Minnesota’s Taizé Cross

The Taizé Community in France is an ecumenical monastic community of more than 80 Brothers from 30 nations. Their principal ministry is to young adults, who come by the thousands from all parts of the world to spend a week with the Brothers in worship, in Bible study, and in fellowship. The Community has developed the well-known Sung Prayers of Taizé, simple meditative chants that have spread to worship services in churches around the world.

In the 1980’s, Brother Eric (for many years the principal artist at the Taizé Community) made two five-foot-tall, painted, wooden Crosses. One of them has traditionally been used at their Friday Evening Prayer for “Praying around the Cross.” In 2001, a small group from Minnesota invited the Brothers to come to Minnesota for an 11-day Pilgrimage for Peace. During the group’s preliminary visit to Taizé, Brother Eric told the Rev. Robert Nervig (a retired Lutheran pastor and his long-time friend) that the second Cross—made as a back-up—had never been used. Ensuing discussions ended with the ELCA Bishop’s Office, Minneapolis Synod, and Westminster’s Thin Places purchasing the Cross and bringing it to Minnesota.

Since then, Minnesota’s Taizé Cross has been used by Lutheran, Methodist, Catholic, and Presbyterian churches in their own worship services, and by Luther Seminary and St. Paul’s Monastery for Praying around the Cross. Its intimate connection to the Taizé Community itself makes it a special addition to a local worship service.

If you are interested in borrowing it for worship at your church or prayer group, contact the Rev. Dr. Meghan Gage-Finn at MGage-Finn@wpc-mpls.org  or  612.322.3421. Here is more information about the cross as well as the reservation form.

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