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Message from Brother Alois

A tribute to Desmond Tutu

Dear family and friends,

On this day when Archbishop Desmond Tutu has entered into the life of eternity, I would like to express my affection, and that of all the Taizé Community, to you who have shared his life and his struggles for nearly sixty-five years.

The Spirit of the Risen Christ made him a source of wisdom and courage for South Africa and the rest of the world during the darkest hours of Apartheid and throughout the journey towards justice and reconciliation in your country.

We are grateful for the friendship that has linked the Archbishop and our community for more than forty years. Since Brother Roger’s visit to Johannesburg in 1978 and his own visit to Taizé in 1979, we have remained in communion through prayer, sharing the same passion for awakening new generations of young people to faith in Christ. In 1980, when tensions were high in your country, he organized the journey of 144 young South Africans of all origins, denominations and social backgrounds on a pilgrimage of reconciliation to Taizé. Since then, he has faithfully supported hundreds of young South Africans sent by their churches to represent their country at the different stages of the Pilgrimage of Trust organized by Taizé. Two years ago he was keen to join the participants in the international meeting that we had prepared in Cape Town.

In his welcome message to the participants of the 1995 Taizé Pilgrimage to Johannesburg, he wrote: " Prayer creates the climate in which we can meet and grow to love one another."

Together with women and men of goodwill throughout the world, and especially with young people across the African continent, we give thanks for his life and ministry. He will continue to inspire seekers of justice and peace.

Brother Alois, prior of the Taizé Community

During the Taizé meeting in Cape Town, 2019

Frère Paul (1951-2021)

François Belloy, who took the name of frère Paul on entering Taizé Community in 1975, passed away in his sleep early in the morning of 16 December 2021 after a long and difficult illness. The memorial celebration will take place on Sunday 19 December in the Church of Reconciliation in Taizé, during the Sunday Eucharist which will start at 11.30 am.

He was born in Châteauroux on 10 July 1951, the second of a large family of six brothers and sisters. During his studies at the Breguet engineering school in Paris, he discovered the community, which at that time was preparing the Council of Youth, and he became acquainted with young people involved with this. In the summer of 1972, together with three other young people, he travelled through the communist USSR. In Moscow, they made the first very discrete contacts with young people from that country who had to hide their Christian faith or face persecution.

A year after finishing his studies in 1975, he decided to join the community where he made a lifelong commitment at Easter 1979. From the outset, he brought to the community all his technical and legal skills in various fields: fresh- and waste-water management, electricity, telecommunications, video systems, and little by little he introduced computers into the daily life of the brothers. Later he also prepared the community’s access to the Internet. And he put these skills to use in the international meetings of young Europeans.

In 1983, he was elected to the Taize municipal council, where the community had long been represented by one and then several brothers. As a councillor, then as deputy mayor, he gave much of his energy to supporting the life of the municipality and the neighbouring region. He collaborated in particular with the water board, the electricity board, and then with the community of municipalities, until illness prevented him from standing again in the municipal elections of 2020.

He was already weakened by an auto-immune disease which gradually took away all his physical strength and often meant temporary hospitalisation in Paris, Mâcon and Cluny. But he always remained lucid, gifted with an intellectual curiosity that allowed him to follow closely the life of the community and that of his large family, as well as the events of the Church and the world, right up to his last day.

Message of Brother Alois for the Opening of the Synodal Journey in Rome

Brother Alois was invited to speak on Saturday 9 October 2021 in Rome at the opening of the Catholic Church’s two-year synodal journey on the theme of synodality. Here is the text of the speech he gave on this occasion.

Thank you, most Holy Father, for convening this synod. In Taizé, we were moved to be invited to its opening. Thank you also for the tradition of inviting delegates from other Churches. It will be of great value to hear from them about their own practice of synodality, with its benefits and its limitations.

This synodal process comes at a crucial moment when we can see two contradictory developments. On the one hand, humanity is becoming more clearly aware that we are all linked to each other and to the whole of creation. On the other hand, polarisation is growing in the social, political and ethical domains, causing new divisions in societies, between countries, and even within families.

Unfortunately, between our churches and also within them, there is a trend for differences to become polarisations that separate people, at a time when our witness to peace is vital.

