May 29, 2016

O Virtus Sapientie (O Wisdom’s Energy!)


O Virtus Sapientie is an antiphon for Divine Wisdom by the German mystic Saint Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179). It begins: "O virtus Sapientie, que circuiens circuisti comprehendendo omnia (O Wisdom’s energy! Whirling, you encircle and everything embrace)". Complete Latin text, English translation, musical score, and commentary can be found here (opens in new window). In 2012, Benedict XVI declared her a Doctor of the Universal Church, citing this 12th century Benedictine abbess as "an authentic teacher of theology and a profound scholar of natural science and music."

O Vis Eternitatis (O Power Within Eternity)


O Vis Eternitatis is a responsory for the Creator and Redeemer by the German mystic Saint Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179). It begins: "O vis eternitatis que omnia ordinasti in corde tuo, per Verbum tuum omnia creata sunt sicut voluisti (O power within eternity: all things you held in order in your heart, and through your Word were all created according to your will)". Complete Latin text, English translation, musical score, and commentary can be found here (opens in new window). In 2012, Benedict XVI declared her a Doctor of the Universal Church, citing this 12th century Benedictine abbess as "an authentic teacher of theology and a profound scholar of natural science and music."

O Ignis Spiritus Paracliti (O Fire of the Spirit)


O Ignis Spiritus Paracliti is a sequence for the Holy Spirit by the German mystic Saint Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179). It begins: "O ignis Spiritus paracliti, vita vite omnis creature, sanctus es vivificando formas (O fire of the Spirit and Defender, the life of every life created: Holy are you—giving life to every form)". Complete Latin text, English translation, musical score, and commentary can be found here (opens in new window). In 2012, Benedict XVI declared her a Doctor of the Universal Church, citing this 12th century Benedictine abbess as "an authentic teacher of theology and a profound scholar of natural science and music."