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2007 Catholic Press Association Award Winner! The second of seven
full-color, page-by-page reproductions from The Saint John's Bible,
Psalms engages the eye and ear with five distinct scripts and
exquisite illuminations that include digital voice prints of sacred
songs from many ethnic and religious traditions. The Book of Psalms
or praises is known as the prayer book of the Bible. For centuries,
it has been a source of prayer, devotion, and inspiration. Part of
the popularity of the Psalms is that they incorporate the entire
breadth of human emotion and experience 'joy, fear, anger, love 'al
the things we bring to God in our prayer. Visual representations of
chants from Benedictine, Native American, Muslim, Taoist and other
traditions are the basis for illuminations of the Psalms. The
varying pitch of the chants is rendered graphically to provide a
motif for the abstract illumination. Every Psalm page features a
small gold image that graphically renders the chanting of the monks
from Saint John's Abbey. This process of reading of the Psalms is a
continuous reminder that the Psalms are to be sacred songs 'and
that in such singing God is present. Jackson chose colors to
represent different themes, and designs to symbolize the different
types of Psalms. He devised a way of weaving the two together that
resulted in a unique script, colors and shading. Readers can
identify the patterns representing the national history of Israel
corresponding with the individual types of Psalms. The way the
Psalms appear in The Saint John's Bible provide a way to read our
favorite Psalms with new eyes so that we might truly see the Psalms
whether they are sung or read poetically. Notes regarding
PsalmsIlluminations Donald Jackson is one of the world's leading
calligraphers and the artistic director and illuminator of The
Saint John's Bible. He is a Senior Illuminator to the Queen of
England's Crown Office and is an elected Fellow and past Chairman
of the prestigious Society of Scribes and Illuminators. His 30-year
retrospective exhibition, Painting with Words, premiered at the
Minneapolis Institute of Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in
August,1988 and traveled to 13 museums and galleries. The launch of
a national museum tour of the The Saint John's Bible began at The
Minneapolis Institute of Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota in April
2005 where record crowds greeted the inaugural exhibit during its
three-month run. The Saint John's Bible will continue its national
exhibition tour that includes museums and galleries from throughout
the United States and Europe. Learn more about The Saint John's
Bible exhibit. "
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