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What happens each day?

From its beginning the community has been inspired by two aims: to live in communion with God through prayer and to be a leaven of peace and trust in the midst of the human family.

A stay at Taizé is an opportunity to seek communion with God in prayer, singing, silence and reflection. It can be possible to rediscover an inner peace, a meaning to life and a new impetus.

Experiencing a simple life shared with others reminds us that daily life is the place where Christ is waiting for us.

Some young people are looking for ways of following Christ with their whole lives. A stay in Taizé can help discern this call.

- Each day, brothers of the community introduce a Bible reflection, followed by a time of silence and sharing in small groups.

- In the afternoon, workshops help to deepen the relationship between faith and life in the areas of work, social questions, art and culture, the search for world peace....

- Young adults who wish can spend the week or the weekend in silence, to take time to listen to how God speaks to them in prayer, in the Bible or through the events of their life.

A typical day at Taizé

From Monday to Friday

8.15 am Morning prayer, then breakfast

10 am Introduction to the day with a brother of the community followed by quiet reflection or small group discussion

12.20 pm Midday prayer, then lunch

2 pm Optional song-practice

During the afternoon: international small groups or practical work

5.15 pm Tea

5.45 pm Theme workshops from Tuesday on

7 pm Supper

8.30 pm Evening prayer, then vigil with songs in the church, followed by night silence

Friday evening prayer is followed by prayer around the Cross.

Saturday

3.15 pm Theme workshops

8.30 pm Evening prayer with candles to celebrate the paschal mystery

Sunday

8.45 am Breakfast

10 am Eucharist

1 pm Lunch

7 pm Supper

8.30 pm Evening prayer

Weekly programme

There are different programmes according to your age

17 to 29 year olds

This year’s theme can be found on the page about the Letter from Taizé and themes.

You will normally be together with other young people of your own age group. There is also a range of workshops later on in the afternoon that you can choose from. In some weeks when there are fewer people present, there may be just one group for people of all ages. You can decide whether to listen to the introduction in the morning and take part in the small group sharing each afternoon or else follow the theme for half a day and help with some practical work for the other half day.

Another option is to spend the week in silent retreat. This gives time for more personal reflection and prayer. See the page A week in silence about this.

- During some weeks of the year, especially in summer, young adults staying for more than one week, or who have already been to Taizé earlier in the year, can take part in a group based more specifically on the themes of the Letter.

25 to 35 year olds

In some weeks, a separate group exists for this age group (usually around Easter and then in July and August).

15 and 16 year olds

Young people of this age are welcome but they must come with a sufficient number of leaders and be well prepared regarding the nature of the meetings. They can come for one week, or for a weekend (from Thursday evening or Friday until Sunday).

Each morning, a brother introduces the daily theme. In the afternoon, there are different activities (practical work, small group sharing, acting out a Bible passage, etc.) every day.

Please read carefully the information about Bringing a group of young people to Taizé, taking note of the special requirements involved in bringing young people of this age.

Over 30’s

If you would like to take part in the adults’ meetings, please read the information on the page Meetings for adults over 30 carefully. Please check also the dates when they are held this year. You can pre-register on-line, but then please wait for our confirmation before making any travel plans.

Parents with children from a few months to 14 years old

We encourage parents with children to come at times when there are family meetings. If you would like to take part in the family meetings, see the page Meetings for families. Please check the dates when they are held this year. You can pre-register on-line, but then please wait for our confirmation before making any travel plans.

Last updated: 1 October 2012