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St. John’s Bible presentations will take place at two parishes in March

03/01/2019 | Comments

book of matthew frontispieceCOLORADO SPRINGS. The Order of Malta’s Colorado Springs location is sponsoring two talks on the St. John’s Bible, a hand-illuminated Bible created by Benedictine monks, during March. Steve Nelson, a Knight of Malta who resides in Scottsdale, Arizona, is the presenter for both talks.

The first talk will take place on March 20 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Peter Parish in Monument. The second presentation will take place at St. Paul Parish on March 21 at 6:30 p.m.

The St. John’s Bible is the first hand-illuminated Bible to be produced in 500 years. It was created by the Benedictine monks of St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, in conjunction with scribe Donald Jackson, who previously worked with Queen Elizabeth.

The St. John’s Bible, named “one of the extraordinary undertakings of our time” by Smithsonian magazine, is a work of art that combines calligraphy and illuminations. The art includes contemporary images such as the Twin Towers that were destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001, and a view from the Hubble Space Telescope. A life-sized reproduction of one of the seven volumes is being sent to Colorado Springs for Nelson’s talks, which will discuss themes from the Bible that are shared by the Order of Malta. Nelson is a graduate of St. John’s University who also received the university’s Presidential Citation in 2008.

More information on the St. John’s Bible can be found at

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