Going Medieval

Posted: March 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

I usually don’t like strained attempts to go back a millennium and capture the life of anyone, much less a 12th century Benedictine mystic, but the creators of Vision: The life of Hildegard von Bingen did her right.

For a glimpse into the monastic spirituality of the time, and a spotlight on the bright light of Hildegard’s visions, do find a way to see it.

And for those hymnology buffs among us you’ll be interested to know that in our Chalice Hymnal there are no less than three quotes from Hildegard’s writings and one hymn that weaves many strands of her writing together in one place (251, O Holy Spirit, Root of Life).

Fire of the Spirit, life of the lives of creatures,

spiral of sanctity, bond of all natures,

goal of charity, lights of clarity,

taste of sweetness to sinners, be with us and hear us.

Composer of all things, light of all the risen,

key of salvation, release from the dark prison,

hope of all unions, scope of chastities,

joy in the glory, strong honor, be with us and hear us . (CH 52)

* * *

Holy Spirit

making life alive, moving in all things, root of all created being,

cleansing the cosmos of every impurity, effacing guilt, anointing wounds.

You are lustrous and praiseworthy life,

You waken and re-awaken everything that is. (CH 235)

* * *

Creator God, draw compassion from us.

Christ, draw compassion from us.

Spirit God, draw compassion from us. (CH 541)

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