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Thursday, September 29, 2016
Archbishop of Canterbury at Westminster Cathedral service for Brother Roger
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 The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, spoke during a candlelit memorial service at Westminster Cathedral, for Brother Roger of Taizé, on Friday evening. The ecumenical event was organised by Churches Together in England and Wales (CTE). Members from Christian churches of many denominations from all over Europe gathered at the Cathedral to pray for the founder of the Taizé community, Brother Roger, who was tragically killed in August. The evening began quietly with the chant: "Bless the Lord My Soul'. Introducing the service, Mark Fisher, from CTE, described Brother Roger as "a deeply-loved friend of God". In a short eulogy, Dr Rowan Williams described Brother Roger, as someone who didn't want titles or honours but was seen as "everyone's older brother." He praised the "enormous work" Brother Roger initiated at Taizé, and encouraged all Christians to follow his example and build on the work he had begun. Mgr John Arnold read a message from Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, who is currently in Rome for the Synod of Bishops. The Gospel was read by Free Churches Moderator Rev David Coffey, with extracts in Italian and French by Stephanie Debilde and Fr Andre Fulco. The following prayer first read in Taizé on the morning after Brother Roger's death, was said by Bishop Basil of Sergievo: "Christ of compassion, youenable us to be in communion with those who have gone before us, and who can remain so close to us. We entrust into your hands Brother Roger. He already contemplates the invisible. In his footsteps you are preparing us to welcome a radiance of your brightness." This was followed by the chant: 'Christe lux mundi, qui sequitur te habebit lumen vitae, lumen vitae'. A message was then read from Brother Alois of Taizé, Brother Roger's successor, expressing the gratitude of the Taizé community for the service. Thanksgiving and intercession prayers were said by the Sisters of St Andrew. There was a long silence during the service. Later chants included: 'Oh Lord hear my prayer' ; 'In the Lord I'll be ever thankful'' and 'Confitermini Domino, quoniam bonus. 'Confitermini Domino, alleluia.'
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