Service on Oct. 5 marks 25 years since commissioning of ‘The Saint John’s Bible’

A celebration marking the 25th anniversary of the commissioning of “The Saint John’s Bible” begins at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 5, in the Abbey and University Church, 2900 Abbey Plaza, Collegeville.

This is a page from the Book of Psalms of The Saint John’s Bible, a full-color reproduction of the first handwritten illuminated Bible to be created in 500 years. (CNS/Paul Haring)

The service will be presided over by Benedictine Abbot John Klassen and Benedictine Prioress Karen Rose and will feature readers and musicians from Saint John’s Abbey, Saint Benedict’s Monastery, the College of Saint Benedict, Saint John’s University, Saint John’s Preparatory School and “The Saint John’s Bible” Heritage Program. The celebration centers on the words of the Prophet Micah: “Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8). It will be livestreamed.

In 1998, Saint John’s Abbey and University commissioned Donald Jackson, a renowned English calligrapher, to produce a hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible. Jackson assembled a team of artists, calligraphers, theologians and scholars to collaborate on the creation of the manuscript. Work began in Wales in 2000 and was completed in 2011.

A rotating exhibit of 28 original velum folios from “The Saint John’s Bible” is on display in the Bible Gallery on the lower level of the Alcuin Library on the campus of St. John’s University in Collegeville. For more information visit



Author: The Central Minnesota Catholic

The Central Minnesota Catholic is the magazine for the Diocese of St. Cloud.

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