CULTURAL REVIEW: “PHOS HILARÒN”
“Joyful Light," is the beginning of an ancient hymn of the Greek Church that was traditionally sung at sunset when lamps were lit in the evening. Casa Madonna dell’Uliveto does the same to offer friends the opportunity of meeting and listening to music and words.
Since autumn 2002, in collaboration with the Institute of Music and Liturgy of Reggio Emilia, Casa Madonna dell'Uliveto has offered a wide cultural programme of concerts, theatre performances and meetings.
Music of the past as well as contemporary music; holy music, every kind of music that implicitly gives a voice to our spirit and let it speak; words; words from poetry, from the Bible and the great religious traditions (thanks to the collaboration of ReGiò Theatre, L’Attesa Teatro and others); and the dialogue with friends and among friends...
On the green hills of Reggio Emilia the old church of S. Maria dell’Oliveto opens its doors to Hospice patients and their families; to the many friends and supporters of the Hospice; to anyone wishing to spend a day in meditation helped by the beauty of the place and a friendly atmosphere.
ART AT THE HOSPICE
1. Farewell Room: mosaics realized by the Slovenian artist and theologian Ivan Rupnik. His most famous works are mosaics in S. Peter's (Rome), San Giovanni Rotondo basilica (Puglia Region) and Lourdes sanctuary. The stone walls and the original sixtheenth-century roof beams give the room an attractive athmosphere.
2. Maria Maddalena's astonishing stare in front of the empty grave.
3. Jesus, during the Communion with the sinner, blesses the woman who anoints his feet.
1. 'The mistery of the empty grave': on the hollow wall are depicted the white bandages with three stone on the floor, representing the empty grave.
2. The angel, sitting on the rock rolled from the grave, indicates the empty grave to say 'He's not here. He's resurrected'.
3. Lighted by a pale winter sun a seed is buried on the ground. If the grain doesn't die, he does not sprout.
1. The small Chapel with Venetian palladian floor.
2. 'From earth to heaven through Love': two wooden boards painted by Ivan Rupnik
3. The sun at the center of the cross symbolizes the light arisen from devoting ourselves to love.