FOURTH PRESS RELEASE – “MOBILIA SCRIPTORIA” DURING EUROMOOT 2019
Euromoot 2019 is taking place these days, an event promoted by the Union Internationale des Guides et Scouts d’Europe – Fédération du Scoutisme Européen (UIGSE-FSE), where thousands of young people from all over the world are hiking through the historical itineraries of Central Italy, converging to Rome. On 3rd August they will be received by the Holy Father, Pope Francis, for an audience. Day after day, the participants’ journey starts with the morning Holy Mass, and continues with the hike, the daily activities, among which the workshop of “mobilia scriptoria”.
The purposes behind Euromoot 2019 “Parate Viam Domini” are several: first of all, to rediscover how to listen to Christ’s Words, through common prayers, the Liturgy of the Hours, and the workshop of “mobilia scriptoria” – a Lectio Divina with the transcription of the Gospels done by copyists; secondly, to boost scout brotherhood, sharing the values of our method and creating an educational continuum with what we lived during Eurojam 2014, a huge jamboree which gathered in France more than 12,000 UIGSE scouts and guides aged 11 to 16; thirdly, to promote the cultural and historical discovery of our common Christian heritage in Europe.
Looking at the great medieval Saints, we proposed the workshop of “mobilia scriptoria”. According to the Benedictine Rule, the scriptorium was a wide room, often the chapterhouse, lighted by many windows. Monks worked in the best places to use natural lighting, while artificial light was forbidden because it could damage the manuscript. At that time, the manuscript could be produced thanks to the work of various experts, such as the calligrapher, who produced valuable books; the copyist, who dictated and/or made the basic production; the person in charge of producing the written paper and matching the final result with the original one; the illuminator, excellent in drawing and painting, sometimes adding golden leaves; the person in charge of painting the letters in red; the person in charge of applying the gold leaf; the binder who bound the manuscript. All the necessary material was provided by the Armarius (the monastery librarian), the director of the copying process. While the experts were working of this elaborated process, they could also listen to God’s Word and ponder on it, without choosing what to copy but simply welcoming the Word. We proposed the workshop of “mobilia scriptoria” to young adults taking part in the Euromoot meeting for various reasons: we wanted to help them be focused on God’s Word during their journey, with an experience leading them to listen, to read and to write; we wanted them to be involved in a common activity not depending on the itineraries or the twinned units, but an activity for and by everybody; we also needed an actual and symbolic result for this workshop, representing the work they did together; we also wanted to offer manual work similar to the one done by the Benedictine monks, recognised as protectors of the cultural heritage of Europe.
All the participants were invited to take part in the Mobilia Scriptoria, in each fixed camp on the way, where more twinned units gather heading to Rome, called “red points”. Each itinerary is associated to one Gospel: the Way of St. Catherine of Siena to the Gospel according to Matthew; the Way of St. Francis and St. Cyril and Methodius to the Gospel according to Luke; the Way of St. Paul to the Gospel according to Mark; the Way of St. Benedict to the Gospel according to John.
Each red point has specific chapters to be copied and the Armarius will give each unit two sheets of paper (one to copy the text and one to write the meditation resulting from the Lectio Divina), the material to write and the extract to be copied, and the direction of the place where to work (the Scriptorium). The Spiritual Assistant will help the unit select their calligrapher, illustrator and copyist; and he will find a silent and private place where they can do a Lectio Divina. The calligrapher can spend time reading and copying many times the assigned passage, while the others can ponder on it and share their meditations. After this, the calligrapher and the illustrator will go to the Scriptorium to write and illustrate the two sheets.
In this way, rangers and rovers will write with their own hands the four Gospels, and also add their personal notes. The final result will be bound and offered to the Holy Father on 3rd August.
This will be a present made personally by all the participants, through which we can show up the educational peculiarities of our UIGSE-FSE method: loyalty to Christ’s Words; ability to educate the single person in a community action; care for manual work and beauty; to be prepared to/prepare the Way of the Lord – Parate Viam Domini.
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