How can we move Christian unity forward? I recently asked Pastor Larry Miller, former General Secretary of the Global Christian Forum. He replied: “It is not good to start by saying, ‘This is who we are and this is why we are right.’ Rather, it means to recognise our weaknesses and ask other churches to help us receive what we lack – this is receptive ecumenism, which allows us to welcome what comes from others.” Doesn’t this pastor see things correctly? We all carry the treasure of Christ in clay vessels and it perhaps shines out more clearly when we humbly acknowledge what we lack.

At the very heart of the Catholic Church, the synod will bring to light great diversities. These will be all the more fruitful if the search for communion is deepened at the same time. Not in order to avoid or to hide conflicts, but to nourish a dialogue that reconciles.

To encourage this, it seems to me desirable that there should be, on the synodal journey, moments to catch our breath, like little breaks, to celebrate the unity which is already accomplished in Christ and to make it visible.

In this regard, Holy Father, since you have invited us to dream, I would like to share a dream with you. Would it be possible that at a certain point, in the course of the synodal process, not only delegates but the whole people of God, not only Catholics but believers from the various Churches, could be invited to a large ecumenical gathering? For in baptism and by the Holy Scriptures, we are sisters and brothers in Christ, united in a communion that is still imperfect but quite real, even when there are theological questions still to be resolved.

Such a gathering – here in Rome and at the same time elsewhere in the world – could have at its heart a solemn celebration listening to the word of God, with a long moment of silence and intercessions for peace. Could the leading of this be entrusted to young people? Could such a celebration be prolonged by a time of sharing between denominations? We would discover that by being united in Christ, we become peacemakers.

Our experience in Taizé encourages me to make this proposal. In our community, coming from different denominations, we live under the same roof. For more than sixty years, we have welcomed young people from different churches or who are simply in search of the meaning of their lives. Far from settling for a lowest common denominator, we are constantly driven to go to the source of the Gospel, to the risen Christ who, through the Holy Spirit, leads us together to the One who is Father of all people without exception.

Photo: Tilen Čebulj

Press release | As summer ends, the pilgrimage of trust is continuing

Monday 20 September 2021

Since June, a total of more than 7,000 visitors have come week after week to Taizé. Although, for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, there were a few cases of Covid in the community during August, the protocol put in place with the health authorities meant that Taizé could stay open. The international meetings are continuing with the next high-point being the many French high school students expected for the autumn holidays at the end of October and beginning of November.

The next European Meeting of Young Adults will take place in Turin, Italy, from 28 December 2021 to 1 January 2022. Three brothers of the community have set off in the last few days to join young people of the city and leaders of different churches, who have already started to raise awareness in the parishes and local communities about welcoming the young adults who will take part in the meeting. A number of events will be broadcast on-line to allow youth from all over the world to participate.

Brother Alois adds: “In the difficult context created by the pandemic, many people are looking to the future with concern. Society is also becoming more and more polarised. It was therefore very important to be able to meet, pray and share together, and to listen to one other. So we are very grateful that everything went well this summer in Taizé.”

News in brief

  • Taizé has been invited by the churches in Glasgow to prepare and lead a vigil for students and young people in the city during the COP26 gathering. Two Taizé brothers will be in the city from 7 to 12 November for this event.
  • Since several months, “Taizé Podcasts” have been available on-line. They include recordings of community prayer, Bible meditations and reflections, interviews with people from all walks of life in Taizé or linked with the community.

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The Taizé community receives a “fraternal visit”

At the end of August, something special and quite new is under way in the Community of brothers: a “fraternal visit”. Brother Alois explains.

Recently, we have been trying to think about the question “What does God expect of our community in this time of great changes in the world and in the Church?” And an idea has been taking shape among us: it would be good to share more deeply about our life and our future with some people outside our community.

So we have invited two women and two men from different denominational backgrounds and with different ecclesial responsibilities to pay us a “fraternal visit” for six days. They are staying with us at the end of this month of August to understand the many aspects of our community more closely. All the brothers who wish can meet them personally and will have the opportunity to say what they want about community life and about any changes they think might be worth considering. Afterwards, there will also be online times of sharing with the brothers who live in small fraternities elsewhere in the world. Then the four people who have talked with us will share with us their impressions.

We are taking this initiative not to address any specific or urgent question, but because we feel that such an outside view of the life of the community will do us good.

As far as the welcome of young people is concerned, an outside view of this kind has been there for a long time, thanks to the Association of the Welcome, which is formed of friends of the community and which manages all the material questions linked to the meetings in Taizé. But this is the first time that such a visit has taken place within the community itself.


