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The Saint John's Bible at Gumberg Library: Spirituality, Liturgy, and Lectio Divina

Illumination from the Saint John's Bible


The Garden of Eden, Donald Jackson with contribution by Chris Tomlin, Copyright 2003, The Saint John’s Bible and the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, Order of Saint Benedict, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA. Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, Catholic Edition, Copyright 1993, 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Text and Pen: The Legacy of Biblical Art and The St. John's Bible, a lecture by Eric Hollas, OSB

Lectio Divina

Lying at the heart of Benedictine spirituality is lectio divina, the silent, prayerful, and meditative reading of sacred Scripture.  This method of Scripture study is still part of Benedictine life, and it follows a set pattern: opening prayer, reading the text, studying the text,meditating and ruminating on the text, and a final prayer.  Lectio divina allows the reader to critique and judge the religious, theological, and spiritual content of the text without doubting that the words that humans have written on the page are really the word of God.

The Saint John's Bible works with two human senses, hearing and sight: the bible passages are meant to be read aloud, preferably in a community at prayer. This is the Catholic tradition as well as the Benedictine tradition.  Images are meant to be seen and the fullness of their interpretation comes from the Christian interpretation.

Learn more about lectio divina

Using the Saint John's Bible in Liturgy and Spirituality

About the Benedictine Spirituality

7 Questions: Fr. Michael Patella, OSB

A brief interview in which Fr. Patella talks about his role in the creation of The Saint John's Bible. Fr. Patella was the chair of the Committee on Illumination and Text for The Saint John's Bible project and the New Testament scholar on this committee.

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