Spiritus Sanctus Vivificans (Holy Spirit, Living and Life-Giving)

Posted May 26, 2016 7:58 pm by Webmaster

Spiritus Sanctus Vivificans (Holy Spirit, Living and Life-Giving)

Spiritus Sanctus Vivificans is a Psalm antiphon for the Holy Spirit by the German mystic Saint Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179). It begins: “Spiritus sanctus vivificans vita moves omnia (Holy Spirit: living and life-giving, the life that’s all things moving)”. Complete Latin text, English translation, music score, and commentary can be found here (opens in new window). In 2012, Benedict XVI declared her a Doctor of the Universal Church, citing this 12th century Benedictine abbess as “an authentic teacher of theology and a profound scholar of natural science and music.”

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