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Taizé Prayer at The Esquiline

Taizé Prayer

The Esquiline is proud to provide many faith-focused activities for our senior residents. Founded by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and situated on the campus of the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, there is a deliberate focus on spirituality and faith at The Esquline.

Origin of Taizé Prayer

Taizé prayer is just one of the spiritual activities offered in the continuing care retirement community. The Taizé tradition began when 25-year-old Roger Louis Schütz-Marsauche, a Reformed Protestant, left his home in Switzerland and traveled to Taizé, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France, in 1940 to help WWII refugees and other suffering people. There in the village, he founded an ecumenical monastic order composed of celibate brothers from Catholic and Protestant traditions from all over the world. The order is dedicated to service and promoting cooperation and understanding among divided peoples, particularly divided Christians.

How It Works

This prayer service is different from other formats. Worshipers gather in candlelight to sing songs and chant, creating an environment that invites meditation and reflection. There will also be a long period of absolute silence, allowing for individual reflection and prayer. No sermon, no liturgy.  Attendees find Taizé prayer at The Esquiline calm and refreshing.

During a visit to the Taizé community in 1986, Pope John Paul II said:

“…One passes through Taizé as one passes close to a spring of water. The traveller stops, quenches his thirst and continues on his way. The brothers of the community, you know, do not want to keep you. They want, in prayer and silence, to enable you to drink the living water promised by Christ, to know his joy, to discern his presence, to respond to his call, then to set out again to witness to his love and to serve your brothers and sisters in your parishes, your schools, your universities, and in all your places of work.”

The Esquiline Is Open to Residents of All Faiths

Despite our Catholic roots, The Esquiline openly invites people of all faiths to join us in honoring every person. As a continuing care retirement community, we are committed to promoting residents; physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual wellness. Are you looking for a faith-based retirement community? Contact us online or call 618.394.6400 or 1.800.533.6279