The opening words of each Gospel, the Incipits, are in highly-decorated
The story of Christ's birth in each Gospel is also introduced
by a great Chi-rho page - the first letters of 'Christos'
in Greek, a Christian symbol.
These painted labyrinths are masterpieces of sacred calligraphy:
an artform portraying and celebrating the Divine without using
human figures or forms.
The distinctive display script takes elements from many
different cultures. There are Roman capitals, Greek characters
and angular letters recalling Germanic runes. Large decorated
initials mark important passages in the text. They are filled
with interlaced birds and beasts - creation of the word of
God - and with a maze-like vortex of Celtic spiral-work recalling
water, air and fire.