September 21, 2015 ALL

Grasselli Library to participate in “7 Days, 7 Pages” of the St. John’s Bible

Beginning Monday, September 21, and each day of Pope Francis’s historic visit to America, John Carroll University’s Grasselli Library will join institutions across the country by turning to the same page of The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition. This simple act will be a rich symbol of Christian solidarity as the American people welcome the Holy Father.

There are over 160 illuminations and 1,150 pages in the seven volumes of The Saint John’s Bible. Grasselli Library will display the following illuminations each day.
Monday, September 21 Creation (Genesis)
Tuesday, September 22 Abraham and Sarah (Genesis)
Wednesday, September 23 Ten Commandments (Exodus)
Thursday, September 24 Peter’s Confession (Matthew)
Friday, September 25 Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes (Mark)
Saturday, September 26 Two Cures (Mark)
Sunday, September 27 Pentecost (Acts of the Apostle)

According to Saint John’s Rev. Michael Patella, OSB, who chaired the scholarship effort behind The Saint John’s Bible, “These illuminations were specifically chosen because they resonate with values Pope Francis holds dear: hospitality; concern for the poor, sick and marginalized; the dignity of all people; and care for creation.”

In addition to the illuminated pages, a reflection for each day, written by Saint John’s University School of Theology and Seminary, will also be on display.

The Saint John’s Bible is the first handwritten and illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine monastery since the invention of the printing press in the 15th century. Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, commissioned world-renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson, senior scribe to Her Majesty the Queen’s Crown Office at the House of Lords in London, England, to create this masterpiece. More information on The Saint John’s Bible and the Heritage Edition can be found at