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Press release | Summer has begun in Taizé

[Wednesday 14 July 2021/]

After such a difficult year due to the pandemic, the international youth meetings have resumed in Taizé (France, Saône-et-Loire). In conjunction with the authorities, a health protocol has been put in place to ensure that the "barrier measures" are observed by all. Thus, each week, several hundred people will be able to take part in the proposed activities: common prayers, small group sharing, workshops, practical tasks..

Among the events on this summer’s programme, we would like to mention in particular:

  • from 15 to 18 July, the fourth friendship gathering of young Christians and Muslims, with the participation of leaders of both religions
  • from 22 to 29 August, a special programme dedicated to young adults between 18 and 35 years of age, based on the theme of Brother Alois’ message for 2021 "Hoping in Season and out of Season"
  • every Saturday afternoon, a workshop will be broadcast online from Taizé. The themes addressed and the list of speakers are published online on the website.

News in brief

  • The evening prayer is broadcast live each day in audio on the Taizé website, and the Saturday evening prayer in video on the Taizé YouTube channel
  • In recent months, the brothers have developed new products, such as the "Carrés de Taizé" biscuits and homemade herbal teas, which are on sale in the showroom in Taizé and on the online webshop
  • Four books in French are available as a media package for journalists who are interested. You can find a description and an order form here.

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Frère Alois : "Welcome - we are looking forward to seeing you!"

As summer begins, we brothers are very happy to be able to warmly greet those of you who are preparing to come to Taizé over the next few weeks. Together with the sisters present in Taizé and Ameugny, and the young volunteers who have lived the last few months in Taizé, we can say: "We have missed you! "

Of course, this summer will still be very much marked by the difficult health context linked to the coronavirus pandemic. We will have to be careful to respect the health recommendations and not think that everything is behind us. We will continue to think of all those who have been greatly affected or weakened by the past period, and also to pray for the health professionals and carers who have been so exposed.

After so many difficult months, let us rejoice in being able to meet together! Each week of the summer, a few hundred young people will be in Taizé, mostly individuals or small groups of friends, as well as adults and families. We are very happy to be able to pray with you in our Church of Reconciliation, and also to listen to you.

We know that from some countries it is still impossible to reach us in France. So we are going to continue the audio transmission of the evening prayer and every Saturday evening by video too. And every Saturday afternoon, there will be a workshop broadcast online from Taizé.

As the summer season begins, I would finally like to thank those who have supported financially the meetings in Taizé over the last few months, as well as the many people who have expressed their gratitude to the community for the online prayers or other signs of communion between us.

Welcome - we are looking forward to seeing you in Taizé!

Brother Alois

Sharing in Holy Week and Easter from Taizé

All the different publications found on Taizé’s social media during Holy Week and Easter are shown on this page.

As usual, the short daily Bible reading is available on this page of our site and the prayer written by Brother Alois for midday prayer can be found each on this other page.

Palm Sunday

Photos of the prayer at St Stephen’s Source


Daily meditation | Br Stephen


Monday

Daily meditation | Sr Gabi


Midday prayer live


Tuesday

Daily meditation | Br Frank


Midday prayer live


Wednesday

Daily meditation | Br Sebastien


Midday prayer live


Maundy Thursday

Daily meditation | Br Jean


Midday prayer with washing of feet


Special programme led by our young adult volunteers


Good Friday

Daily meditation | Sr Clare


Midday prayer with Procession of the Cross


Special programme led by our young adult volunteers


Holy Saturday

Daily meditation | Br András


Midday prayer


Special programme led by our young adult volunteers


Easter Sunday

Easter Eucharist


Special programme led by our young adult volunteers


In memory of Luca Attanasio

Having learned the news of the tragic death of the Italian Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Luca Attanasio, Brother Alois wrote a message of condolences to his family, the Archbishop of Milan and the Archbishop of Kinshasa.

As a young man, Luca had come to Taizé several times to take part in the international young adult meetings. He had also actively participated, in his parish of Limbiate, in the European meeting in Milan. In the newspaper L’Avvenire, his former parish priest said: "I believe that his decision to go to Africa was made at the end of December 2005, when he organized the welcome of young people who had come to Milan to participate in the ecumenical meeting of Taizé."

