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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Hildegarde von Bingen (1098 - 1179). Voice Of The Living Light. Feast Day 17 September.

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Saint Hildegarde von Bingen (1098 - 1179).
   Feast Day 17 September.

English: Eibingen Abbey, Germany, where Saint Hildegard von Bingen is buried.
Deutsch: Benediktinerinnenkloster Eibingen.
Photo: 8 October 2006.
Source: Own work.
Author: Moguntiner.
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"Canticles of Ecstacy".
By Hildegard von Bingen.
Sung by Sequentia.
Available on YouTube at

Hildegard of Bingen, Order of Saint Bernard (O.S.B.). (German: Hildegard von Bingen; Latin: Hildegardis Bingensis; 1098 – 17 September 1179), also known as Saint Hildegard and Sibyl of The Rhine, was a German Benedictine Abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, visionary, and polymath. She is considered to be the founder of scientific natural history in Germany.

Hildegard was elected magistra by her fellow Nuns in 1136; she Founded the Monasteries of Rupertsberg, in 1150, and Eibingen, in 1165. One of her Works as a composer, the Ordo Virtutum, is an early example of Liturgical drama and arguably the oldest surviving morality play.

She wrote theological, botanical, and medicinal texts, as well as Letters, Liturgical songs, and poems, while supervising miniature Illuminations in The Rupertsberg Manuscript of her first Work, "Scivias". She is also noted for the invention of a constructed language known as "Lingua Ignota".

Although the history of her formal consideration is complicated, she has been recognised as a Saint by Branches of The Roman Catholic Church for Centuries. On 7 October 2012, Pope Benedict XVI named her a Doctor of The Church.

Alphabet invented by Hildegard von Bingen, "Litterae ignotae", which she used for her language "Lingua Ignota".
Collage of a scan of a12th-Century Manuscript.
Source: en.wikipedia File: 29 December 2005.
User: Jorunn.
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The following Text is from "The Liturgical Year", by Abbot Guéranger, O.S.B..
Translated from the French by Dom Laurence Shepherd, O.S.B.

At Bingen, in the Diocese of Mayence, Saint Hildegarde, Virgin. Let us salute the "great Prophetess of The New Testament." What Saint Bernard of Clairvaux's influence over his contemporaries was in the first half of the 12th-Century, that in the second half of the 12th-Century was Saint Hildegard von Bingen's, when the humble Virgin became the oracle of Popes and Emperors, of Princes and Prelates.

Multitudes from far and wide, and near, flocked to Mount Saint Rupert, where the doubts of ordinary life were solved, and the questions of doctors answered. At length, by God's command, Hildegarde went forth from her Monastery to administer to all alike, Monks, Clerics, and Laymen, The Word of Correction and Salvation.

The Spirit, indeed, breatheth where He will. To the massy (Editor: Massive] Pillars that support His Royal Palace, God preferred the poor little feather floating in the air, and blown about, at His pleasure, hither and thither in the light.

In spite of labours, sicknesses, and trials, The Holy Abbess lived to the advanced age of eighty-two, "in the shadow of The Living Light." Her precious Relics are now at Eibingen Abbey. The writings handed down to us from the pen of this illiterate Virgin, are a series of sublime visions, embracing the whole range of contemporary science, physical and Theological, from The Creation of The World to its final consummation.

May Hildegarde deign to send us an interpreter of her Works and an historian of her life, such as they merit !

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Deus, qui beatam Hildegardem virginem tuam, 
donis cœlestibus decorasti:
tribue, quæsumus: ut ejus vestigiis et documentis insistentes,
a præsentis hujus sæculi caligine ad lucem tuam delectabilem transire mereamur.
Per Dominum Jesum Christum, Filium Tuum,
Qui Tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus,
Per omnia saecula saeculorum.

R. Amen.

O, God, Who didst adorn Thy Blessed Virgin Hildegarde with Heavenly Gifts;
grant, we beseech Thee, that, walking in her footsteps and according to her teachings,
we may deserve to pass from the darkness of this World into Thy lovely light.
Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son,
Who lives and reigns in the unity of The Holy Ghost,
God, forever and ever,


By Hildegard von Bingen.
Sung by Sequentia.
Available on YouTube at

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