Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Lenten Journey 2016- Getting started

Reading this for Lent 2016 
Visual images and prayers
Under-Fig-Tree-Visual-Prayers


These reflections are on one word each day. 
This will be the prayer starters
 for each day of Lent.
Centering--
Lingering--
Thoughtfully--

Below are calendar choices for this year:
Any of them are a great place
 to start for daily reflection.
You can also use one to gather the people
 you are praying for during Lent.
They can be found on the Files section here:
DC Metro Bible Journaling Group







I write in the ONE word
for the DAY 
and do some basic doodles to fill in the space.
(If you can really draw- an image is fine.)
I select 4-5 colored pencils
 that will be my choices
 for the whole journey. 
That makes it easy
 and I don't get distracted trying
 to figure out what colors to use.
This is what Lent 2015 looked like--- 
using this resource:
40-Things-Give UP-Lent

The following books are resources our church
 has for members to pick up to use for LENT.
Found Here:
creative communications





It is fine to use a daily lectionary reading 
or devotional reading for choosing 
your one word a day.
The challenge is to start...... keep moving,
catch up if you get behind,
 and cover it all in Grace.
Blessings to you LENT 2016.
Plan to share your journey.

The St. John's Bible-The Life of Paul


The Life of Paul, 2002
 Acts 15:1-41
 Donald Jackson in collaboration with Aidan Hurt 
and contributions from Andrew Jamieson
Scribe: Brian Simpson
Vellum, with ink, pain and gold

"Although Paul was not among the original 
twelve followers of Jesus, 
God designated him the apostle to the Gentiles, 
and he traveled as a missionary 
throughout the Near East.
 He is posed here in the manner
 of classical Greek  statues.
 A prayer shawl draped over his shoulders
 indicates his upbringing as a devout Jew. 
Surrounding him are secular
 and sacred buildings from nearly 
every historical period
 of the last two thousand years, 
symbolizing the continuation in North America
 of Christian missionary efforts.
The Stella Maris Chapel
 of Saint John's Abbey (upper right) 
signifies the Benedictines' missionary work
 in Minnesota.
Because he made several sea voyages 
and was once shipwrecked, 
Paul stands before a Greco-Roman sailing vessel. 
An energetic church builder,
 he holds a model of a church.
 It recalls Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome, 
the city where he was martyred
 under the emperor Nero. 
The words at the top,
"I saw a light from heaven" (26:13), 
refer to Paul's conversion. 
Those across the bottom proclaim
 this divine mission: 
"The Lord has commanded us, saying,
I have set you to be a light for the Gentiles, 
so that you may bring salvation
 to the ends of the earth." (13:47)."

Oh, Heavenly Father, 
give us the passion to see
 where your message is Light 
to someone we KNOW.
Amen.

Monday, February 8, 2016

The St. John's Bible-To the Ends of the Earth

 To the Ends of the Earth
 Acts 1:8
Donald Jackson with contributions from 
Andrew Jamieson and Sally Mae Joseph
Scribe: Sally Mae Joseph
Vellum with ink, paint and gold

"The image of the earth is a dynamic cosmos
 ilustrates the words in which Christ 
foretold the eventual spread of his teachings:
"to the end of the earth." 
This view from space...
 is based on a picture for the Hubble Space Telescope. 
The comet will remind Minnesotans 
of the Hale-Bopp comet, 
which was visible in the summer of 1997.
Showing the earth in ever-expanding space, 
together with linear geometric patterns, 
suggests both continuing evolution and ordered stability. 
The many crosses indicate the continual
 expansion of Christianity  in the world."

Lord, remind me that we must
 never be satisfied with small goals 
of making you known.
 The work is about the whole world
 hearing about your great love for them.
Amen.



Sunday, February 7, 2016

The St. John's Bible- Loaves and Fishes

 Loaves and Fishes, 2002
Mark 6:30-44, 8:1-10
Donald Jackson
Scribe: Donald Jackson
Vellum, with ink paint and gold

"The apostle Mark narrates twice 
the story of Christ providing food 
for multitudes of people.
This illuminations accompanies the first one, 
in which Christ miraculously multiplied
 five loaves and two fishes to feed five thousand people, 
with twelve baskets of leftovers. 
Traditions locates this event at Tabgha,
 on the west side of the Sea of Galilee.
Photo- C. Denninger
This is the church in Tabgha 
that has an ancient mosaic of the 
fish and loaves from a 4th century church
 restored in the current church.

