"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.
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
Friday, June 30 - Bible returns to St. Louis Archdiocese
Space is limited for Lunch and Learn presentations, please RSVP to Laura Richter.