Brother Alois, who visited North Kivu in 2017, wrote the following prayer in memory of the three victims of this tragic attack:

Holy Spirit, comforting Spirit, you come to enlighten our lives and to comfort the hearts of those who are in pain. We entrust to you Luca Attanasio, Vittorio Iacovacci, Mustapha Milambo, tragically deceased, and we pray for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Light in the darkness, you fill us with hope and we dare to say with our lives: "Christ is risen! »

Brother Sylvain (1933-2021)

On Tuesday February 2, Brother Sylvain passed away peacefully. He was in good shape until the last day, had eaten supper with the brothers and then felt unwell. He died almost immediately. He was 87 years old.

The celebration in his memory will take place this Friday 5 February at 12 noon in the Church of Reconciliation in Taizé.


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Prayer by Brother Alois

Praise be to you, God of all human beings, for our Brother Sylvain, for the long life you gave him on earth, and for his humble and discreet presence among us.

Throughout his life, you supported him by your Holy Spirit, already since the time when, still very young, he lost his mother and had to take on responsibilities to help his sister and his brother. He learned, even during trials, to keep his joyful temperament and a sense of humour, and to let his spirit of faith radiate out for those you placed near him.

We give you thanks for having stayed with him in particular during the forty years when he lived with the brothers in the fraternities in the Philippines, in Japan, and in Korea. With them and like them, for the sake of Christ and the Gospel, he sought to be close to the most vulnerable, and in great simplicity to create bridges between different cultures, different faces of humanity.

You gave him birth into an old Huguenot family in the mountains of the Ardèche. Tapping into these roots, he developed a profound love of the Holy Scriptures and the stories of the Bible: they nourished his inner life; and with his artistic gifts he knew how to represent them by his drawings, and also by the beautiful decorations of the Cathedral at Oran.

We give you thanks, living God, for granting him a peaceful death, and for welcoming him now into your presence.

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Community council: Prayer by Brother Alois

As they do every year, the brothers had their community council from 26th to 31st January. Here is the concluding prayer of Brother Alois

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Praise be to you, God of life. We turn to you in the midst of great trials that humanity is going through. Enable us to assume our share of these trials in peace.

Our intercession becomes even more fervent: show your presence to those who are suffering from the coronavirus, from other forms of illness, from environmental calamities, and from injustice and violence, and to those who are forced to leave their countries. Be with those who cannot cope any more.

We also entrust to you, again and again, those who have been victims of the abuse of power or of trust, especially those who have been sexually abused in the past by one of us. Be with those who are recovering from such trials.

We praise you for all those who, in the midst of the world’s suffering, are helping to heal wounds, who give themselves generously for others. They are signs of hope; they carry humanity forward.

In this time of great change, you call us to be converted. We would like to let ourselves be taken hold of again by your kindly presence, like Moses before the burning bush, like the disciples on the way to Emmaus and so many others. We would like to do everything possible to make our life a sign of your future and your faithfulness.

You enable us to renew our personal prayer and the community prayer. May the fire of Christ’s love be at the centre of our lives, not our worries, however serious they may be.

Praise be to you for the many testimonies of support that we receive, which are a beautiful expression of the communion of the Church. Enable us to keep moving forward towards the visible unity of all those who love Christ.

We thank you, living God, for our life in community. It has become deeper and simpler over the course of the last year; and over the last few days you have opened our eyes again to the beauty of this great gift that you give to us. Christ calls us his brothers and he gives us to each other as brothers. Thanks be to the Holy Spirit for enabling us day after day to see the diversity among us as a source of riches, and to persevere in kindness and brotherhood. In this way we can to contribute to the growth of a brotherhood and sisterhood in the world.

Praise be to you for awakening in us a clearer awareness of our responsibility to take care of creation. Praise be to you for the young people who make us attentive to this, and for the scientists and policy makers who seek to make the necessary decisions.

God of peace, we do not yet see the new things that are coming through the pains of childbirth that humanity is going through at present. May your Holy Spirit change our way of looking in order to discern a new horizon, and to understand what you are asking of us at this time.

So, as humble pilgrims of trust, we set out again. Even with very limited means, may we be stimulated by a spirit of festival.

And already we praise and sing to you, eternal God. We express to you our gratitude for life; we believe that you are at work in each one of us, in our community and in the world today, through Christ who is with us and through your Holy Spirit who will inspire us.

And now, we will sing together a song to the Holy Spirit together, and then those of the brothers who have committed their whole lives will prostrated themselves on the ground as a reminder of their offering to God. .


