Taizé Atlanta April 2022

Holy Week Blessings to All!

Online in Holy Week with the Taizé Community: You can listen every day at 2:30 EST to a live audio broadcast of the evening prayer from the Church of Reconciliation in Taizé. All this can be accessed on their main page and clicking either on the “Prayer live from Taizé” green button each day at 2:30 EST or to one of the options just below it to hear recordings.

You might enjoy this Holy Thursday Bible reflection by Br. Jean-Marie, who is one of the American brothers.

On Sunday there will be a recording of the Taizé Easter Eucharist on the Taizé YouTube page here .

Local Atlanta update: Since the Third Monday falls on Easter Monday this year, there will not be a prayer at the Cathedral of St. Philip. Stay tuned for prayers in May.

A prayer from Br. Alois:

God of love, you have placed a longing in us, and we offer it to you as our prayer. Send your Holy Spirit so that we may live in a way that is no longer centred on ourselves. May your Spirit make our hearts attentive to those who are hoping for consolation.

May you have a Blessed Triduum!

March 2022 Taizé Prayers in person in Atlanta

Peace lamp in the Church of Reconciliation, Taizé

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 7:00 PM

Mt .Vernon Presbyterian Church, 471 Mt. Vernon Highway NE Sandy Springs, GA 30328. 

Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church hosts a Taizé service every second Tuesday at 7:00PM in their main sanctuary. Contact: Rev. Barrett Abernethy at barrett@mvpchurch.org

Thursday, March 10, 2022 at 7:00 PM

Lenten Taizé Prayer, St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 636 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. Decatur, GA.

St. Thomas More Catholic Church will host a Lenten Taizé Prayer service with the Taizé Atlanta musicians.  Please join us for a prayer of song and silence with guitar, and cello. It will be wonderful to gather in person! Please wear a mask. We will pray together in the very spacious main sanctuary.

The prayer service will also be live-streamed from the church’s live-streaming web page: https://www.stmgaparish.org/masses-and-homilies/ Contact:  Lisa Persons: (404)218-5527.

Monday, March 21, 2022 at 8:00 PM

The Cathedral of St. Philip, Mikell Chapel, 2744 Peachtree Rd, NW Atlanta, Georgia 30305. 

Labyrinth Walk at 7:00 p.m. in Childs Hall, Taizé at 8:00 p.m. in Mikell Chapel. Every 3rd Monday. Masks optional.

Join us in Child Hall for an hour of walking the sacred labyrinth path. Then, come to Mikell Chapel for Taizé Prayers for Peace. Contact: Jeannie Mahood: JMahood@cathedralatl.org

In view of the acts of war in Ukraine, Brother Alois said the following prayer during the midday prayer in Taizé on Thursday, February 24.

God of love, we are disconcerted by the violence in our world, and especially now by the acts of war in Ukraine. Enable us to stand in solidarity with those who suffer, and who live today in fear and anxiety. Sustain the hope of all those, in this beloved part of the world, who seek justice and peace. Send the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of peace, to inspire the leaders of nations and all human beings.

Prayers restarting at Cathedral of St. Philip!

Third Monday Labyrinth & Taizé Returns on Monday, November 15, 2021

Labyrinth Walk at 7:00 p.m. and Taizé at 8:00 p.m.

Get your week off to a peaceful start with a labyrinth walk and Taizé this Monday, November 15. Walking the labyrinth is a metaphor for our life journey, where spiritual questions are answered and peace emerges from within. Join us from 7-7:45 p.m. and bring a friend!

A brief orientation for labyrinth newcomers will be at 6:45 p.m.

The Taizé prayer service starts at 8 p.m. in Cathedral Nave (note change in location). Originating in Taizé, France, this simple service of scripture, music, and candlelight will bring a beautiful and prayerful close to your Monday. The Taizé service will be livestreamed here if you can’t attend in person. 

The labyrinth walk and Taizé will once again take place every third Monday at the Cathedral. 

You are also welcome to tune in virtually at this LINK.

Taizé Prayer on Zoom on Monday, September 27

Dear Friends and Family, 

We are very pleased to offer a second Lourdes Virtual Taizé Prayer this year – on Monday, September 27 at 8:00 p.m. EDT.  Please join us for the beautiful chants, the readings from scripture, the brief period of meditative silence and the petitions for healing in our troubled world.  
We hope that you will join us for this Taizé prayer experience, and that you will invite others who may also want to join.  
On Monday the 27th as of 7:55 p.m. EDT you may join us at the following ZOOM address:Join Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/4730267964
Meeting ID: 473 026 7964

We hope to see you there.  
Kind regards and blessings,
Bill and Mary Moon, Soyini Coke, Charles Absher, Martial Toulouse, Lisa Persons

New Taizé service: Mt. Vernon Presbyterian

Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church started an online Taizé service during the pandemic lockdown and recently transitioned to hold a monthly prayer in person. They will be meeting every second Tuesday at 7:00PM.

“We look forward to welcoming anyone connected to the Taizé Atlanta community!”

Mt. Vernon Presbyterian is located at 471 Mt. Vernon Highway NE Sandy Springs, GA 30328

For more information, contact: Rev. Barrett Abernethy. You can call the church at 404-476-1652 or email him at barrett@mvpchurch.org.

