Novena To St. Hildegard von Bingen (September 8 – September 17)

Day 1

St. Hildegard you have said:

Just as a mirror,
which reflects all things,
is set in its own container,
so too the rational soul
is placed in the fragile container of the body.
In this way,
the body is governed in its earthly life by the soul,
and the soul contemplates heavenly things through faith.

DAILY PRAYERS

O glorious St. Hildegard,
abbess of the order of St. Benedict
and doctor of the universal Church,
we now join in the prayer you taught us…

God is the foundation for everything
This God undertakes, God gives.
Such that nothing that is necessary for life is lacking.
Now humankind needs a body that at all times honors and praises God.
This body is supported in every way through the earth.
Thus the earth glorifies the power of God.

O God, by whose grace your servant Hildegard,
kindled with the Fire of your love,
became a burning and shining light in your Church:
Grant that we also may be aflame
with the spirit of love and discipline,
and walk before you as children of light;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Amen.

St. Hildegard von Bingen,
pray for us

Day 2

St. Hildegard you have said:

These visions which I saw were not in sleep nor in dreams,
nor in my imagination nor by bodily eyes
or outward ears nor in a hidden place;
but in watching, aware with the pure eyes of the mind
and inner ear of the heart.

Repeat the “Daily Prayers” in Day 1 above.

Day 3

St. Hildegard you have said:

Holy Spirit, the life that gives life:
You are the cause of all movement.
You are the breath of all creatures.
You are the salve that purifies our souls.
You are the ointment that heals our wounds.
You are the fire that warms our hearts.
You are the light that guides our feet.
Let all the world praise you.

Repeat the “Daily Prayers” in Day 1 above.

Day 4

St. Hildegard you have said:

Listen: there was once a king sitting on his throne.
Around Him stood great and wonderfully
beautiful columns ornamented with ivory,
bearing the banners of the king with great honour.
Then it pleased the king
to raise a small feather from the ground,
and he commanded it to fly.
The feather flew,
not because of anything in itself
but because the air bore it along.
Thus am I, a feather on the breath of God.

Repeat the “Daily Prayers” in Day 1 above.

Day 5

St. Hildegard you have said:

Dare to declare who you are.
It is not far from the shores of silence
to the boundaries of speech.
The path is not long,
but the way is deep.
You must not only walk there,
you must be prepared to leap.

The mystery of God hugs you
in its all-encompassing arms.

Repeat the “Daily Prayers” in Day 1 above.

Day 6

St. Hildegard you have said:

Sometimes when we hear a song
we breathe deeply and sigh.
This reminds the prophet
that the soul arises from heavenly harmony.
In thinking about this,
he was aware that the soul itself
has something in itself of this music…

Repeat the “Daily Prayers” in Day 1 above.

Day 7

St. Hildegard you have said:

Don’t let yourself forget that God’s grace
rewards not only those who never slip,
but also those who bend and fall.
So sing! The song of rejoicing softens hard hearts.
It makes tears of godly sorrow flow from them.
Singing summons the Holy Spirit.
Happy praises offered in simplicity
and love lead the faithful to complete harmony,
without discord.
Don’t stop singing.

Repeat the “Daily Prayers” in Day 1 above.

Day 8

St. Hildegard you have said:

“People have within themselves
struggles of confession and of denial…
And in this struggle the question is:
Is there a God or not?
The answer comes from the Holy Spirit
Who dwells in the person:

God is, and created you, and also redeemed you.

As long as this question and answer are in a person,
the power of God will not be absent from him,
for this question and answer
carries with it penitence.
But when this question is not in a person,
neither is the answer of the Holy Spirit,
for such a person drives out God’s gift from himself
and without the question
that leads to penitence,
throws himself upon death.
And the Virtues display to God
the battles of these wars,
for they are the seal that shows God
the intention that worships or denies Him.”

Repeat the “Daily Prayers” in Day 1 above.

Day 9

St. Hildegard you have said:

“A human being is a vessel that God has built for himself
and filled with his inspiration
so that his works are perfected in it.”

“Now, O son of God,
set in the valley of true humility,
walk in peace without pride of spirit,
which, like a precipitous mountain,
offers a difficult, or near-impossible,
ascent or descent to those who attempt to scale it,
and on its summit no building can be built.
For a person who tries to climb higher than he can achieve
possesses the name of sanctity without substance,
because, in name alone without a structure of good works,
he glories in a kind of vain joy of the mind.”

“Humility always groans, weeps and destroys all offenses,
for this is its work.
So let anyone who wishes to conquer the Devil
arm himself with humility,
since Lucifer fervently flees it
and hides in its presence like a snake in a hole;
for wherever it finds him,
it quickly snaps him like a fragile thread.”

Repeat the “Daily Prayers” in Day 1 above.

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