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Hildegard von Bingen - Pentecost 22.5.23

Pentecost happens 50 days after Easter, on the 7th Sunday after Easter Sunday. It is named Whitsun (or Whit Sunday). This day remembers when the Holy Spirit descended (came down) on to the Apostles. These were the friends of Jesus who are also often called Jesus’ disciples. They went out to tell the world about Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit.  


Hildegard von Bingen (1098 – 17 September 1179), also known as Saint Hildegard was a German Benedictine abbess. In this role she was also a writer, composer, philosopher, mystic, visionary, and as a medical writer and practitioner during the High Middle Ages. 


She is one of the best-known composers of sacred monophony (one single line of melody, no harmony) by any other composer from the entire Middle Ages, and she is one of the few known composers to have written both the music and the words.  

This piece of music talks of the Holy Spirit being the root of giving life.  

The Holy Spirit: living and life-giving, 
the life that’s all things moving, 
the root in all created being 


On this day, ‘Veni creator Spiritus’ is often sung in churches. is a traditional Christian hymn believed to have been written by Rabanus Maurus, a ninth-century saint, German monk, teacher. It translates from the Latin as ‘come Holy ghost, creator blest’. At King Charles’ coronation it was sung in 4 different languages from the United Kingdom.  

Hildegard of Bingen: De Spiritu Sancto (Holy Spirit, The Quickener Of Life)

Coronation of King Charles III: Veni Creator Spiritus (in four British Languages) & Zadok the Priest

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