Look very carefully at these two images and see how much of the story is revealed in this beautiful Illustration. Then read below how this wonderful work of art came about and search the project further.
The Saint John’s Bible is the first completely handwritten and illuminated Bible which was commissioned by a Benedictine abbey since the invention of the printing press.
In 1970, calligrapher Donald Jackson expressed in the media his desire to create an illuminated Bible.
Between 1996 and 1997, Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota explored the feasibility of the Bible project. Jackson first created samples, and theologians developed the illumination schema. The Saint John’s Bible was officially commissioned in 1998. The public was introduced to the project in 1999 and production was completed in 2011.
The Saint John’s Bible is divided into seven volumes and is two feet tall by three feet wide when open. The Bible is made of vellum, with 160 illuminations. The version of the Bible used is the New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSV-CE). People from many parts of the world took part in in this hand written and illuminated manuscript.
A copy of the Bible has been presented to the Pope at the Vatican in several volumes, with the final volume being presented on 17 April 2015. ‘The scriptorium of The Saint John’s Bible is located in Monmouth, Wales.
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St John 20: 11-18 (New International Version – UK)
11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
13 They asked her, ‘Woman, why are you crying?’
‘They have taken my Lord away,’ she said, ‘and I don’t know where they have put him.’ 14 At this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realise that it was Jesus.
15 He asked her, ‘Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?’
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.’
16 Jesus said to her, ‘Mary.’
She turned towards him and cried out in Aramaic, ‘Rabboni!’ (which means ‘Teacher’).
17 Jesus said, ‘Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.”’
18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: ‘I have seen the Lord!’ And she told them that he had said these things to her.
Two Taize Chants to complete the Meditation follow