Follow the Journey

“My experience with The Saint John’s Bible was love at first sight. It radiates hope and speaks to people of all faith journeys.”

Tita Crilly Diepenbrock,
Donor of The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition
to Santa Clara University

A rare, fine art edition of The Saint John’s Bible was presented to St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in London on Sunday, June 14, 2009. The London Anglican Church became the seventh institution worldwide, and the first in the United Kingdom, to display the Heritage Edition. The gift has been made possible thanks to the generosity of Dan and Katharine Whalen. Preceding the gifting presentation the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend Rowan Williams, said “We tend to read greedily and hastily, as we do so many other things: this beautiful text shows us a better way. This project not only revives the ancient tradition of the church sponsoring creative arts, it also offers an insight into that lost skill of patient and prayerful reading.” The first two volumes of the Heritage Edition – Wisdom Books and Prophets – were presented at a special service at St Martin’s. Reverend Nicholas Holtam, vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, who received the gift and lead the service, said he was thrilled to be receiving the volumes because it will bring a new focus on the Holy Scriptures in the recently renewed church.

St. Martin-in-the-Fields

Fr. Eric Hollas, OSB, and Abbot John Klassen, OSB, of Saint John’s Abbey and University process in with a Heritage Edition volume. Donald Jackson can be seen in the back.

Archbishop Khotso Makhula speaks to the congregation with the Wisdom Books and Prophets volumes on display.

The Rev. Professor Richard Burridge, dean of King’s College London, Rev. Nicholas Holtam, vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Dan and Katharine Whalen, Rod Beadles, churchwarden of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Archbishop Khotso Makhulu, assistant bishop of London, and Donald Jackson, artistic director of The Saint John's Bible.

Donald Jackson speaking at a special service presenting the Wisdom and Prophets volumes to St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Visitors at St Martin-in-the-Fields view prints of The Saint John’s Bible on exhibit in the church.

St Martin-in-the-Fields is located on Trafalgar Square in the heart of London. A banner outside the church promotes the Sunday service.