In addition to this wonderful meeting, during the short stay of one of the brothers of the community in Singapore, there was also a visit to Trinity College, which regularly sends students to Taizé. Some members of staff and students from mainland China, Indonesia and Singapore came along and showed much interest by their questions. On Saturday, for the first time there were prayers with young people from two different parishes. At St Anne’s Hannah and Alan, a young couple, had organized the meeting. Alan is a catechist and he and his wife had suggested that the young people preparing for confirmation have a time of prayer to help them prepare to receive the sacrament. About a hundred 15 and 16 year olds gradually discovered the silence and entered fully into it. Before the prayer began, Hannah, who was leading the music, explained the meaning of the repetitive songs. What a joy to see these young people opening up to a dimension of prayer they had not previously been aware of.
The same evening, around a hundred young people also met at the parish of St Francis Xavier. The youth priest for the Diocese of Singapore is the parish priest there. The youth of the parish had created a path of light by setting out hundreds of little candles that led from the room where the introduction was held to the place of prayer. The decoration, created out of almost nothing, was beautiful in its simplicity. Four young students on an exchange program at one of the universities had seen on the Taizé website that there would be a prayer. Coming from Germany and Denmark, they were deeply moved to rediscover what they had found in Taizé.