The synod and images from The Saint John’s Bible

VATICAN CITY — The world Synod of Bishops on the Bible, which starts with Mass Sunday, will involve some 400 people, if you count members, experts, observers and support staff.

And each one of them, on several occasions, will be praying with the help of images coming from Minnesota.

CNS photo from St. John's University 2004

Seven vertical slices represent the days of creation in this illustration from The Saint John's Bible. (CNS photo from St. John's University, 2004)

Art from The Saint John’s Bible, a newly hand-copied and hand-illuminated version of the Scriptures, was chosen to adorn the separate booklets for the Masses and prayer services that will be celebrated during the Oct. 5-26 synod.

In addition, a portion of the Bible and six illustrations from it will be on display in the atrium of the Vatican’s synod hall for the next three weeks.

The Bible was commissioned by the Benedictine monks of St. John’s Abbey and by St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. The project began in 1996 and is expected to be completed in 2010 when it should total more than 1,000 parchment pages.

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