Benedictine monks are known for their copying of manuscripts in the Dark Ages to preserve ancient culture. Benedictines have also been authors of original works of theology, literature, history, and science. Less known is that Benedictines have traditionally been early adopters of new technologies, including the printing press. Some of the earliest works printed on Johann Gutenberg's press were books for the monks of Mainz, and the first printing press in Italy was established at Subiaco, Saint Benedict's first monastery, in the 1560s. Within just a few decades of Gutenberg's breakthrough, many monastic texts had been printed and widely distributed. When the Bavarian Benedictines came to the New World, they established a press at Saint Vincent's, and then in Minnesota, laying the groundwork for what would become the Liturgical Press, founded in 1926. Since that time the monks of Saint John's Abbey have been actively engaged in writing, editing, designing, and distributing both journals and books. This mission is a means of evangelization for the church and the world, and provides meaningful work for members of the Abbey and their lay coworkers.
Liturgical Press has become known for its flagship journal in liturgical studies, Worship, and the popular bi-monthly The Bible Today. More recently the Press introduced Give Us This Day, a daily prayer guide. Though its name suggests a focus on the liturgy and sacraments, Liturgical Press has always published both popular and scholarly books on Scripture, monasticism, theology, religious art, and other subjects. Among these are the sumptuous volumes of The Saint John's Bible, as well as the Collegeville Bible Commentary.
Monks of Saint John's write and publish their own works with Liturgical Press and other publishers around the world. Their writing is an extension of their own lectio divina and an expression of personal creativity, in the spirit of their monastic forebears through the centuries.
For readers around the world, The Liturgical Press is known for its publications for both the popular and the academic market. In 2011, The Liturgical Press celebrated eighty-five years of leadership in Catholic publishing. With its committed staff, the support of Saint John's Abbey, and the grace of God, Liturgical Press has carried on its mission of proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Abbey Banner, magazine of Saint John's Abbey, began publication in 2001. Published three times per year (spring, fall, winter), Abbey Banner introduces readers to the life of Saint John's Abbey: the monks, their prayer and liturgical life, spirituality, and daily activities; their apostolates and service; their history; and how they express their commitment to the vision and values of Benedictine monasticism according to the Rule of Saint Benedict.
The Saint John's Bible
The Saint John's Bible is a monumental achievement. As a major artistic, cultural, and spiritual endeavor, it is the first handwritten, hand-illuminated Bible commissioned since the printed press was invented five centuries ago. Discover the entire story behind The Saint John's Bible and learn how you can bring home this glorious expression of artistic creativity and faithfulness to the Word.
Worship is an ecumenical journal devoted to the study of liturgical theology and practice. Concerned with the interface of Christianity and culture, it appraises the liturgy as the major cultural expression of Christianity in the world today. Founded in 1926, Worship seeks to reflect on the role that the various theological disciplines, as well as the arts and social sciences, play in shaping Christian worship and the lives of worshipping Christians in the world. Worship is published bimonthly by the monks of Saint John's Abbey.
The Ordo for the Liturgy of the Hours and Mass in Churches and Oratories of the American-Cassinese Congregation OSB.
The Ordo is issued annually and consists of three major segments of importance and interest to members of the Order of Saint Benedict. The Calendar contains indications of daily Mass readings and both mandatory and optional celebrations. The Necrology lists the deceased of the Congregation by date of death. The Catalog contains information about the Congregation and its member monasteries. Monastics and Oblates may order copies of The Ordo from Bro. Paul August Jasmer OSB, Managing Editor.