A sand nativity scene for Christmas in Assisi. It was built in the large Lower Square close to the Basilica of San Francesco, thanks to the one donated by the Municipality of Jesolo and the work of three artists, specialized in sculptures of this genre, the artistic director David Ducharme, assisted by Susanne Ruseler and Ilya Filimontsev. 240 tons of sand were used to create the work depicting the Nativity.
The inauguration, together with the lighting of the tree and the now traditional videomapping on the façade of the Upper Basilica, will be held on Friday 8 December.
"Creating a sand nativity scene seemed to us the most beautiful and original way to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Greccio nativity scene," Brother Giulio Cesareo, director of the communications office of the Sacred Convent of Assisi, told ANSA. "The nativity scene," he added, "is intended to encourage encounters with the Lord for believers or in any case encounters between people. It is interesting," he continued, "that this creation will disappear on January 7, because that way the relationships that will have matured during this period will remain."
Brother Giulio is keen to emphasize that "it is construction site sand that used for the work and not beach, because respect for the environment must be maximum." "The Christmas message that starts from Assisi in this time marked by wars," he said, "is to begin to look at the world from the point of view of those who are excluded. This nativity scene invites a cultural change: just as God puts himself at the bottom of the line, only by welcoming the least will the world be more united."
Words that were echoed in the appeal of the Custos of the Sacred Convent, Brother Marco Moroni: "May it really be Christmas, silence the weapons".
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