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Feastday: September 17

Birth: 1098

Death: 1179


Benedictine abbess and mystic called “the Sybil of the Rhine.” She was born in Bockelheim, Germany. Sickly as a child, she was given to an aunt, Jutta, for care in a hermitage near Speyer. She founded Rupertsberg Convent near Bingen around 1147. She was one of the first great German mystics, a poetess, and prophetess. Her music and poetry have remained popular over the centuries, all part of her recorded mystical experiences. Her best known work is Scivias, written between 1141 and 1151, relating twenty six of her visions. Never formally canonized, Hildegard is regarded as a saint.


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