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 Meeting
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

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:

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

Report from Atlanta Pilgrimage

Photo is of Br. John and Br. Emile of Taize at the tomb of MLK, Jr.

We had a wonderful week of prayer and conversations with Br. John and Br. Emile in early October. So grateful for everyone who came out and traveled the pilgrimage road to new places in our city. People came from North Carolina, South Georgia and Tennessee. What a hopeful time of prayer and blessing.

The brothers came to support those who have been gathering for prayer in our city over the past 25 years and to broaden and deepen our connections with one another and with the greater work of the Taizé Community in their efforts to build peace and reconciliation around the world. 

We had three great evenings of prayer and conversation on themes of Pilgrimage, Trust and Hospitality at Central Pres, the Cathedral of St. Philip and St. Thomas More. A bit of excitement was an 11th hour power outage at St. Thomas More. Many thanks to First Christian Church – just down the street – to opening their doors and making it work! A truly ecumenical effort.

During the day, the brothers visited places of hope and met people of hope. They led a bible study at Covenant House Atlanta with homeless youth, and visited Memorial Drive Ministries, learning about a phenomenal and creative partnership in Clarkston between a church and several non-profits seeking to help refugees and immigrants. They met with young adults doing service and study and one evening had dinner with the L’Ache Atlanta community. They also made contacts with young orthodox and priests in the city for a pan-orthodox national gathering.

They made their own pilgrimage to the King Center and Martin Luther King, Jr’s tomb. Finally, on Saturday morning they led a small workshop with alumni of the Youth Theology Initiative and Candler students and staff. 

We are encouraging people to consider making their own pilgrimage to Taizé in France! A visit is a wonderful, faith-renewing experience during which you meet the world in one place and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Christian faith lived in a parable of communion. 

If you took any photos during this weeks events – please message this page. We would love a couple of pictures of the prayer spaces. 

blessings all,
Lisa and Co.

Alert: last minute venue change for Taize event tonight

Alert! Tonight the prayer had to be moved due to a power outage to the church. It will be just down the street from St. Thomas More at:

First Christian Church of Decatur.
601 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, Georgia 30030

Please park on the street, or at the post office or up at St. Thomas More on the street. There will be people with signs.

We will allow extra time for people to find their way.

Thank you for your patience! This space will be even better for our prayer!