Saint Hildegard of Bingen, Germany (1098-1179), was an extraordinary woman of the Middle Ages: writer, composer, philosopher, theologian, Christian mystic, Benedictine abbess, visionary, and polymath. This statuette is a most appropriate gift to celebrate her feast day on September 17th. This will also make a superb gift for a wedding, wedding anniversary, ordination, and donor recognition.
A Ceramic Statuette of Saint Hildegard of Bingen
Standing 16.5 inches high and five inches wide and deep, this beautiful statuette of Saint Hildegard is a one-of-kind piece. Conceived and handmade by a German cloistered nun and artist in a Germany monastery, this unique and very special gift will honor that special “Hildegard” or devotee of Hildeard in your life!
Saint Hildegard of Bingen – The “Sibyl of the Rhine”
Saint Hildegard authored produced major works of theology (including Scivias (Latin: “Know the Ways” – go to the History/Story tab). She also related accounts of her mystical visions in an era when few women could even read or write. Bishops, popes, and kings asked for counsel and advice. After studying the healing powers and medicinal uses of herbs, plants, trees, and animals, Saint Hildegard penned treatises of her discoveries. She is among the earliest of the best-known composers of music. Her masterwork, Ordo Virtutum, is an early example of liturgical drama and possibly the oldest existing morality play. She established a convent where the sisters performed her musical plays. For centuries she has been commonly held to be a saint, and several Popes have venerated her as such. But she was never officially canonized. So Pope Benedict XIV proclaimed her a saint on May 10, 2012 and a Doctor of the Church on October 7, 2012. Saint Hildeard of Bingen is now the fourth female Doctor of the Church – after St. Teresa of Avila, St. Catherine of Siena, and St. Therese of Lisieux – and one of only 34 Doctors of the Church.