In 1998, St. John’s Abbey and University commissioned renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson to produce a hand-written, hand-illuminated bible. Excerpts of this bible will be coming to Vermont April 18-20.

April 18 – 5:30 p.m./7 p.m., Jericho

The Vermont Ecumenical Council and Thrivent will partner to present a guided presentation on The Saint John’s Bible. Learn about the processes, tools, methods and materials that went into making this amazing piece of artwork. There will be a free meal at 5:30 p.m. before speaker Tim Ternes takes the stage at 7 p.m., hosted by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 273 Route 15, Jericho. For more information, contact Ryan Boisvert at or 802-233-9603.  Attendees are asked to bring some non-perishable food items to help stock the Parish Food Pantry.

April 19 – 7 p.m., Montpelier

On April 19, The Saint John’s Bible will be presented at St. Augustine Church, 16 Barre St, Montpelier, at 7 p.m.

April 20 – noon, Essex Junction

There will be a noon luncheon and presentation, “Seeing the Word: Visio Divina with The Saint John’s Bible,” that will lead participants through the process used to develop the images in The Saint John’s Bible. A brief overview of the project is included, but the session focuses on one Bible passage and the accompanying artwork from The Saint John’s Bible. After discussion and exploration, participants will be given time to work with the passage independently and finally to share. The artwork from the Bible will be explored and its development explained and discussed.  This event will be hosted by St. James Episcopal Church, 4 St. James Place. There are 50 spots available. A donation of $5 for the luncheon is requested with registration by April 19.

April 20 – 6 p.m./7 p.m., Shelburne

The Vermont Ecumenical Council: Network of Christian Cooperation will host its annual free meal and prayer service for Christian Unity on April 20 – 6 p.m. meal, 7 p.m. prayer service – hosted by Trinity Episcopal Church – 5171 Shelburne Road.  The Saint John’s Bible will be used during the service, and a short reflection will be led by presenter Tim Ternes with the bible.  Please register for the meal by April 18.

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