The St. John’s Bible Heritage Edition is the first hand-illuminated bible commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in 500 years. You have a chance to see it while it’s on display at several locations around the Archdiocese of St. Louis during 2017! An excerpt from a press release sent out by the Archdiocese of St. Louis reads:
“The St. John’s Bible was commissioned by the Benedictine monks of Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota in the 1990s and was completed in 2011. The original manuscript of seven volumes remains at St. John’s University, but 299 sets were created as a ‘Heritage Edition’ for travel and display around the world.
The St. John’s Bible was the vision of artist and calligrapher Donald Jackson, who led the international team that painstakingly created every aspect of the manuscript. Jackson is the scribe of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and is one of the world’s foremost calligraphers. He has described an ‘illumination’ as the way light plays off of the pages as they are turned.”
The Gospels and Acts volume will be the on display in St. Louis throughout 2017 at locations including the Cardinal Rigali Center, St. Louis Priory School, Mercy Hospital, and the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.
Visit the Archdiocese of St. Louis website to learn more about the work of art and find out when and where you can see it!