Con questo post si conclude la pubblicazione dei materiali prodotti durante il corso di formazione “The Journey never ends” sul tema del dialogo interculturale e interreligioso in Europa, primo progetto in Italia di Don Bosco Youth-Net organizzato direttamente dalla nostra associazione TGS e co-finanziato dal Programma Erasmus+, svoltosi tra Mogliano Veneto e Venezia dal 4 all’11 Agosto 2019 con il patrocinio della Città di Venezia, della Regione del Veneto e del Consiglio d’Europa Ufficio di Venezia.
Abbiamo ripercorso l’intera esperienza dello scambio giovanile attraverso foto, video e testi prodotti dalle sessioni di workshop a cui hanno preso parte i giovani partecipanti.
Dopo aver ammirato le più belle fotografie scattate nel corso dell’intera settimana trascorsa tra Mogliano e Venezia (vedi precedente post: “The Journey Never Ends” workshop: highlights”), abbiamo dato resoconto delle visite di studio effettuate in occasione della prima giornata trascorsa a Venezia, Mercoledì 7 Agosto 2019: gli incontri con la Comunità Ebraica (“The Journey Never Ends workshop – parte prima“), con la comunità monastica della Chiesa Armena (“The Journey Never Ends workshop – parte seconda“) e con il Consiglio d’Europa Ufficio di Venezia (“The Journey Never Ends workshop – parte terza”). Infine abbiamo dato resoconto delle visite di studio effettuate nella seconda giornata trascorsa a Venezia, Sabato 10 Agosto 2019: dopo l’incontro con l’Amministrazione Comunale della Città di Venezia (“The Journey Never Ends workshop – parte quarta”), ecco a voi un video e un breve testo sulla visita conclusiva alla Basilica di San Marco: alla lettura sapienzale dei mosaici è seguita la celebrazione della Santa Messa, momento conclusivo dell’intera settimana dello scambio giovanile.
With the present blog post, we wrap up the publication of the materials produced during the training course “The Journey never ends” on intercultural and inter-religious dialogue in Europe, the first Don Bosco Youth-Net project in Italy directly organised by TGS. Co-founded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. It took place in Mogliano Veneto and Venice from 4th to 11 th August 2019 under the patronage of the Town of Venice, Regione Veneto and Council of Europe Office in Venice.
We recalled the youth exchange experience through pictures, videos and texts produced by the young participants during the workshop sessions.
After admiring the most beautiful photographs taken during the entire week spent between Mogliano and Venice (see previous post: “The Journey Never Ends” workshop: highlights”), we reported about the first day out in Venice on Wednesday 7th August 2019, including visits to Venice with the Jewish community (“The Journey Never Ends workshop – parte prima“), the monastic community of the Armenian Church (“The Journey Never Ends workshop – parte seconda“) and the Council of Europe Office in Venice (“The Journey Never Ends workshop – parte terza”). Finally, we recalled the study visits planned on the second day we spent in Venice, Saturday 10th August 2019: after our meeting with the Municipal Administration of the City of Venice (“The Journey Never Ends workshop – parte quarta”), here is a video and a short essay about the final visit to St. Mark’s Basilica: after a divine reading of the mosaics, we celebrated the Holy Mass as the final moment of the whole week of the youth exchange.
On Saturday 10th August we visited St Mark’s Basilica which is located in St Mark’s Square, in Venice. We were given a private tour by Fr Giuseppe, who explained some of the basilica’s mosaics. The purpose of this visit was to learn about and appreciate the works of art within the basilica.
Upon entrance we were fascinated by the intricate design and attention to detail of the mosaics and reliefs. Fr Giuseppe started by introducing the techniques the mosaics, from concept creation to project development. The process is started with 19 grams of gold, that is 1 cm3, which is pressed into a very thin layer of gold leaf; then glass is poured onto the layer of gold, and it is inserted in an oven to cure. Finally, the leaf is broken into pieces which are then used to create the designs. These mosaics were created at around the year 1000 A.D. and were heavily influenced by the Byzantine style. Fr Giuseppe explained to us the different types of mosaics, which are made using various materials. The mosaics are all representations of the Bible and some of them depict stories from the apocrypha. Some of the mosaics also promote Venice in a subtle way, by showing some traditional symbols that represent the city, such as the lion, which is indicated as the first animal created by God.
We concluded our visit by celebrating the holy mass, which was held in the crypt, that is under the water level of the canals. Mass was celebrated in several languages, including the songs, which goes hand in hand with the aim of our project being intercultural and interreligious dialogue
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