St. Mary’s University is pleased to present to you

“See and Hear” Canadian Reflections on the Ethical Imagination of The Saint John’s Bible

We currently are not able to bring The Saint John’s Bible into the community right now, therefore St. Mary’s University will be launching “See and Hear” – a weekly brief reflection on a selected sacred text and illumination within The Saint John’s Bible. Each reflection is aligned with the sacred text that will be read during Sunday worship in the liturgical calendar.

This week’s reflection for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time is submitted by Dr. Gerry Turcotte, President, St. Mary’s University, Calgary Alberta.

The Saint John’s Bible Background:

St. Mary’s University in Calgary is home to a full-sized fine art reproduction of The Saint John’s Bible, the first handwritten and illuminated Bible in more than 500 years. Commissioned in 1998 by the Benedictine monks of Saint John’s Abbey and University in Minnesota, it was created by a team of scribes, artists and craftspeople in a scriptorium in Wales under the artistic direction of Donald Jackson, one of the world’s foremost calligraphers and the Scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Reflecting the construction of its medieval predecessors, The Saint John’s Bible was written on vellum, using quills, natural handmade inks, hand-ground pigments and gold leaf while incorporating modern themes, images and technology of the 21st century.

Photo Credit Jessica Macaulay, St. Mary’s University Library. 2 Chronicles 36. 22-23 2002.
The Saint John’s Bible, St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA

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