Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Lenten Reflections through Art

Garden of Eden from the Saint John's BibleAs some of you know, I go to school at Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota, during the summer months. The Benedictines who live, work, and teach there have always been committed to the arts and especially to exploring how art deepens our relationship with God, the Master Artist.

One way they do this is through the ancient monastic art of Bible making. Saint John's has commissioned a handwritten Bible to illuminate the Word of God for a new millennium. Every time I see a new illuminated page from their Bible, I am amazed at how the artists have given a new perspective to ancient texts.

Unlike commercial art, these illuminations aren't meant to simply be admired but to be tools for prayer, contemplation, and action. To this end, Saint John's offers a five-week online Lenten Reflection that uses scripture, reflection questions, and illuminations from the Saint John's Bible to help strengthen your lenten prayer life.

Check out the reflections and illuminations at http://www.saintjohnsbible.org/LentenReflections/default.htm.


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