The ecumenical community of Taizé was founded by Brother Roger in France in 1940. Today we count over 100 brothers from more than 25 different countries, seeking ways for trust and peace. Since the late 1950s, several thousands of young adults from many countries have found their way to Taizé to take part in weekly meetings of prayer and reflection. In addition, Taizé brothers make visits and lead meetings, large and small, in Africa, North and South America, Asia, and in Europe, as part of a “pilgrimage of trust on earth”.


The Taizé prayer is a meditative singing prayer. Short songs, taken from psalms, are repeated, again and again. These phrases express a basic reality of faith, quickly grasped by the mind. As the words are sung over many times, this reality gradually penetrates the whole being. Meditative singing thus becomes a way of listening to God. It allows everyone to take part in a time of prayer together and to remain together in attentive waiting on God. As they go back home from Taizé, young people are invited to bring peace, trust, and reconciliation in their own country, city, and parish.


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