Advent

  • Outside the Church of Reconciliation, like every year, a crib has been prepared by the roadside. Things will be added to it week by week right up until Christmas.



  • The prayer read by Brother Alois during the midday prayer can be found as always each day on this page in English. It is also available in French and German.

Covid-19 and the meetings in Taizé

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year France underwent a lockdown in spring and again at the beginning of November. Between these two periods, from June 14 to October 30, the community was able to organise youth meetings in Taizé. A health protocol including fifty measures was drawn up and sent to the local authorities.

In recent months, around six thousand people have stayed in Taizé to take part in the weekly meetings and several hundred others have passed through Taizé without actually staying on site. All the participants were informed before their stay and on their arrival of the need to respect the "barrier measures", which are acts of attention and care towards others and especially towards the most vulnerable.

Praying together and meeting others whilst wearing a mask and keeping a distance are not necessarily natural. But thanks to everyone’s efforts, the meetings went well and there were no outbreaks of infection in Taizé.

During these four and a half months, some participants in the meetings learned whilst staying in Taizé that they had been in contact with people who had tested Covid-19 positive. According to the recommendations of the French authorities, these "close contact" cases were isolated and tested in turn. A few other people developed symptoms of the coronavirus and were also tested. Most of these people tested negative for Covid-19. However, there were also some positive results from these tests (see list below).

The brothers and young volunteers who were in contact with the groups that came during the autumn holidays spent a week in quarantine at the beginning of November and none of them fell ill.

We would like to thank all those who came to Taizé during this period and who took part in the meetings in such special conditions.

List of all cases communicated to us

Here is what we know about these people who have had the coronavirus over the past few months:

  • A lady who was in Taizé on 5/6 September told us that she probably caught the virus before coming. We were able to identify the people who had had contact with her in Taizé and they did not fall ill.
  • A gentleman who participated in the Autun diocesan day on 4 October. It was reported to us a few days later that he had tested positive afterwards, without us knowing whether he already had the virus during his day in Taizé.
  • Four people who travelled together by car and stayed in Taizé on the weekend of 3/4 October. They tested positive a few days later. A brother was in contact with them, he was tested and the result was negative.
  • A young woman who was in Taizé from 11 to 14 October, who had been in close contact with a sick person before coming. Six people who had been in close contact with her had to be isolated in Taizé and all tested negative at Covid-19.
  • A leader of a group of young people who went to Taizé on 23/24 October whose wife (she was not with him in Taizé) tested positive for Covid-19 during his stay. We did not know of any other sick people in this group.
  • A leader of a group of young people, in Taizé from 22 to 26 October, found out that had had close contacts who were ill with Covid. We did not know of any other sick people in this group.
  • During his stay in Taizé, scheduled for 26-30 October, a young person learned that one of his parents had tested positive for Covid. He was isolated, got tested, and the test result was positive. His closest friends were also isolated, returned home by car without being in contact with their group, and were tested at home. A friend of the young person concerned also tested positive, but those who shared the same dormitory as him tested negative for Covid 19.
  • In a large group visiting Taizé from 26 to 30 October, a young person had symptoms of Covid-19 when he returned home and was tested; the test result was positive. Young people who had close contact with him were tested, especially those who stayed in the same dormitory : results were negative. He had been invited to the meal with brothers and the brother who sat next to him was tested, and the result was negative. A few days after their return, three young people from the same group lost their sense of taste and smell; they were tested and the test result was positive. We don’t know if these young people had the virus during their stay in Taizé, but as a precaution those who stayed in the same dormitories were tested and the results were negative.

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After an unusual summer, meetings are continuing in Taizé

The summer period was unusual in Taizé due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Since youth meetings restarted in June they have taken place without difficulty but in strict compliance with “barrier gestures” which we have been able to explain as being gestures of care for others, especially those who are most vulnerable.

Each week in July and August, around 500 people arrived: mainly individuals or small groups of friends, but also some groups of young people from France, Germany, Poland, Estonia and the Netherlands. A Dutch TV crew recorded a programme for the Protestant Sunday broadcast in mid-August, centering on the the newly released recording of Taizé songs in Dutch.

The meetings will continue over the coming weeks, and this year adult participants are also welcome in November and December.

At the end of 2020, a European meeting in Taizé

As the European meeting in Turin has been postponed for a year, the Community is inviting young adults aged 18 to 30 to take part in a new stage of the pilgrimage of trust on earth: a European meeting in Taizé, from 27 December 2020 to 1 January 2021.

