As a symbol of Christian unity and hospitality, we will join schools, churches, libraries and hospitals in “Illuminating the Mission: 7 Days – 7 Pages”
Beginning Monday, Sept. 21, and each day of Pope Francis’s historic visit to America, Hutchins Library will join institutions across the country by turning to the same page of The Saint John’s Bible.
This simple act will be a rich symbol of Christian solidarity as the American people welcome the Holy Father. There are over 160 illuminations and 1,150 pages in the seven volumes of The Saint John’s Bible.
The Library will display the following illuminations each day.
- Monday, Sept. 21 Creation (Genesis)
- Tuesday, Sept. 22 Abraham and Sarah (Genesis)
- Wednesday, Sept. 23 Ten Commandments (Exodus)
- Thursday, Sept. 24 Peter’s Confession (Matthew)
- Friday, Sept. 25 Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes (Mark)
- Saturday, Sept. 26 Two Cures (Mark)
- Sunday, Sept. 27 Pentecost (Acts of the Apostle)
According to Saint John’s Rev. Michael Patella, OSB, who chaired the scholarship effort behind The Saint John’s Bible, “These illuminations were specifically chosen because they resonate with values Pope Francis holds dear: hospitality; concern for the poor, sick and marginalized; the dignity of all people; and care for creation.”
In addition to the illuminated pages, a reflection for each day, written by Saint John’s University School of Theology and Seminary, will also be on display.
The Saint John’s Bible is the first handwritten and illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine monastery since the invention of the printing press in the 15thcentury. Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, commissioned world-renowned calligrapher
Donald Jackson, senior scribe to Her Majesty the Queen’s Crown Office at the House of Lords in London, England, to create this masterpiece. More information on The Saint John’s Bible and the Heritage Edition can be found at http://www.saintjohnsbible.org.
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The library’s display can be found by the library’s entrance, near the Reference Desk. It can be viewed during regular library hours. This exhibit is free and open to the public.