Feast Day: September 17th

Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) was a most extraordinary woman: Benedictine abbess, scholar, counselor, visionary, herbalist, healer, dietician, naturalist, poet, artist, composer and lyricist. She is the first saint I read about in-depth when initially exploring Catholicism and I have been fascinated by her ever since.

For her feast day I have compiled the following ideas:

Food and Drink
Hildegard von Bingen's "De Spiritu Sancto:"

In addition to the above reading and food/drink, we will be listening to some of her music -- numerous CDs are available and there is much of it on YouTube also. I especially like The Origin of Fire: Music and Visions of Hildegard von Bingen, a CD by Anonymous 4.

I had dearly hoped that the DVD of Margarethe von Trotta's Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen would be available in the U.S. this year, but alas, it appears that the film is due for another round in select theaters first (though of course, none in Kansas).

Lastly, we will be making a simple herbal salve from our Herbal Medicine Making Kit, though I think any sort of herbal craft would work equally well. For more on Hildegard as an herbal healer see: Hildegard of Bingen: Herbal Healer of the Rhine, an article from The Herb Companion magazine.


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