Musicians in “dialog” in spiritual locations
Assisi Pax Mundi is preparing its third edition. The theme for 2016 will be: “(Blessed) is who forgive for your love” (Canticle of Creatures)
Mindful of their tradition, the Franciscan families of Assisi, with the collaboration of the Choir of the Basilica of San Francesco, sponsor the 2nd International Festival of Sacred Music, a non-competitive event in which, both choral and instrumental groups can participate from any country and nation.
Purpose of this festival is to contribute to the promotion of the sacred music culture, in particular the one tied to the inspiration or for composition to the figure of Saint Francis and the Franciscan world. Through the meeting of the various choral and instrumental groups, to give testimony, that it is possible to enhance and develop a culture of peace and cooperation between peoples and cultures in the spirit of Assisi.
This year festival’s third edition is included into the context of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy announced by Pope Francisco. The event in Assisi will be enriched by the anniversary of the eighth Centenary of the “Absolution of Assisi”, the moment when Saint Francisco obtained the indulgence in the little Porziuncola. “I want to send you all, my brothers, to Paradise”: Saint Francisco’s words express the wish of God to have all his loved sons with Him, saved and blessed.
“Mercy is the supreme act by which God comes toward us (in Jesus that is God’s Mercy face). Mercy is the fundamental law that lives in the heart of all people who look at his brothers with a sincere gaze. Mercy is the way that connects God to Men because it opens our heart to the hope to be loved in spite of our sins” (Misericordiæ vultus, 2). Pope Francisco’s words perfectly suit with those of the Canticle of Creatures: received Mercy becomes Forgiveness when we sincerely connect to our brothers. They want to inspire the dialogue by the music to all participants of this edition of Assisi Pax Mundi.
The festival will be held from the 13th to the 16th of October 2016, with concerts that will be held during various moments of the day in various Franciscan locations in and around Assisi. Culmination of the festival will be the final concert, which will see the participation of all groups enrolled. The event will conclude with a solemn Eucharistic Celebration in the Upper Basilica of San Francesco and the execution of the Canticle of the Creatures of Fr. Domenico Stella, with the participation of all the choirs and instrumental groups.
Registration is already open.