On 10 May 2012, Pope Benedict XVI extended the liturgical cult of St. Hildegard of Bingen to the universal Church
One of the most important women in medieval Europe has in effect been canonised
Hildegard’s parish and pilgrimage church in Eibingen near Rüdesheim houses her relics.
Benedict XVI is set to appoint her as a Doctor of the Church in October 2012
There is a great deal of interest in this newly canonised saint and soon to be Doctor
There have been attempts by New Age believers to "hijack" her for their own ideological ends but her work far transcendssuch narrow confines, work which is all the more remarkable for being caried out in spite of great debilitating illness.
YouTube has a channel devoted to Saint Hildegard of Bingen. At the moment it has 903 videos.
Many are beautiful renditions of her work.
Some are erudite lectures.
The German film "Vision" about her life can be viewed in its entirety - in Spanish.
Here is a version of the plainchant Columba aspexit (The Dove peered in), a sequence for St Maximinus ca. 1140 -1179 :
Columba aspexitper cancellos fenestraeubi ante faciem eiussudando sudavit balsamumde lucido Maximino.
Calor solis exarsitet in tenebras resplenduitunde gemma surrexitin edificatione templipurissimi cor dis benivoli.
Iste turris excelsa,de ligno Libani et cipresso facta,iacincto et sardio ornata est,urbs precellens artesaliorum artificum.
Ipse velox cervus cucurritad fontem purissime aquefluentis de fortissimo lapidequi dulcia aromata irrigavit.
O pigmentariqui estis in suavissima viriditatehortorum regis,ascendentes in altumquando sanctum sacrificiumin arietibus perfecistis.
Inter vos fulget hic artifex,paries templi,qui desideravit alas aquileosculando nutricem Sapientiamin gloriosa fecunditate Ecclesie.
O Maximine,mons et vallis es,et in utroque alta edificatio appares,ubi capricornus cum elephante exivit,et Sapientia in deliciis fuit.
Tu es fortiset suavis in cerimoniiset in choruscatiane altaris,ascendens ut fumus aromatumad columpnam laudis.
Ubi intercedis pro populoqui tendit ad speculum lucis,cui laus est in altis.
Here is a translation from the Hyperion Records album: A Feather On The Breath Of God
The dove peered inthrough the lattices of the windowswhere, before its face,a balm exudedfrom incandescent Maximilian.
The heat of the sun burneddazzling into the gloom:whence a jewel sprang forthin the building of the templeof the purest loving heart.
He, the high tower,constructed of Lebanon wood and cypress,has been adorned with jacinth and diamonds,a city excelling the craftsof other builders.
This swift hart spedto the fountain of clearest waterflowing from the most powerful stonewhich courses with delightful spices.
O Perfume-Makers,you who are in the sweetest greennessof the gardens of the King,ascending on highwhen you have completed the holy sacrificewith the rams.
This builder shines among you,the wall of the temple,who longed for the wings of an eagle,kissing his nurse Wisdom
in the glorious fecundity of the Church.O Maximilian,you are the mount and the valleyand in both you seem a high building,where the goat went with the elephantand Wisdom was in rapture.
You are strongand beautiful in ritesand in the shining of the altar,mounting like the smoke of perfumesto the column of praise.
Where you intercede for the peoplewho stretch towards the mirror of lightto whom there is praise on high.
French Catholic TV (KTO) produced an hour long documentary in French on her life and works. It is well worth looking at for the views of the Rhine scenery , the chant and the interviews with the nuns who follow Hildegard:
Here is the first 15 minute clip if the film "Vision" - in Spanish. The other clips can be seen on You Tube. It shows her as a little girl and being taken to the convent at aged 8 years
Here in the Sunday Forum series held at St Paul's Cathedral, London we see and hear a lecture on the new Saint by Reverend Professor June Boyce-Tillman who amongst other things discusses the saint`s life and her view of the Trinity:
It is no coincidence that St Hildegard (and St John of Avila) are being proclaimed Doctirs of the Church before the Year of Faith. Pope Benedict made this quite clear
On Penetcost Sunday this year (Sunday, 27 May 2012) he saidl
"But the sanctity of their life and the profundity of their doctrine render them perennially relevant: the grace of the Holy Spirit, in fact, projected them into the experience of penetrating understanding of divine revelation and intelligent dialogue with that world which constitutes the eternal horizon of the life and action of the Church.
Especially in light of the project for a new evangelization, to which the Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, mentioned above will be dedicated on the eve of the Year of Faith, these two Saints and Doctors are of considerable and timely importance. Even today, through their teaching, the Spirit of the Risen Lord continues to resonate his voice and illuminate the way which leads to the Truth that alone can set us free and give full meaning to our lives."