Presented by Anonymous 4, a female a cappella quartet, based in New York City.
From the video text:
"Hildegard of Bingen, (1098-1179) was born a tenth child to a German noble family. She was an influential and spiritual woman whose fierce devotion paved the way for future generations of women to succeed in fields from theology, to medicine, to music and art. At a very early age she claimed to experience supernatural visions of a powerful, transformative light, but she hid her prophetic abilities until much later in life. She was admitted into a convent at the age of eight, and was prepared for a life of hermetic devotion and meditation."
One quote below from this link:
“O mirum admirandum” (no. 41). Margot Fassler suggests that this antiphon, “with its haunting beauty and mysterious apocalyptic close, reads almost as an epitaph for the seer herself.” She thus sees this song’s final words as apocalyptically true of Hildegard herself. This is Fassler’s lovely translation:
…arise in the end
as you rose in the beginning
when the blossom that sustains you blooms
on all the boughs in the world.
On May 10, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI ordered Hildegard, who died in 1179, to be inscribed "in the catalogue of saints," thus extending her cult "to the universal church." link
Papal Summer Residence, Castel Gandolfo
Wednesday, 1st September 2010 apostolic letter link
Other mentions by Pope Benedict XVI link
Discography of St Hildegard musical works link
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