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Former Archbishop of Canterbury joins CT parish for Heritage Edition event

Posted July 10, 2018 in Religious Institutions

Ahead of their upcoming A Year With The Saint John’s Bible, Saint Luke’s Parish in Darien, Connecticut, featured the Gospels & Acts volume of the Heritage Edition in their June 24 services. The visit from the Heritage Edition complemented an appearance by The Right Rev. Dr. Rowan Williams, the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, and a performance by the Magdalene College Choir from Cambridge University.

The event was not Williams’ first encounter with The Saint John’s Bible. In a 2009 presentation to St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church in London, the first Heritage Edition host in the United Kingdom, 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.”

In September, several members of the Saint Luke’s congregation will attend a workshop in Collegeville, Minnesota, to prepare for their full A Year With The Saint John’s Bible, followed by a presentation and training from Heritage Program Director Brad Neary in October.

As The Rev. David R. Anderson, Rector, said of the June event at Saint Luke’s, “Our whole weekend with The Saint John’s Bible was terrific. We hosted a reception on Saturday evening, where we invited people to see the Bible and learn more about it. People responded with eager enthusiasm to the Bible, and we were lucky to be able to have it for this weekend as a preview.”

Saint Luke’s full A Year With The Saint John’s Bible is scheduled to launch on December 2.