The Feast of Saint Hildegard

Today, September 17, 2012, is the first feast day for Saint Hildegard of Bingen, as a saint recognized universally within the Catholic Church.Hildegard passed away on this day in 1179. It took 833 years for it to become an "official" saint's day in the Catholic Calendar. Pope Benedict XVI recognized Hildegard as a saint just this past May.In another 20 days — on October 7 — Hildegard will be declared a Doctor of the Church, joining with Juan of Avila and only thirty-three other saints, my … [Read more...]

Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen

On Monday Fran and I went to see Vision, a recent German-language film directed by Margarethe Von Trotta and starring Barbara Sukowa, on the life of the twefth-century visionary abbess, Hildegard of Bingen. Many people in our time know of Hildegard exclusively through her music, thanks to beautiful contemporary recordings like Gothic Voices and Emma Kirkby's luminous A Feather on the Breath of God. But Hildegard was more than just a composer — she was truly a renaissance woman, centuries before t … [Read more...]


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