May 29, 2016

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). Approved by her contemporaries: St. Bernard of Clairvaux and Pope Eugene III, in 2012 Benedict XVI declared Hildegard 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."

May 28, 2016

O Ignee Spiritus (O Fiery Spirit)


O Ignee Spiritus is a hymn to the Holy Spirit by the German mystic Saint Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179). It begins: "O ignee Spiritus, laus tibi sit, qui in timpanis et citharis operaris (O fiery Spirit, praise to you, who on the tympana and lyre work and play!)". Complete Latin text, English translation, musical score, and commentary can be found here (opens in new window). Approved by her contemporaries: St. Bernard of Clairvaux and Pope Eugene III, in 2012 Benedict XVI formalized her canonization and declared Hildegard the 35th 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."

Karitas Habundat / Caritas Abundant (Love Abounds In All)


Karitas Habundat (also spelt: Caritas Abundant) is a psalm antiphon for the Holy Spirit by the German mystic Saint Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179). It begins: "Karitas habundat in omnia de iris excellentissima (Love abounds in all, from the depths exalted and excelling)". Complete Latin text, English translation, music score, and commentary can be found here (opens in new window). Approved by her contemporaries: St. Bernard of Clairvaux and Pope Eugene III, in 2012 Benedict XVI formalized her canonization and declared Hildegard the 35th 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."