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The Saint John's Bible, Heritage Edition: Spirituality, Liturgy, and Lectio Divina

A guide to accessing the Heritage Edition of the Saint John's Bible in Archives & Special Collections

Illumination from the Saint John's Bible


Luke 23:44-49: The Crucifixion

Eric Hollas, O.S.B.: Text and Pen: The Legacy of Biblical Art and The Saint John's Bible

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 SJB 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.

Archives & Special Collections can display the Saint John's Bible to groups focused on spirituality, including local churches and SCU Campus Ministry. 

Resources for Using the Saint John's Bible in Liturgy and Spirituality

About the Benedictine Spirituality