Last Tuesday (September17) was St. Hildegard's Day. Hildegard of Bingen was a twelfth century abbess who was also a writer, composer, philosopher, and Christian mystic. One of only four women to have been named Doctor of the Church, she has gained much attention in recent years because of the music she wrote as well as the holistic spirituality that she advocated. Those interested in feminism, liturgical music, spirituality or holistic medicine may all find things if interest in the writings of St. Hildegard.
Last week, on St. Hildegard's Day, Penny Nash, who blogs at One Cannot Have Too Large A Party shared this chant from Hildegard's Canticles of Ecstasy. I found it to be so beautiful I wanted to share it here.