Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Frère Roger has entered the life of eternity

During the evening prayer on Tuesday 16 August, in the midst of thecrowd surrounding the Community in the Church of Reconciliation, a woman - probably mentally disturbed - struck Brother Roger violently with knife blows. He died a few moments later.

In its sorrow, the Taizé Community thanks all those who aresupporting it by their affection and their prayer. On the morning of 17 August, after Brother Roger's death, the following prayer was readin the church:

"Christ of compassion, you enable us to be in communion with thosewho have gone before us, and who can remain so close to us. Weconfide into your hands our Brother Roger. He already contemplates the invisible. In his footsteps, you are preparing us to welcome aradiance of your brightness."

The funeral of Brother Roger will take place on Tuesday 23 August at 14.00.Each afternoon, from 15.00 to 19.00, his body is placed in the church of Taizé, so that all who wish may go and meditate close by him.

Eight years ago, Brother Roger designated Brother Alois to succeedhim, as the person in charge of the community. Brother Alois hasentered straight away into his ministry as servant of communion at the heart of the community.


Anonymous Jamie Arpin-Ricci said...

To live a life of such selfless service, then to be struck down so violently. It is hard to comprehend. I pray that his life well outshine his death.


9:50 AM  
Blogger Friar Tuck said...

So sad

9:21 PM  
Blogger jon said...

Sounds a bit like Jesus.

9:37 AM  
Blogger Bryan said...

I was very sad to read about this. Tragic. My thoughts and prayers are with members of his family and those in his community.

11:49 AM  

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