The Four Gospels
Daily Devotion from Brother Mike:
Today’s pieces are prints from 'The Book of Kells.'
I first encountered 'The Book of Kells' on my trip to Ireland in 2016. It is housed in the library of Trinity College in Dublin. 'The Book of Kells' is an illustrated manuscript on vellum (calf skin). It contains the four Gospels and some additional commentary and notes on the text. The text is in Latin and the Gospels are mostly from Jerome’s translation (Vulgate). Most scholars think 'The Book of Kells' was created in the 9th century in northern England and/or Ireland. It gets its name from the Abbey of Kells, in County Meath, Ireland (northwest of Dublin) where it was kept for centuries.
Each of these prints is a representation of Four Gospels; Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. In both illuminations they are ordered as you would read a text: top, left to right; bottom, left to right. The drawings are the creatures which traditionally represent each Gospel: Matthew – a man; Mark – a lion; Luke – an ox; and John – an eagle. The prints were fairly easy to find online. I had these framed at Hobby Lobby.
The Scripture readings for today are four stories that are only found in one Gospel. Enjoy!
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