Community celebrates anniversary of commissioning of Saint John’s Bible

“Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God.” This quote from Micah 6:8 was the theme for a special service Oct. 5 celebrating the 25th anniversary of the commissioning of the Saint John’s Bible.

In 1998 Saint John’s Abbey and University commissioned Donald Jackson, to create a handwritten, illuminated Bible. Jackson, a renowned calligrapher in the U.K., collaborated with a team of artists, scribes, theologians and scholars to write the manuscript. The first words were written in 2000 and the project was completed in 2011.

The anniversary event featured the seven volumes of the Saint John’s Bible and included readings, prayer and music related to the theme, which was separated into three parts — Do Justice, Love Kindness and Walk Humbly with Your God.

Abbot John Klassen and Sister Karen Rose, prioress of St. Benedict’s Monastery presided together wearing historical vestments that were featured in the The Haehn Museum Art and Heritage Place exhibit “It’s All God’s Work” in 2018.

The event featured the Saint John’s Preparatory School Chamber Choir and members of the school’s string orchestra, Saint Benedict’s Monastery Schola and Saint John’s Abbey Schola, as well as several other musicians.

After the service, guests were invited to take a closer look at the seven volumes of the Bible.


Author: Dianne Towalski

Dianne Towalski is a multimedia reporter for The Central Minnesota Catholic Magazine.

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