Pray with the illuminated word of The Saint John’s Bible and extend the prayer through the arts of bookmaking, calligraphy, painting and storytelling.
The morning sessions empower participants to practice the Seeing the Word process, delve deeper into learning the rhythm of visio divina, while the afternoon will invite participants to ground their own spirituality through developing their artistic imagination.
This is a beautiful experience—beginning with the prayer practice of visio divina each morning, followed by talks on Scripture and prayer. After lunch each day, participants work directly with a master artist to learn new techniques and spiritual art practices, with a special emphasis on the arts of bookmaking—calligraphy, watercolor, pastels, and binding.
In 1995, Saint John’s University and Benedictine Abbey in Minnesota initiated a major undertaking to produce a modern illuminated Bible using entirely medieval techniques and materials (“illumination” is defined as a manuscript in which the text is supplemented by decorative elements and illustrations).
Finally commissioned in 1998, The Saint John’s Bible was executed by Donald Jackson, Senior Scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Crown Office, along with a collaborative team of scribes, artists, theologians and scholars — working between Wales and Saint John's in Minnesota. The first words were written on Ash Wednesday, 2000, and the final word, “Amen,” penned on May 9, 2011.