News from Taizé by Email | June 2020

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Easing of the lockdown: it is now possible to come and stay in Taizé

As part of the easing of the lockdown in France, it is once again possible to come to Taizé []. From 14 June, the programme will include the usual elements, while taking into account the restrictions related to sanitary measures and with possible changes to schedules.

At present we need volunteers: young people from 18 to 28 years old who are ready to stay for a few weeks or longer. Apart from all the practical tasks of welcoming visitors, a stay as a volunteer in Taizé is also a good time to reflect on the next stages of your life, through personal reflection, regular common prayer and sharing with others. More information on volunteering in Taizé is online here [].

Since we were unable to accommodate any visitors in April and May, we are extending the time when adults over the age of 30 may come to Taizé this year: they are welcome between 1 November and 20 December in addition to the usual dates for 2020 []. We ask everyone planning to visit to register in advance [].

Summer 2020 | Health measures

All those who come to Taizé this summer will need to abide by the measures of physical distancing [] and the hygiene guidelines. These “barrier measures” are to protect others, especially those who are most vulnerable. For the meetings to be opened in Taizé this summer it is important that all respect these sanitary measures.

Live prayers

Up till now, since mid-March, each evening prayer was broadcast live, here [] and on social networks. We are grateful for the communion shared in this way with many people around the world.

This has now been discontinued, but instead there are two ways to share the Community’s prayer:
- every day, at 12:20 and 20:30 French time (CEST | UTC + 2), a live audio of the midday and evening prayers from the Church of Reconciliation, through a new interface on the Taizé website []
- every Saturday at 20:30 (CEST | UTC + 2) a live video of the evening prayer with the light of the Resurrection, on the Taizé Facebook and Instagram pages.

Five years after Laudato Si’

For the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’” Brother Alois published an article [] in various European media including on “TheTablet” blog [] in Britain. “Five years ago, Pope Francis published his encyclical Laudato Si’” in which he addressed "an urgent invitation to a new dialogue on how we are building the future of the planet.” (...) This call is more urgent today than ever. And the crisis created by the Covid-19 pandemic suddenly highlights how vulnerable our common home is.

In addition, to mark this anniversary, an exhibition is currently on display around the Church of Reconciliation in Taizé: it includes twenty large format photos by Yann Arthus-Bertrand illustrating extracts from the encyclical.

A weekend meeting online for Pentecost

Something unprecedented was offered online for the Pentecost weekend: evening prayers, bible reflections, theme workshops, small sharing groups. Here were the key times [] of this weekend Other ideas are in the pipeline.

The exhibition shop reopened in Taizé

Since 11 May, the shop selling the work of the brothers has been open in Taizé. Currently, the shop is open Monday to Saturday from 11am to 12noon, and from 2:30pm to 7pm (6pm on Sundays).

A new album in Dutch

A new album with songs of Taizé has just been published: 16 songs, mainly in Dutch language, including “Adem in ons” (Atme in uns) which gives the album its title. There are two supports: on CD [] and on a bamboo USB stick []. A video has been published posted on YouTube [] to give an overview of the songs included.


Holy Spirit comforter, on this day of Pentecost, we welcome your presence. As Jesus promised us, you give us the joy that remains, deep in our being. It even carries us through our trials. You do not impose yourself, you come to strengthen us, you defend the dignity of each human being. And, in our great diversity, it is in you that we find unity and peace.

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