This illumination focuses on the abundant 
proliferation of food for the body, 
which foreshadows the Eucharistic gifts
 of food for the soul. 
The circular loaves, marked with a cross,
 prefigure the bread of the Eucharist (Communion). 
The stamped image of fish derive 
from a mosaic in Tabgha.
 The baskets (shown partially)
 have geometric designs based on
 ancient Native american Anasazi basketry."
 This connects to the American impact 
of images for this Bible.
"The baskets symbolize the multiplying effect
 of any act of love, such as sharing. 
Hence, the design spreads out
 toward all the margins, 
interrupted only by unkind acts (dark brown) 
and instances in which we could have acted 
with love and kindness but did not (white spaces).

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The St. John's Bible- JOHN


The Word Made Flesh and John Incipit, 2002

John 1:1-30
 Donald Jackson
Scribe: Donald Jackson
Vellum, with ink, paint and gold

"Stepping out of darkness which alludes
 to the chaos and nothingness in the Creation story, 
the golden figure of Christ, 
described as the "Living Word", 
brings light and order. 
Words in golden scripts, 
from Colossians (1:15-20), 
link the figure of Christ with the words 
"And lived among us"
at the upper right.
He is the image of the invisible God, 
the firstborn of all creation: 
for in him all things
 in heaven and on earth were created, 
things visible and invisible, 
whether thrones or dominions
 or rulers or powers-
all things have been created
 through him and for him. 
He himself is before all things, 
and in him all things hold together.
A keyhole jutting into the left margin
 recalls the tradition of locked
 and hinged manuscripts in securing, protecting, 
and holding the "key" to the Word of God."

I love the idea that God's Word
 is so special that it is protected and secured.
Might help me to treat this book with
awe and a better understanding of 
the GIFT of HIS WORD.



The St. John's Bible- Seven Pillars of Wisdom


 Seven Pillars of Wisdom
Proverbs 9:13-11:5
 Donald Jackson
Scribes: poetry, Brian Simpson; 
Text, Angela Swan
Vellum, with ink, paint, silver and gold

Seven is a symbolic number
 in the Old Testament,
 signifying completions or fullness. 
There is a perfection and fullness
to the created order of Wisdom's world. 
On each of the pillars is an orb, a pearl,
 a precious article of beauty reminiscent 
of that heavenly body addicted
 with feminine forces, the moon.

Growing from one of these pillars
 is a complex 
of interlaced building, each constructed 
with a series of arches 
supported by more columns.
On the upper left hand of the page,
 among the interlaced buildings,
 is a monochromatic, 
green drawing of the chapel
 at Saint Benedict's Monastery,
 the Benedictine sisters' community
 just five miles down from Saint John's 
and home to the College of Saint Benedict.
A table is set with wine and bread 
on the right-hand page of the illumination. 
This image advances the connection 
between Wisdom and Christ. 
The invitation to "Come, eat of my bread
 and drink of the wine I have mixed" 
resonates deeply with the invitation
 of the Eucharistic prayer.





Thursday, February 4, 2016

The St. John's Bible-JOB








Job Frontispiece and Incipit, 2006
 Job 1:1-2:5
 Donald Jackson
 Scribes: POETRY- Brian Simpson; 
TEXT- Susan Leiper
Vellum, with ink, paint, silver and gold

"In this illustration we see a portrayal 
of Job's world at the beginning of the narrative. 
Reading the depiction from left to right, 
his world of riches and well-being descends
 into cha.
os as messengers announce
 to Job each misfortune that has befallen
 him in order to test his faith. The slender bars 
of gold and silver, meager as they are, 
represent God's presence.

The quotation on the opposite page
 is Job's response,
"Shall we receive the good 
at the hand of God and not receive the bad?"

When our world crumbles,
and we have descended into chaos-
look for the slivers of God's presence-
 they are ALWAYS there.