Saint John's Bible

A Year with the Saint John's Bible in Winnipeg

This major event is devoted to a single work of art - an illuminated, handwritten Bible commissioned by Saint John's University and Benedictine Abbey in Minnesota. This contemporary Bible is at once old and new: a masterpiece of the ancient crafts of calligraphy and illumination that could only be made by artists of today. The Saint John's Bible was created by professional scribes in a scriptorium in Wales - under the direction of Donald Jackson - one of the world's foremost calligraphers. Begun at the start of the new millennium, this unique undertaking combines a centuries-old tradition of craftsmanship with the latest capabilities of computer technology and electronic communication.

The Making of a Heritage Edition

Although the original Bible itself is priceless and does not tour, the Benedictine Abbey created high quality duplicates called Heritage Editions that reflect the beauty and power of the original Bible itself. It is not an exaggeration to say that the Heritage Edition of the Gospels and Acts of Apostles on display in Winnipeg would not have been possible even when the Saint John's Bible project began in 1998. It was not until very recently that the quality of printing on 100% uncoated cotton paper necessary to providing this level of quality was available.

The paper of the Heritage Edition is designed specifically for this project. The weight and feel of the pages approximate that of the vellum used in the original manuscript. Donald Jackson directed the making of the Heritage Edition throughout every process to assure its fidelity to the original. The pages are printed using state-of-the-art offset lithographic printing technology from Heidelberg Corporation.

Mr. Jackson approved every page before final printing. Correspondence to the original is so important that even the show-through caused by transparency in the vellum is captured on the pages of the Heritage Edition. After printing, gold and silver foils are applied using a series of stamping and embossing processes. In places where results cannot be achieved through mechanical means, highly trained artists hand treated the illuminations.

The Heritage Edition of the Saint John's Bible will be on display throughout Winnipeg and the surrounding region until April 2018. To view the Bible, please take note of which institution is currently hosting it and call them directly for viewing times.

The Schedule of Locations

5 April 2017 to 9 April 2017:

10 April 2017 to 13 April 2017: St. Paul's High School

14 April 2017 to 18 April 2017: St. Paul's College (Easter Triduum)

18 April 2017 to 26 April 2017: St. Paul's High School

26 April 2017 to 3 May 2017: St. Paul's High School

3 May 2017 to 10 May 2017: Archdiocese of Winnipeg (wm)

10 May 2017 to 17 May 2017: Archdiocese of Winnipeg (wm)

17 May 2017 to 24 May 2017:

24 May 2017 to 31 May 2017:

31 May 2017 to 7 June 2017: St. Paul's College

7 June 2017 to 14 June 2017:

14 June 2017 to 21 June 2017:

21 June 2017 to 28 June 2017:

28 June 2017 to 5 July 2017:

5 July 2017 to 12 July 2017:

12 July 2017 to 19 July 2017:

19 July 2017 to 26 July 2017:

26 July 2017 to 2 August 2017:

2 August 2017 to 9 August 2017:

9 August 2017 to 16 August 2017:

16 August 2017 to 23 August 2017:

23 August 2017 to 30 August 2017:

30 August 2017 to 6 September 2017:

6 September 2017 to 13 September 2017:

13 September 2017 to 20 September 2017: St. Mary's High School

20 September 2017 to 27 September 2017:

27 September 2017 to 4 October 2017: St. Mary's High School

4 October 2017 to 11 October 2017:

11 October 2017 to 18 October 2017:

18 October 2017 to 25 October 2017:

25 October 2017 to 1 November 2017:

1 November 2017 to 8 November 2017

8 November 2017 to 15 November 2017:

15 November 2017 to 22 November 2017:

22 November 2017 to 29 November 2017:

29 November 2017 to 6 December 2017: St. Mary's High School

6 December 2017 to 13 December 2017: St. Mary's High School

13 December 2017 to 20 December 2017:

20 December 2017 to 27 December 2017: Archdiocese of St. Boniface

27 December 2017 to 3 January 2018:

3 January 2018 to 10 January 2018:

10 January 2018 to 17 January 2018:

17 January 2018 to 24 January 2018:

24 January 2018 to 31 January 2018:

31 January 2018 to 7 February 2018:

7 February 2018 to 14 February 2018:

14 February 2018 to 21 February 2018:

21 February 2018 to 28 Februrary 2018:

28 February 2018 to 7 March 2018:

7 March 2018 to 14 March 2018:

14 March 2018 to 21 March 2018:

21 March 2018 to 28 March 2018:

28 March 2018 to 4 April 2018: Archdiocese of Winnipeg

 

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