Rare Bible on public display for one day

Cerenity Senior Care is sharing a rare volume of the Saint John’s Bible during a open house Sept. 14. 

A volume of the acclaimed Saint John's Bible will be available for viewing during a community open house at Cerenity Senior Care in White Bear Lake. The care center will share part of the Heritage Edition at its senior living campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14. Guests coming to view the Bible should use the main entrance and parking lot located at 1900 Webber St.

The “Gospel & Acts” volume of the Heritage Edition is on loan to the facility from the Benedictine Health System, manager and part owner of Cerenity. 

The Saint John’s Bible is the first handwritten and illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine monastery since the advent of the printing press more than 500 years ago. Saint John’s University in Collegeville 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 lead a team of scribes and artists to create the masterpiece. The one-of-a-kind Heritage Edition is a full-size, fine art edition of the original manuscript created under the direction of Jackson. Only 299 sets of the Heritage Edition were created.

The Bible's seven volumes are comprised of 1,150 pages of calfskin vellum; the script is written using hand-cut goose, turkey and swan quills, and the ink is hand-ground lamp black from 19th century Chinese ink sticks. Egg tempera and gold leaf provide vivid color to the illuminations. 

This special opportunity for Cerenity was brought to life through a partnership between Benedictine Health System and the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth to honor the 125th anniversary of their sponsor, the Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery. 

The Bible will also be loaned to St. Mary’s Frassati school for one day during its stay and local clergy will be invited to a special luncheon viewing.

More information on The Saint John’s Bible and the Heritage Edition can be found at www.saintjohnsbible.org.


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