.

With the beginning of the suspension of the youth meetings due to the corona pandemic, evening prayers will be broadcast live on Facebook at 8.30 p.m. These broadcasts are carried out by the media team from Taizé and each shows a small group of the brothers, as they only celebrate services in small groups and not in the large "Church of Reconciliation".

Occasionally, prayers (mostly on Sundays) are broadcast by television companies. This means a lot of effort on site, as the rather dark Church of Reconciliation has to be illuminated. These transmissions therefore only partially reproduce an image of a Taizé prayer, especially since the songs are sung clearly shortened and the silence, which is otherwise the center of the prayer, is shortened.

Taizé prayers are also broadcast during the European youth meetings by the national television companies, for example from Basel 2017/2018.

Admission of unaccompanied refugees

Even in the early years, Brother Roger looked after prisoners of war and people who fled because of the Second World War. This acceptance of people in need is a matter of course in Taizé even today. For example, the brothers set up a reception center in the neighboring town of Ameugny after the Calais refugee camp (" Calais Jungle ") was cleared. 16 young people between 13 and 17 years, mostly from Sudan, but also from Syria and Eritrea, were accepted. The association "Le Pont" from Mâcon has taken over the administrative processing. In June 2015, a family with two children who had to flee near Mosul to Iraqi Kurdistan in 2014 came to Taizé. In previous years, the community repeatedly took in refugees. B. Refugees from Sudan. The brothers try to get involved locally on the subject of “refugees”. So a brother visited Malta and Gozo . Brother Alois addresses the refugee issue at audiences with Pope Francis , for example ; on World Refugee Day 2017, the Taizé brothers and all the young people present in Taizé prayed for the migrants who had previously perished off Libya while trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe .


Taizé is criticized as "mixing confessional boundaries". For example, Catholic bishops, archbishops and cardinals knowingly give the Eucharistic meal to evangelical Christians as a matter of course on Sundays . However, for the vast majority of those who consider Taizé, this very point is a sign of hope for ecumenism .

At the funeral of Pope John Paul II , Brother Roger received the Eucharist from Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI ). In an interview with the French daily La Croix in 2006, the French historian Yves Chiron claimed that Brother Roger converted to the Roman Catholic Church in 1972. The Taizé ecumenical community denied this. In the words of the prior Brother Alois, Brother Roger had received communion in St. Peter's Basilica for 25 years. The then Bishop of Autun, Armand LeBourgois, gave Brother Roger his first communion in 1972. Several witnesses from then could confirm this. "Anyone who speaks of conversion in this context does not understand Frère Roger's original approach."

Occasionally it is said that Taizé is a utopia that cannot be lived in today's world.

There is no substantive criticism of the image of God, Jesus and man in the Catholic, Protestant, Anglican or Orthodox churches. If one looks for content-theological criticism, one will only find it from the evangelical , Christian-fundamentalist or creationist side. It has been criticized that some biblical topics are not addressed in Taizé. The evangelical journalist Lothar Gassmann criticizes: “The biblical classification of humans as sinners through and through is completely missing. Since, according to [Roger] Schutz, Christ resides in every person anyway, the person actually appears to be good and able to redeem himself through contemplation and good works. [...] The image of God by Roger Schutz is a mutilation of the God of the Bible through this shortening. The way of salvation, which is taught in Taizé, can only be described as a wrong path from a biblical point of view. "

The Christian fundamentalist journalist Ulrich Skambraks criticizes: “The Bible does not know this way of contemplation . Nowhere in the Bible is there any mention of a self-immersion through which one could find Christ in one's own strength. (...) The beliefs presented in Taizé have their home in esotericism and in Far Eastern religions. ”“ In any case, his focus is on the world of today . Protection and its successors are about the reconciliation of people with one another. They completely overlook the necessary reconciliation with God or mistakenly assume it for all people ”.


Awards for the community

Brother Roger at the award ceremony of the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade Association with the then Rhineland-Palatinate Prime Minister Helmut Kohl and Bundestag
Vice- President Hermann Schmitt-Vockenhausen
"The Board of Trustees is convinced that the Taizé Community exemplifies a commitment to freedom of religion and conscience, as President Roosevelt described as a prerequisite for a better world."

