Saturday, December 20, 2014

December 20: St. Dominic of Silos

St. Dominic of Silos
by Bartolomé Bermejo


Dominic was born in Spain. He became a Benedictine monk, later leading his community as abbot. A king tried to get Dominic to hand over some of the Benedictine property, but Dominic refused. So the king exiled him to a different kingdom, where Dominic became abbot of another community. There, he started a famous scriptorium – a special room for copying out the Bible. 


When Dominic was alive, the printing press had not been invented yet. That meant that the only way to make copies of the Bible was to write it out carefully by hand. Each page was checked over and if there was even one mistake, the whole page would be burned. This is how the Church made sure that every Bible was accurate. Today, choose a story in the Bible (or just a verse for little ones) and copy it out by hand in your very best handwriting. Imagine how long it would take to copy out the whole Bible! 

Saint Dominic of Silos, pray for us!

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