Welcome! Bienvenue! Bienvenido! About the brothers and our gathering…
On April 27-28, 2018, Messiah Lutheran welcomed two brothers from the Ecumenical Community of Taizé in France along with young adult (18-35 years of age) pilgrims from across the region for a special prayer gathering. This event helped mark our fiftieth year in ministry and their community’s fiftieth year welcoming young adult pilgrims in France.
The Taizé Community is an ecumenical Christian monastic community in Taizé, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France. It is composed of more than one hundred brothers, from Catholic and Protestant traditions, who originate from about thirty countries across the world. It was founded in 1940 by Brother Roger Schütz, a Reformed Protestant.
Many young people come to Taizé every year, but how can they be encouraged to pray and work with others in the places where they live? The notion of a pilgrimage of trust wants to address this concern through large and small prayer gatherings throughout the world. At these, participants are invited to encounter others, and in doing so often discover much more. The pilgrimage of trust is first of all a meeting; with the Risen Christ and with others. Thanks to the times of prayer together, we make ourselves available for God. Through sharing and hospitality, everyone agrees to overcome barriers and differences in order to welcome and enrich one another.
“As we continue the pilgrimage of trust on earth that brings together young people from many countries, we understand more and more deeply this reality: all humanity forms a single family and God lives within every human being without exception” (Brother Alois, Letter from Kolkata).
For Brother Roger, the founder, it was essential not to organize a movement around the community. On the contrary, after taking part in one of the stages of the pilgrimage of trust, each person is invited to go home and live out what he or she has grasped of the Gospel; and to do this with an increased awareness of the life that dwells within them and of the practical gestures of solidarity they can put into practice in their own immediate environment.
In many countries, young adults come together on a regular basis for prayer with songs from Taizé, while remaining in touch with the reality of the local Church. When the meetings in Taizé permit, brothers go off to visit these young people, to support them in their quest. These meetings are like small steps in the pilgrimage of trust; they make it possible to deepen our commitment together in the Church, and to visit local churches.
The brothers wish to support the search for peace and reconciliation wherever it exists, and so this year, they came to the Richmond metro-region, right here to our little church in Mechanicsville. Pictures of our event can be found on our photo gallery.
You can get to know a bit more about the community at their website and from the introductory video below.
Our Event Schedule:
Friday, April 27:
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Check-in/Onsite Registration/Supper on your own
7:00 pm Introduction & Evening Prayer
Saturday, April 28:
Breakfast on your own
8:30 am – Late Check-in/Onsite Registration
9:00 am to 10:00 am – Morning Prayer
10 am to 11:00 am – Bible Reflection
11:00 am to 12:00 pm – Small Group
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm – Lunch
1:00 pm – Midday Prayer
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm – Signs of Hope in RVA (Panel Discussion)
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Small Group
5:00 pm to 5:30 pm – Song Practice
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm – Dinner
7:00 pm – Evening Prayer