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Some Recent News

Ukraine | Collection of medical items

Three brothers are planning to travel to Eastern Europe at the beginning of May. In view of this, a collection of different medical items will be made in Taizé

For practical reasons, we are asking just for the following items:

  • Bandages
  • Compresses (gauze)
  • Dressings
  • Compression bandages
  • Elastic bandages
  • Single-use gloves
  • Surgical masks

Please bring any items to "La Morada" between 10am and midday or 2pm and 7pm up to Wednesday 27 April at 4pm.

Ukraine | Suggested format for a peace vigil

Since the outbreak of war in Ukraine, many Christians around the world have been praying for peace. Here is a suggestion for a time of prayer with the songs of Taizé.

In addition, a page on the Taizé website allows you to send prayer requests to the brothers.

Suggested format for a time of prayer

Song

Laudate omnes gentes ou Славіте всі народи (Slavite vsi narody)

Prayer by Brother Alois

Christ Jesus, as we stand in silence before you, we let this burning prayer rise up to you: may weapons cease to be fired on the land of Ukraine! Receive in your love those who are dying from violence and war, console the grieving families, show your presence to those who are in anguish or who have had to take the road of exodus. Support those who desire peace and who, in Ukraine, Russia, Belarus and elsewhere, are taking initiatives to stop the war. Faced with incomprehensible suffering, we believe that your words of love and peace will never pass away. You gave your life on the cross and opened up a future for us, even beyond death. As we journey towards Easter, the light of your resurrection will guide us, even in the darkness, reminding us that evil will never have the last word. And we implore you: give your peace to our time. You are our hope.

Psalm

Between each verse, Bonum est confidere.can be sung

How long, O God, is the foe to scoff?
Is the enemy to revile your name for ever?
Why do you hold back your hand; why do you keep your hand in your bosom?

Yet God my King is from of old,
working salvation in the earth.
You cut openings for springs and torrents;
you dried up ever-flowing streams.

Yours is the day, yours also the night;
you established the luminaries and the sun.
You have fixed all the bounds of the earth;
you made summer and winter.

Do not deliver the soul of your dove to the wild animals;
do not forget the life of your poor for ever.
Have regard for your covenant,
for the dark places of the land are full of the haunts of violence.

Do not let the downtrodden be put to shame;
let the poor and needy praise your name.
Rise up, O God, plead your cause;
remember how the impious scoff at you all day long.


du Psaume 74

Lecture

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God.


2 Corinthians 1. 3-4

Song
Dona nobis pacem

Silence

Intercession

Kyrie 10 can be sung between each intercession.

  1. For everyone living in Ukraine. For the victims of the war and their loved ones as they mourn. For those who are wounded.
  2. For families, young people, children and the elderly who live in fear of bombardment.
  3. For people who have had to leave their homes - the exiled, refugees, displaced people and for those who are welcoming them.
  4. For those who are more vulnerable without anywhere to go, powerless faced with the consequences of war.
  5. For the leaders of the nations and all who can influence the course of events, so that the firing of arms may cease as soon as possible.
  6. For the leaders of the Churches. May they understand how to accompany people affected by this terrible ordeal.
  7. For the peacemakers. For everyone in Ukraine, Russia, Belarus and elsewhere who are committed to ensuring that dialogue and justice prevail.

Our Father

Blessing prayer

Your bless us Christ Jesus, you are our peace and our hope.

Songs

Exaudi orationem meam | Frieden, Frieden | Jésus le Christ | Veni sancte Spiritus

Pope Francis receives Brother Alois in audience

On Monday 21 March 2022, Brother Alois, prior of the Taizé Community, was received in private audience by Pope Francis. Since 2013, this audience has taken place every year, as before with Pope Benedict XVI, in the same way as Brother Roger used to visit Rome every year.

The first topic covered was the war in Ukraine and the initiatives of solidarity taken by Taizé towards the Ukrainian refugees. Brother Alois then spoke about the Synodal Pathway that is being undertaken in the Catholic Church. He was also able to share with Pope Francis some news about the life of the community and spoke about Taizé’s ecumenical quest.

Over the next few days, Brother Alois will have other meetings with church leaders in Rome. In addition, two prayers with songs from Taizé will take place over the next few days in Rome: Tuesday 22 March at 9pm in the church of Santa Maria in Campitelli and Wednesday 23 March at 12.30pm in the Belgian Royal Church (via del Sudario 40), together with Brother Alois and other brothers.


(C) Photo Vatican Media


Contact

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Ukraine | A Provisional Community To Welcome Refugees

In solidarity with Ukraine, Taizé is preparing to welcome refugees who have had to leave their country because of the war, along with many refugees passing through for a night on their way to Spain or Portugal.

In close collaboration with the civil authorities, the project was born to welcome several families of Ukrainian refugees in a house at Taizé or in the nearby village of Ameugny. The details are being worked out.

To accompany this welcome, some young people could form a small temporary community, living with the refugees who will be welcomed in Taizé. We are therefore looking for three or four young men or women, aged between 19 and 30, who would be willing to live in Taizé until the end of May to take part in this project. Being able to communicate in a Slavic language would be a definite asset.

If you are interested, or if you have any further questions, please contact us very quickly at this address explaining your reasons for wishing to participate in this project.

In several aspects, this proposal is different from volunteering in Taizé. For those who wish to stay longer in Taizé during the next few months, see this other page.

Ukraine | An initiative of solidarity to welcome refugees

Faced with the humanitarian crisis caused by the war in Ukraine, Taizé is opening a platform to put host people in contact with exiles who have had to leave Ukraine.

In recent years, many young people from Ukraine have participated in the meetings of the Pilgrimage of Trust in Europe. At present, many families, especially mothers with their children, have had to leave their country as a matter of urgency to take refuge elsewhere. In many places, a dynamic of solidarity is taking shape to welcome them and Taizé wishes to support this momentum.

In connection with our friends in Ukraine and in neighbouring countries, with solidarity associations and also with the Ukrainian embassy in Paris, we propose that local parishes or groups prepare to offer a welcome. However, we would like to draw the attention of those who are ready to do so:

  • At this stage we are collecting offers, but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to find a family in the immediate future. It is difficult to estimate the scale of future arrivals.
  • It is also difficult to know how long these families will need your generous support.
  • For a single person, and even a family, such a welcome can represent an excessive effort. It is preferable to get together with others to take on this task in a parish or team.
  • Currently, this proposal can only concern host families in Schengen countries.
  • Finally, Taizé helps to put people in touch with each other through this initiative, but cannot accompany specific situations or provide help or follow-up.

Please carefully fill in the welcome form in French or in English. If you have any further questions, write to us at this address.

We thank you warmly for your readiness to help!