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The Saint John's Bible is Now Displayed at the Infirmary
LITTLE ROCK (August 28, 2018) – CHI St. Vincent is pleased to be the only central Arkansas Catholic health system to host The Saint John’s Bible as it tours the country. In addition to two special events, the Bible will be available for public viewing September 4 through October 31 in the lobby of CHI St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock, Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m.
“We are thrilled to welcome The Saint John’s Bible to central Arkansas,” said Deb Roybal, VP of Mission for CHI St. Vincent “The Bible is a common thread for so many residents of our community. It is the ultimate symbol of our ministry and the scripture in which we find our purpose and mission.”
Friday, September 7 at 9 a.m. As a kickoff to The Bible’s residency at CHI St. Vincent, Bishop Anthony Taylor will lead a public Mass at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary’s Chapel, 2 St. Vincent Circle, Little Rock.
Groups are welcomed to schedule special visits to view the bible and learn about this beautiful piece of sacred art. Contact Cindy Goza at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary by calling 501.552.3000.
The Saint John’s Bible was completed by renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson in 2011 after being commissioned by the Benedictine monks of Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minn. in 1998. It is the first illuminated Bible in more than 500 years. It was created in Wales under the artistic direction of Jackson, one of the world’s foremost calligraphers and the senior scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Crown Office at the House of Lords. The original manuscript of seven volumes remains at the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library at Saint John’s Abbey and University, but 299 sets were created as a Heritage Edition for travel and display throughout the world.
The 1,165-page Bible was written on vellum using quills, handmade inks and pigments. The 160 illuminations are gilded with gold leaf, silver leaf and platinum. The Bible is divided into seven volumes and is two feet tall by three feet wide when open.