Following his historic address to a joint meeting of Congress this morning, Pope Francis attended a private ceremony in the Speaker’s office where he blessed a rare Apostles Edition of the Saint John’s Bible given to the Library of Congress from Saint John’s Abbey and University in honor of the Pope’s visit. Here’s an exclusive photo from the ceremony:
And here’s more about the Bible from the Library of Congress:
“The Library of Congress today received as a gift from Saint John’s Abbey and University an Apostles Edition of The Saint John’s Bible, a work of art with more than 1,130 pages and 160 illuminations that reflect life in the modern era, measuring 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide when open. It is the first handwritten and illuminated Bible commissioned by a monastery since the invention of the printing press, more than 500 years ago. …
“There are only 12 sets of the Apostles Edition in existence, including the one donated to the Library. A separate set was presented to the Pope and is available to scholars at the Vatican Library. The Saint John’s Bible is an unprecedented combination of ancient methods and materials, with themes, images and technology of the 21st century. Saint John’s Abbey and University partnered with 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.”
The Bible will be on display at the Library of Congress’ Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington, DC from Saturday, September 26 through Saturday, Jan. 2. Click here for more information.