Taizé in English

First Thursday of every month, 6.30 pm in the Cathedral Crypt. Our order of Service is inspired by Taizé.

The Taizé Community is an ecumenical monastic order in Taizé, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France. It is composed of about 100 brothers who come from Protestant and Catholic traditions. The brothers come from about 30 countries across the world.

The monastic order has a strong devotion to peace and justice through prayer and meditation. It was founded in 1940 by Brother Roger Schutz, a Protestant. The community has become one of the world’s most important sites of Christian pilgrimage. 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.

The songs of Taizé are known throughout the world. They are usually based on one simple phrase, sung repeatedly. The phrase enters the conscious mind and gradually becomes an interior mantra. These songs are sung all over the world and have been translated into many languages.

Introduction for beginners at 6 pm.