Awards for Brother Roger as Prior of Taizé

See also


Books by Brother Roger

  • From the stillness of the heart - prayers . Herder, Freiburg im B. 2006, ISBN 3-451-29039-1 .
  • A hint of happiness - experiences and encounters . Herder, Freiburg im B. 2006, ISBN 3-451-28977-6 .
  • The sources of Taizé - God wants us to be happy . Herder, Freiburg im B. 2004, ISBN 3-451-28408-1 .
  • In everything an inner peace . Herder, Freiburg im B. 2006, ISBN 3-451-28346-8 . (An annual booklet with short meditations for each day)
  • Just trust - thoughts and encounters . Herder, Freiburg im Br. 2006, ISBN 3-451-28832-X .
  • God can only love . Herder, Freiburg im B. 2006, ISBN 3-451-27936-3 .

Chants and prayers

  • The songs from Taizé . Herder, Freiburg im B. 2014, ISBN 978-3-451-33460-3 (hymn book from the church of Taizé, all current chants in many languages)
  • Common prayers for the whole year . Herder, Freiburg im B. 2007, ISBN 978-3-451-29571-3 (prayer book for communal and personal use, based on the Church's prayer of the hours )


  • Klaus Nientiedt (ed.): Taizé - world village for inner adventure . Herder, Freiburg im B., 2006, ISBN 3-451-05715-8 . (Reports, statements, analyzes and background reports)
  • Kathryn Spink: Brother Roger, founder of Taizé - Life for Reconciliation . Herder, Freiburg im B. 2007, ISBN 978-3-451-29397-9 . (The history of the Taizé community and its founder. New edition updated 2007)
  • Various: Brother Roger, Taizé . An illustrated book - published by the Taizé Community. Herder, Freiburg im B. 2006, ISBN 3-451-29187-8 .
  • Marc Dannlowski: Taizé - Pilgrimage to Ecumenism . Logos Verlag, 2004, ISBN 3-933828-98-8 . (Information on the foundation and theology of Taizé)
  • Jean-Claude Escaffit and Moiz Rasiwala: The Story of Taizé . Herder, Freiburg im B. 2009, ISBN 978-3-451-29959-9 .
  • Andreas Stökl : Taizé - history and life of the Taizé brothers. Gütersloh 1978, ISBN 3-579-03861-3 .
  • Michael Albus: Taizé, The Simplicity of Heart, The Legacy of Brother Roger. 2nd Edition. Gütersloher Verlagshaus, 2006, ISBN 3-579-06931-4 .
  • Communauté de Taizé: La louange des jours (“the praise of the day”), with the liturgical psalter attached . 6th edition, Les Presses de Taizé, Taizé 1971, ISBN 978-2-02-003315-2 . (Book of the hours of the Taizé Brothers)

Films about Taizé, the stay there or Brother Roger

  • The official film on taize.fr
  • Self-discovery trip in Taizé: As an atheist among Christians: PULS report, on YouTube
  • The secret of Taizé - hr report 2007, on YouTube
  • Taizé - Apartments of the Gods (documentary, 2004), on YouTube
  • Fascination Taizé: Brother Georg & Brother Richard - Bible TV the conversation, on YouTube
  • Brother Alois: Taizé after Brother Roger, on YouTube
  • TV service during the European Youth Meeting in Basel, on YouTube
  • Stages in the life of Brother Roger

Individual evidence

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  3. Taizé (ed.): Paths of trust, pictures with thoughts by Brother Roger. Taizé 2003.
  4. Art. Protection Marsauche, Geneviève . In: André Encrevé (ed.): Les protestants (= Dictionnaire du monde religieux dans la France contemporaine , vol. 5). Beauchesne, Paris 1993, ISBN 2-7010-1261-9 , p. 453.
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  1. See p. 119, endnote 5.
  2. See p. 51.
  3. p. 79: "l'essentiel permettant la vie commune."
  4. See p. 80.
  5. See p. 113.
  6. p. 155: “Elle n'a rien d'une règle au sens habituel, elle indique un simple chemin pour vivre une parabole de communion.” Quotation from Vivre l'inespéré 1976.
  7. See p. 9.

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