Trinity Church brings rare Saint John’s Bible to Roslyn

The Rev. Michael Sniffen looks through one volume of The Saint John's Bible at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City last year. (Photo courtesy of Barry Sloan)

A rare Heritage Edition of “The Saint John’s Bible” will travel from the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City to Trinity Episcopal Church of Roslyn for a special presentation at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 by the dean of the Cathedral, the Rev. Michael Sniffen.

“The Saint John’s Bible” is an illuminated handwritten version of the sacred text.

The breadth and scope of “The Saint John’s Bible” has been compared to that of The Sistine Chapel. It is the first illuminated, handwritten bible commissioned since the medieval period, and an international team of calligraphers and artists spent fifteen years creating it.

It measures 2 feet by 3 feet, and was produced in the way that Catholic monks made Bibles in medieval times, drawn painstakingly by hand.

There are seven volumes in all totaling 1,150 pages. The calligraphers used quills and ink for authenticity in creating the text, which was written on vellum, or calfskin. A single page could take eight to 12 hours of work just for the text.

Though the team used medieval techniques, the illustrations incorporate modern elements such as DNA strands, images from the Hubble telescope and satellite photos of the Ganges River.

This presentation is free, but space is limited. Please RSVP to this event at

Trinity Episcopal Church is located at 1579 Northern Blvd. in Roslyn. For more information, call (516) 621-7925.


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