News from Taize

 

Prayer
              with the Anafora Community Brother Alois, and just over 100 young adults from Europe have recently returned from a pilgrimage to Egypt where they met with young Coptic Egyptian Christians. During the same journey, br. Alois was also able to visit Sudan and South Sudan.
Some young members of the Bruderhof participated in the Birmingham weekend last April, and a friendship has arisen. We hope to hold a young adult weekend together, hosted by Darvell Bruderhof in East Sussex (train station: Robertsbridge), where about 350 people live in community – men, women and children. It would be for 18-35 year-olds and held 9/10 – 11 March, 2018. Please send me a short message if this is something you might like to do, so that we can judge the level of interest and see whether to go ahead. Darvell
              Bruderhof
Archbishop Sentamu
Archbishop Sentamu’s media team have made this 3 minute video to invite students to join the national Church of England Schools Pilgrimage.
The School Weeks will continue next summer in Taizé, and we wish to attract new UK schools and academies. Please help make the 2018 Information for teachers and teachers widely known.
Of particular note:
• 1-8 July: schools wishing to include Muslim students are especially invited this week, as the weekend 5-8 July will be an Islamic/Christian friendship weekend in Taizé.
• 15-22 July, the Archbishop of York will lead a national pilgrimage for CofE schools. Contact: jemma.adams@churchofengland.org for details, and possible travel subsidy.
Julian (Australia) and Melchior (France), two long-stay volunteers at Taizé will be making visits to schools in England, 5-18 November, meeting with students in Years 10-13. They will be in Wakefield, York, Stockport, Telford, Leamington Spa, Norfolk, Essex, Cambridge, Kent, London, etc.
There is some time free in their schedule, in particular on Thu 16 November. If your school would like a visit, contact Jane Shields, 01924 377921, jane@laloge.co.uk
Julian
              and Melchior

with best wishes,
Paolo

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Taste and See: Rest and nourishment

Living Eucharist

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On this mountain,
the Lord of hosts will prepare for all peoples
a banquet of rich food.
On this mountain he will remove
the mourning veil covering all peoples,
and the shroud enwrapping all nations,
he will destroy Death for ever.
The Lord will wipe away
the tears from every cheek;
he will take away his people’s shame
everywhere on earth,
for the Lord has said so.
That day, it will be said: See, this is our God
in whom we hoped for salvation;
the Lord is the one in whom we hoped.
We exult and we rejoice
that he has saved us.

First reading for 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Isaiah 25:6-10

We might be so attracted by the glory of the meal that we might miss for whom the Lord prepares it. It is for those in sorrow; those captive of sin or despairing. From the valley of…

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Speak Lord: Master of the feast

Living Eucharist

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On this mountain,
the Lord of hosts will prepare for all peoples
a banquet of rich food.
On this mountain he will remove
the mourning veil covering all peoples,
and the shroud enwrapping all nations,
he will destroy Death for ever.
The Lord will wipe away
the tears from every cheek;
he will take away his people’s shame
everywhere on earth,
for the Lord has said so.
That day, it will be said: See, this is our God
in whom we hoped for salvation;
the Lord is the one in whom we hoped.
We exult and we rejoice
that he has saved us.

First reading for the 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Isaiah 25:6-10

Those who like a good meal will find hope and encouragement in this prophesy!

But let us note that this is not just a meal for you or me and ours – but for us, for…

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Speak Lord: Shepherd

Living Eucharist

DSC08504 Sacred Heart Aston.jpgIn the Lord’s own house shall I dwell for ever and ever.

The Lord is my shepherd;
there is nothing I shall want.
Fresh and green are the pastures
where he gives me repose.
Near restful waters he leads me,
to revive my drooping spirit.

In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell for ever and ever.

He guides me along the right path;
he is true to his name.
If I should walk in the valley of darkness
no evil would I fear.
You are there with your crook and your staff;
with these you give me comfort.

In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell for ever and ever.

You have prepared a banquet for me
in the sight of my foes.
My head you have anointed with oil;
my cup is overflowing.

In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell for ever and ever.

Surely goodness and…

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Speak Lord: Mature, and choose service…

Living Eucharist

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I know how to be poor and I know how to be rich too. I have been through my initiation and now I am ready for anything anywhere: full stomach or empty stomach, poverty or plenty. There is nothing I cannot master with the help of the One who gives me strength. All the same, it was good of you to share with me in my hardships. In return my God will fulfil all your needs, in Christ Jesus, as lavishly as only God can. Glory to God, our Father, for ever and ever. Amen.

Second reading for the 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Philippians 4:12-14,19-20

One of the challenges faced by many adult Catholic Britons is hat we have received the Sacraments of Initiation but have not (yet!) been well initiated into the Christian life. The lack of formation for maturity in our individual and collective lives in the…

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Taste and See: live from the good!

Living Eucharist

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There is no need to worry; but if there is anything you need, pray for it, asking God for it with prayer and thanksgiving, and that peace of God, which is so much greater than we can understand, will guard your hearts and your thoughts, in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, fill your minds with everything that is true, everything that is noble, everything that is good and pure, everything that we love and honour, and everything that can be thought virtuous or worthy of praise. Keep doing all the things that you learnt from me and have been taught by me and have heard or seen that I do. Then the God of peace will be with you.

Second reading for the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Philippians 4:6-9

People regularly think of God and God’s love as he and his love were like us, but just  somewhat better.

Yet…

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Taste and See: The offer of friendship

Living Eucharist

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Alleluia, alleluia!
I call you friends, says the Lord,
because I have made known to you
everything I have learnt from my Father.
Alleluia!

Gospel Acclamation for the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Jn15:15

Jesus does the honour of calling us friends, of entrusting us with everything he has learnt from the Father. He holds nothing back.

The first reading and Gospel reading at Mass on Sunday spoke of well tended vineyards, which for one reason of another failed to give the expected return.

  • What return do we make for the offer of friendship that the Lord extends to us.
  • Do we take it for what we can get out of it?
  • Or does love meet with love, trust with matching trust?

Detail of Rose Window. St Vincent de Paul, Marseille. (c) 2017, Allen Morris.

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