UHC Welcomes St. John Bible To New Orleans For First Time

METAIRIE – As part of its Centennial Celebration, University of Holy Cross (formerly Our Lady of Holy Cross College) is bringing The Saint John’s Bible to New Orleans for the first time on Monday, November 7, 2016, at St. Edward the Confessor Church, 4921 West Metairie Ave., in Metairie, LA. The Rosary begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by a Eucharistic Liturgy at 6:00 p.m. At the conclusion of Mass there will be a presentation, commentary and viewing of the St. John’s Bible Gospels and Acts of the Apostles followed by a Prayer of Thanksgiving.

         The Saint John’s Bible is a handwritten and illuminated Bible that has taken a team of scribes and artists more than a decade to complete. The Saint John’s Bible is a contemporary work created in the tradition of handwritten medieval manuscripts.

         In 1998, Saint John’s Abbey and University commissioned renowned calligrapher and senior scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Crown Office, Donald Jackson, to produce a hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible – the first of this monumental size to be commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in more than 500 years. All 73 books from the Old and New Testaments were made using the traditional materials such as vellum, ancient inks, gold and silver leaf and platinum, and were written with quill pens fashioned from goose, turkey, and swan feathers. The seven volumes comprise 1,150 pages of calfskin vellum.

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