Monday Night Prayer 4/19/21 on Zoom!

Hi Everyone,
If you’ve been missing our Monday night Taize prayers as much as I have, we have just the thing for you!   On Monday, April 19th at 8:00 PM, Charles Absher and some of the other Monday night regulars will have a Zoom service.  Details are below.   Hope you can make it!

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Holy Week and Easter in Taizé

The Easter procession in Taizé.

Greetings! We would like everyone to know about ways to connect with the Taizé Community in France during Holy Week. They will be having daily streamed prayers on the Taizé YouTube channel and Bible reflections either from Taizé Brothers or Sisters of St. Andrew. Young adults will also offer reflections. See at the bottom of this email for one of their Lenten reflections. Very lively and enriching to watch.

Taking part online in Holy Week – Use a time zone convertor to know when to tune in LIVE or you can watch a recording at your convencience-

At 12 noon during Holy Week and on Easter morning, there will be a live video broadcast of the prayer from the Church of Reconciliation in Taizé. This will be streamed on YouTube along with all other broadcasts and recordings.

Each morning of Holy Week, a video will be put online with a short Bible meditation by a Taizé brother or a Sister of St Andrew. 

During Lent 2021, there have been wonderful Bible reflections. You can watch the Bible reflections on the Taizé YouTube channel. Below is the one from this week. Tune in daily during Holy Week. We will also have links on the Atlanta Taizé Facebook page. Please follow for more frequent updates.

We look forward to being able to gather again!

Blessings all,

Lisa Persons

Invitation to European Meeting Online!

Nativity Icon from the church in Taizé

Christmas greetings from the Taizé Atlanta prayer community! We miss gathering with you to sing and pray… Hopefully we will be able to gather in some form of in-person prayer in the next few months!

We wanted you to be sure to know about this year’s Taizé European Meeting which will take place online from December 27-January 1. All have the chance to participate by tuning in online to pray and hear reflections.  It will be a time to have your hope renewed!

The theme this year is, “Hoping in season and out of season.”  In addition to daily prayer and Bible reflection, there will be streamed workshops on issues of migration, violence, cooperation, and many other themes. You will hear voices of people from around the globe sharing their experiences, their work and their hope. Many more details about the workshops and prayers can be found on the Taize Community’s Facebook page as well as their website. Please check them both out.

The daily program for the meeting is listed on this page. All the listed events will accessible on Youtube here each day. 

You can download and print this song booklet so that you can sing along with the prayers.

The European Meeting happens each year in different major cities. This year it was supposed to happen in Turin, Italy but had to be postponed. Instead this online meeting will give many a chance to taste the hope-filled gathering of young adults from around the world. It will be a rich and nourishing medicine to close out this year and head into 2021. We hope you can partake!

Don’t forget to check out Taizé Atlanta’s Facebook page for local updates.

Sending Christmas Blessings and prayers to you all!

Pentecost Blessings!

Many blessings on this day when the Holy Spirit came to renew the face of the earth! “Christ is risen from the dead and he carries the suffering of all of us and the suffering of the world today.” Br. Alois from Taizé invites us to join together and be renewed by the Spirit. “May it help us to deepen our trust in life and in God…. The Holy Spirit will come and renew the face of the earth and help us to have imagination and courage to change what needs to be changed in our world and in our personal lives.”

In Atlanta churches have had to pause their Taizé prayers due to Covid-19. As we wait for time to come back together, I encourage you to explore praying with people from around the world through the Taizé Community live-streamed prayers. You can join the brothers in France each day at 2:30 EST for their evening prayer. They will continue to stream the prayers throughout the summer. Here is the link to the daily service and a song list for the prayer.

This past weekend the Taizé Community hosted a virtual Pentecost retreat with prayers, Bible reflections, a workshop and a small group reflection for young adults joining in from home. Here is the page where you can see each of the events and connect to the recordings. The retreat will give you a taste of the bible reflections and meetings that are typical of Taizé. Enjoy!

This link will take you to the introductory Bible reflection with Br. Timothy.

Here is a beautiful virtual Pentecost choir that was posted today. 54 young people from 36 different countries sing together “Veni Sancte Spiritus” from their homes.

As we continue forward in this time full of uncertainty and unrest, may we listen deeply to those around the world and in our communities who are most in need of hope and may our imaginations be lit on fire by the Holy Spirit who was sent to us to guide us.


Lisa Persons

Taizé Atlanta to present at Chantlanta 2020

This year, Chantlanta invited us to offer a one hour workshop as part of their chant weekend in Virginia Highlands. We are presenting on Sunday, March 15, 2020 from 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM. We would love to see you there! During our workshop we (Lisa Persons and Soyini Coke) will give a brief story about the Taize Community and their work of reconciliation around the world. Our team of musicians (Charles Absher and Chris Palmer) will lead us in chants, sacred reading and brief silence.

We look forward to sharing this tradition to lovers of chant who will be new to the Taizé form of prayer. We’d love to have the support of regulars!

The weekend is full of various chant offerings in different traditions. You register by individual workshop. To join our workshop, look for us and register here:

All Proceeds from workshop reservations go directly to ChantLanta’s charity partner: http://www.thelearningtea.com

Hope you can come! Write us if you have any questions.