hildegard von bingen – o euchari (1161)

you walked blithely when you stayed
with the Son of God,
touching him, watching
his miracle-working.

You loved him with a perfect love
when terror fell on your friends —
who being human had no
strength to bear the brightness
of the good.

But you — in the blaze of utmost love —
drew him to your heart
when you gathered the sheaves
of his precepts.

when the Word of God possessed you
in the blaze of the dove,
when the sun rose in your spirit,
you founded a church in your bliss.

Daylight shimmers in your heart
where three tabernacles stand
on a marble pillar
in the city of God.

In your preaching Ecclesia
savors old wine with new —
a chalice twice hallowed.

And in your teaching Ecclesia
argued with such force
that her shout rang over the mountains,
that the hills and the woods might bow
to suck her breasts.

Pray for this company now,
pray with resounding voice
that we forsake not Christ
in his sacred rites,
but become before his altar
a living sacrifice.

Translated by Barbara Newman

Comment from the maker of the video: “This piece was influenced by cubist works of circus and theatrical subjects in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum of Art in Madrid. It is also influenced by stained glass work I saw at the Theatre of Glass in Bath. The original piece is much more beautiful because of the larger file size.
The kinetic version of this piece is set against Hildegard von Bingens O Euchari (1161) sung by Emma Kirkby and Gothic Voices.”

~ D Lewis Baker

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