It is already possible to register for this event on the Taizé website-. The deadline for registration is the beginning of December. However, the number of participants will probably be limited to 500, with quotas by country, depending on our hosting capacity following the health regulations in force at the time. A series of online events will include young people from all continents in this meeting.

For those who wish it will also be possible to come the previous week, from 20 to 27 December, in order to celebrate Christmas at Taizé.

At the beginning of January, brothers of the Community will travel to different cities in Europe for prayers with songs from Taizé. If possible one prayer will be held in each country Additional information will soon be published.

A double anniversary in August

The month of August marked in Taizé a double anniversary: the 80th anniversary of the first arrival of Brother Roger in Taizé, on 20 August 1940, and the 15th anniversary of his death, on 16 August 2005. During one of his weekly meetings with young people, Brother Alois said: “This month of August, allows us in our community to give thanks to God for the life of Brother Roger, who arrived in Taizé 80 years ago. It was the beginning of a foundation that continued over the years, in successive stages.”

Some news in brief

  • At the end of August, an “online weekend” allowed 300 young adults from more than 50 countries to participate in a special programme including Bible studies, sharing groups and workshops.
  • The same weekend, another online programme was offered to families who would have liked to come to Taizé this summer but who had to postpone their stay.

Live online prayers

Prayers continue to be broadcast live from Taizé. This was started when many countries in Europe entered lockdown and it has proved to be a link of communion for many people across the world:

  • each day, it is possible to hear the midday and evening prayers by live audio from the Church of Reconciliation.
  • and every Saturday the evening prayer is broadcast (live video) at 8:30 p.m. (CEST | UTC + 2) on Taizé social networks.

Feedback on the workshops held this summer

Many workshops were held in the summer. Those presenting them included Sister Cécile Renouard from the Ecological Transition Campus, MEP Philippe Lamberts, Protestant theologian Katharina Opalka, Dr Christoph Benn, from the “Joep Lange” Institute” in Geneva, and Germain Dasylva, former FAO representative.

Every Saturday afternoon, one of the workshops workshop was broadcast online. They can still be viewed on the Taizé website.

Prayer vigil for the safeguarding of creation

All over the world, from 1 September to 4 October, Christians are gathering for prayer vigils, to reflect and to take concrete action for the safeguarding of Creation. For the third year running, we are publishing an order of prayer for such a vigil.

Prayer

Holy Spirit, in our trials you encourage us to look to Christ. His are the ups and downs, the joys and sorrows of our lives. And when the obstacles seem insurmountable, your mercy assures us that we can continue to love.

A double anniversary in Taizé

This week brings a double anniversary to Taizé: the 80th anniversary of Brother Roger’s first arrival in Taizé on August 20th, 1940, and the 15th anniversary of his death on August 16th, 2005.

Words of Brother Alois

This date of August 20th brings to mind the beginning of a foundation that had already been maturing in Brother Roger’s heart for several years. It slowly developed into a step-by-step quest, with much probing, hesitation and doubt, until the decisive moment of the first brothers’ life commitment at Easter 1949. This founding dynamism of Brother Roger then became apparent throughout his life, expressed in particular in the writing of the Rule, and later of the Sources of Taizé.

It is well worth meditating on Brother Roger’s way of doing things and letting ourselves be inspired by it. When he left his country to come to Taizé, he had no definite plan drawn up in advance. He did not know what God expected of him in the long term. He only knew that he had to start and he was ready to take a first step. By taking a first step, we discover the second and then little by little the next steps along the way. It is this approach that he pursued all his life. This is what the date of August 20th can symbolise for us.


Prayer for August 20th

Like each day, Brother Alois’ prayer is published online here.

Living God, on this day we praise you for the calling you gave to our brother Roger. Eighty years ago he came to Taizé with the desire to introduce a spiritual life in a region where women and men were victims of one of the great rifts in the world. Following in his footsteps, you invite us to be witnesses of communion, so that Christians may be united and help your peace to shine forth in humanity.


Some articles to read

In English

  • Article on the site of Vatican News

In French

  • Interview with Br Alois on the site of the Catholic Church in France
  • Article on the site of France 3 Bourgogne
  • Article on the site of cath.ch

In Italian

  • Interview with Br Alois in the Osservatore Romano