Mercy St. Louis Hosts "The Saint John's Bible" - Heritage Edition

May 10, 2017

The Heritage Edition of The Saint John's Bible is spending 2017 in St. Louis. For two months, May and June, Mercy Hospital St. Louis will host the unique piece of sacred art with a variety of events. 

"The Saint John's Bible is meant to inspire the religious imagination of people," said Jared Bryson, M.Div, D.Min, vice president of Mission at Mercy. "It's a Book of the Church, by the Church and for the Church; it's a communal book and the partnership with the Archdiocese helps remind us of our work as a ministry of the Church, a communal ministry. This project provides an opportunity for us to continue to inspire our co-workers to connect with the health ministry of Jesus, not only through the written word, but also in inspired art."

In 1998, Saint John's Abby and University in Collegeville, Minnesota, commissioned Donald Jackson to produce a hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible. It's the first handwritten, monumental, illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in the modern era. It was created by scribes in a Scriptorium in Wales under the artistic direction of Donald Jackson, one of the world’s foremost calligraphers and the Senior Scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Crown Office at the House of Lords. The Bible was completed in 2011, and its permanent home is the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota.

The Saint John’s Bible incorporates many of the characteristics of its medieval predecessors: it was written on vellum, using quills, natural handmade inks, hand ground pigments and gild such as gold leaf, silver leaf and platinum.

During its time at Mercy, the Saint John's Bible can be found in a glass case near the Main Entrance against the stone wall. Pages will be turned at various times throughout the stay. 


Mercy Hospital St. Louis lobby

Thursday, May 18 - Page Turning - Sower and Seed

Sunday, May 21 - Page Turning - Available for viewing outside of case following 9 a.m. Mass in the Chapel

Tuesday, May 23 - Lunch and Learn with Visio Divina - The Resurrection - 12:15 p.m. St. John's Board Room

Thursday, May 25 - Page Turning - Calming of the Storm

Sunday, May 28 - Page Turning - Acts for Ascension of the Lord - 

Tuesday, May 30 - Page Turning - Stoning of the Woman

Thursday, June 1 - Page Turning - Road to Emmaus

Monday, June 5 - Page Turning - Pentecost

Wednesday, June 7 - Lunch and Learn with Visio Divina - Pentecost - 12:15 p.m. - St. John's Board Room

Moved to Mercy Hospital Lincoln in Troy, Missouri

Thursday, June 8 - Page Turning

Monday, June 12 - Page Turning

Wednesday, June 14 - Lunch and Learn with Visio Divina

Moved to Mercy Clayton/Clarkson in Ballwin, Missouri

Thursday, June 15-20

Moved to David C. Pratt Cancer Center

Thursday, June 22 - Page Turning - Beattitudes

Monday, June 26 - Page Turning - Eucharist

Moved to Mercy Hospital St. Louis lobby

Tuesday, June 27 - Page Turning 
Wednesday, June 28 - Evening Celebration - reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by a presentation at 6 p.m.
Join Fr. Charles Bouchard, senior director of Theology and Ethics at the Catholic Health Association, as he uses images to offer mini-homilies exploring theological concepts expressed in the heart of the Bible. The session will explore how the word of God is present to us in visual images and how God is revealed not only in the spoken and written word, but in art as well. Guests will have the opportunity to turn the pages. Space is limited, so please RSVP to Laura Richter.
Thursday, June 29 - Page Turning - Multiplication of Fish

Friday, June 30 - Bible returns to St. Louis Archdiocese

Space is limited for Lunch and Learn presentations, please RSVP to Laura Richter.


To hear more about the Saint John's Bible, listen to the Archdiocese of St. Louis' Catholic Gateway Podcast focusing on the special Heritage edition.

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