Long-weekend trip (pilgrimage) to Taizé in France
Taizé is a Christian community in France, see the website www.taize.fr
What follows is some information on the general plan.
We will meet on Thursday around 16:00 and drive to Bouillon in the South of Belgium near the French border. Bouillon once was home to Godfrey of Bouillon, leader of the first crusade – a small, historic place and beautifully situated at a river. We will stay the night there (in dormitories/bunkbeds).
Next morning after breakfast, morning prayer and – walk in the surroundings of Bouillon, we continue to Reims in France – approx. a 2.5 hour journey. We will visit the Cathedral the Notre Dame of Reims. This is where the coronations of French Kings took place – a very interesting place historically. But the cathedral is also an ancient place of worship and prayer. There will be time to explore the cathedral including for example the contemporary stained-glass windows by Marc Chagall and there will be an opportunity to light a candle and pray – individually -and as a group.
After Reims, we will go south – with short stops on the way. In the late afternoon, we plan to arrive in Cluny in the Bourgogne, near Taizé. Cluny is a place with a long history going back to medieval times. We will rest here for the night – again dormitory style – but not before a walk around the old city.20
The next morning, on Saturday, after morning prayer and breakfast we go to explore Taizé .
In the evening, we’ll join the special service with lights.
On Sunday morning, we join the Sunday worship with communion.
Midday it is time to go home…. we hope to arrive around midnight.
To conclude: travelling to Taizé could be more than a trip… it could be a pilgrimage, an inner- journey. It means that you could dedicate this journey to a person or a situation in your life that needs -or deserves your special attention. There will be lots of time and opportunity for introspection, devotion and prayer.
Costs are 90- for Msc-students; for PhD-students 125,- ; zoekjaar-students also welcome.
The amount includes all. We will mostly cook ourselves.
If the costs are a problem for you, do not hesitate to indicate this.
Because of the reservations – please, let me know if you would like to join soon via whatsapp, sms or e-mail.
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Time: Friday afternoon July 14 till Sunday 17 July Midnight