Christ Jesus, we praise you with all our being. You reveal to us in fullness what our hearts would never dare to imagine: God gives himself to us as mercy. Through the Holy Spirit he never ceases to love us and help us.
In this way you free us to seek with all our imagination how to witness to the gift you give to us. Yes, we want our life as brothers to be a reflection of your mercy, in Taizé as well as in our fraternities spread throughout the world. For that we keep coming back to praise; it widens us with these concluding words of the Psalter: “Let everything that lives and breathes praise you!”
We praise you for all the women and men who dedicate their lives to the poorest, to the excluded, to foreigners. May we too be among them. And in the great upheavals of our societies, the call of our rule resonates even more strongly within us, “Be present to your age.”
To follow you, Christ, you invite us to simplify what can be made simpler. Show us what is truly important among all the calls addressed to us.
You want us to make, in our personal lives as well as in our common life, a place for the gratuitous. Without it the joy of life vanishes. It enables us not to be afraid of the fragility of our life together.
Widen our hearts so that we may have the courage of mercy, in our life together and with all those you entrust to us.
Keep us awake and alert so we may deepen more and more our understanding of your mystery and the mystery of our humanity. May our faith always rediscover the freshness of the Gospel.
Yes, we praise you, Christ Jesus. To face the challenges, the little ones of each day and the great ones, you remind us throughout the coming year this beatitude: “Blessed are the merciful: mercy will be shown to them.”
And you enable us to repeat this prayer of our Brother Roger:
For you, Christ, accepting to lose everything in order to take hold of you—as you have already taken hold of us—means surrendering ourselves to the living God and praying with you, “Father, not what I want but what you want.” Losing everything to live for you, Christ, means daring to choose: leaving ourselves behind so as no longer to walk on two roads at once, ... saying no to whatever keeps us from following in your footsteps and yes to what leads to you and, through you, to those you entrust to us.
And now, after singing, those brothers who have made their life-commitment will make the gesture of offering themselves to God.