A Year with The Saint John's Bible

"One of the extraordinary undertakings of our time."

– Smithsonian Magazine

Last year, the Cathedral has been home to a rare Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible: Gospels and Acts, an illuminated handwritten version of the sacred text. This year, we will be home to a new volume of The Saint John's Bible: Letters and Revelation.

The breadth and scope of The Saint John’s Bible has been compared to that of The Sistine Chapel. An international team of calligraphers and artists spent fifteen years creating this illuminated, handwritten masterpiece. Though the team used medieval techniques, the illustrations incorporate modern elements such as DNA strands, images from the Hubble telescope, and satellite photos of the Ganges River.

Our programs will use the stunning artwork from Revelations as inspiration for conversations and classes about the future of our faith.


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The Artist as Preacher

The Annual Robert Farrar Capon Lecture

Thursday, May 23

Fr. Eric Hollas, OSB, will discuss the important role that art has played over the centuries in our spiritual lives, and why every generation should make a commitment to the arts. Fr. Hollas is a Princeton and Yale graduate, a medievalist, and was one of the primary consultants for The Saint John’s Bible. Hors d’ouevres and cocktails will be served on the lawn beginning at 6:15pm, followed by a talk in the cathedral sanctuary at 7pm.

Registration is free but required. Please visit tinyurl.com/CaponLecture2019 to register!