The Saint Johns Bible title

See below for exciting information on its arrival and how we will use it when it is at the Monastery

from mid-November until the end of the year! 

No registration necessary unless indicated.

Saint Johns bible

See The Saint John's Bible

  • Sunday, November 18 (Join us at our 11:00 a.m. Sunday Eucharist where we will welcome The Saint John's Bible to the Monastery for the remainder of the year!)
  • Come and see, come and pray with The Saint John's Bible on display in the Gathering Space in the Chapel for the last six weeks of the year.  Generally, it will be inside a case, except for times noted below.
  • Every week for an hour before the Wednesday lectio divinia sessions (see dates below), we will have the case removed from The Bible and all are welcome to come and look more closely at the illuminations and calligraphy of The Bible.  Someone will be on hand to answer questions and help people turn pages.
  • Call us with any special requests for yourself or your group!

Pray with The Saint John's Bible

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Lectio divina with The Saint John's Bible (Visio Divina)

Wednesdays, November 21, 28, December 5, 12, and 19 at 2:30 p.m. in the St. Scholastica Monastery Chapel Gathering Space. *Open viewing at 1:30 p.m.

Lectio divina, a Benedictine form of contemplative prayer, is a powerful practice that enables us to open ourselves to God so that we can better recognize and hear God's voice in our lives.  We will also use illuminations from The Saint John's Bible to encounter the Divine through images (visio divina).  No prior experience with this form of prayer is required.

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Advent Vespers (with College of St. Scholastica)

Tuesday, December 4 at 4:30 p.m. in St. Scholastica Monastery Chapel

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Taizé Prayer Service with The Saint John's Bible

Monday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Scholastica Monastery Chapel

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Closing Ritual for The Saint John's Bible

Sunday, January 6, 2:30 p.m. in St. Scholastica Monastery Chapel

Listen to The Saint John's Bible

The Making of The Saint John's Bible

Friday, November 30 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Scholastica Monastery.  Free will offering gratefully accepted.

Written in ink with a quill on vellum, The Saint John’s Bible is not only an artistic treasure; it is also a theological treatise on the Christian Tradition.  What inspired it?  What questions shaped its direction?  How did scholars in Minnesota communicate with artists in Wales?  Using images from The Saint John’s Bible, Fr. Michael Patella, OSB, the chair of the Committee on Illumination and Texts, will discuss the major questions in the Bible’s development.

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Benedictine Days
The Saint John's Bible: Why Does it Matter?

Michael Patella, OSB

Saturday, December 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (includes lunch) at St. Scholastica Monastery

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Praying with The Saint John's Bible: Illuminating Your Advent Gaze

Friday, December 7 beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending Sunday, December 9 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Scholastica Monastery.

This retreat has been re-scheduled as a Lenten retreat on March 22 - 24, 2019.  More information will be coming shortly.