A Syro-Malabar Catholic in India spent his time in COVID-19 enforced lockdown creating a handwritten copy of the Bible, using standard letter-sized paper and ballpoint pens. Source: Crux.
Rejin Valson, a 28-years-old from the southern state of Kerala, took 113 days to finish the project. His 73-book Bible has 2,755 pages, and Mr Valson used 32 pens to complete the job. The finished Bible weighs over 13 kilograms.
“My wife, Choice, is pregnant with our first child, she is in her seventh month. I wanted to complete this mission before the delivery. I did not do it for publicity. It is for my baby’s good health and I want to be a good father,” Mr Valson said.
Kerala is the Christian heartland of India and is home of the Eastern-rite Syro-Malabar Church, of which Mr Valson and his family are members.
“I began writing on April 1, but prior to that, I had one week of preparation – including practising – from the last week of March. Some days, I would write for 10-11 hours a day, sometimes 2-3 hours a day, but I prayed every time before I began writing. I even prayed for patience,” Mr Valson explained.
Once finished, the Bible was unveiled at his parish. The Valson family presented it to Thrissur Archbishop Andrews Thazhath and Auxiliary Bishop Tony Neelankavil of Thrissur on July 31.
“We presented the Bible to the archbishop, and his grace gave us his blessings and said I was a model for all,” Mr Valson said.
Holy lockdown! Indian man spends COVID-19 crisis making handwritten Bible (By Nirmala Carvalho, Crux)