As both the “mother parish” of the Diocese of St. Augustine and “The First Parish” in the United States, our parish has a special place in the history of Catholicism in America. Tonight one of the most significant biblical projects in the history of the world will be coming to our parish – The Saint John’s Bible. I want to invite you to come and celebrate Vespers with us Sunday at 7:00 p.m. in the Cathedral as we welcome the Heritage Edition of The St. John’s Bible. Following Vespers, Jim Triggs, Executive Director of the Heritage Edition, will offer an introductory presentation.
The story of this bible is grace-filled and wonderful. In 1998, as our Church and the world looked to the new millennium, the Benedictine monks commissioned a world-renowned calligrapher, Donald Jackson, to hand write a Bible in the same way that Benedictines and others did in centuries past – long before the invention of the printing press. Additionally, marvelous illuminations were produced that brought the Word of God to artistic life within the pages of the Bible.
Since coming to know and see of the fruition of this project, I have personally fallen in love with The St. John’s Bible. Its uniqueness and beauty are beyond compare in our world today. Over the next several weeks, the Gospel-Acts of the Heritage Edition will be in our parish. Various programs will be offered to allow people to get to experience its splendor and magnificence. I hope that you will take advantage of these as well as join us tonight to welcome this special gift of the Word of God!