Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Hildegard of Bingen

Saint Hildegard "was a writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, German Benedictine abbess, visionary, and polymath. Elected a 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. She wrote theological, botanical and medicinal texts, as well as letters, liturgical songs, poems, and arguably the oldest surviving morality play, while supervising brilliant miniature Illuminations." [a] 

Most glorious and holy God,
whose servant Hildegard, strong in the faith,
was caught up in the vision of your heavenly courts:
by the breath of your Spirit
open our eyes to glimpse your glory
and our lips to sing your praises with all the angels;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.



[a] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hildegard_of_Bingen


  1. Jon, that link for further reading isnt working. Could you check it? thanks!

    1. Ah, the hazards of reusing blogs from year to year! Looks like the site pointed to has died in the meantime. Thanks for spotting it! :-) I've just removed that section, for want of anything better than the Wikipedia article to link to.