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The St. John's Bible is Here!

November 16, 2017

    The St. John’s Bible is the first hand-illuminated, hand-written Bible commissioned in more than 500 years. With 1,120 pages and 160 illuminations, The Saint John’s Bible contains every book of the Old and New Testament (New Revised Standard Version). Each page is two feet high and three feet wide, representing a masterpiece of the Living Word of God, and provides a unique once-in-a-lifetime experience to encounter the sacred text of our faith.

    Commissioned in 1998 by the Benedictine monks of Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and completed in 2011, The Saint John’s Bible was created by Donald Jackson, Senior Scribe to Queen Elizabeth’s Crown Office, with assistance from historians, medievalists, artists, biblical scholars and theologians. The international team painstakingly created every aspect of the manuscript, with stunning and breathtaking results.

    We are privileged to host Volume 6 (Gospels and Acts) of the St. John’s Bible at Christ Church through April 2, 2018. It will inspire and delight you with it’s beautiful calligraphy and illustrations. Below is just one of the many images in the collection. Don’t miss this opportunity to interact with the Word of God in a whole new way. 

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    The Gospels and Acts volume of the St. John's Bible is on display in the Good News Café at Christ Church Charlotte through April 2, 2018. Stop by any time Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM or Sundays before and after worship to see this amazing work of art. Pages will be turned regularly while on display.

    For a more up-close-and-personal experience, please join us for these opportunities for hands-on exploration:

    Advent Mondays and Wednesdays (through December 20), 12:30 - 1:30 PM, GoodNews Café
    Take a guided "tour" of the St. John's Bible, with an opportunity to peruse the pages outside of the display case.

    Sunday, December 10, 10:00 - 11:00 AM, All Saints’ Hall
    Visit the St. John's Bible "station" during Hush in the Rush.

    Sunday, December 24
    The St. John's Bible will be used during Christmas Eve worship services in the Church.

    Additional opportunities to see, touch, and experience The Saint John’s Bible will be offered to children and youth through Sunday School classes and Life Groups. Adult small groups, EfM classes, Bible studies, and other church groups are encouraged to utilize this wonderful resource as well. Plans are underway to take The Saint John’s Bible to Trinity Episcopal School and Palisades Episcopal School.

    To arrange an opportunity for your group to interact with the St. John's Bible, contact The Reverend Matt Holcombe at or 704-714-6964.

    Christ Church offers numerous ways for individuals and groups to study the Bible. Find information about Bible studies at Christ Church here »


    I Am Sayings, Thomas Ingmire.

    Top Images (left): Decoration, Facing Frontispiece, Donald Jackson with contributions from Sally Mae Joseph; (center): Listen to Him, (Mark, Chapter 11), Donald Jackson; (right): Life in Community, Aidan Hart with contributions from Donald Jackson. 

    Sidebar Image: Crucifixion, Donald Jackson.

    All images Copyright 2002, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved.