Readings for the Memorial of
St. Hildegard of Bingen Abbess, Mystic, Musician
Feast Day: September 17
St. Hildegard is commemorated on both the Catholic and Anglican/Episcopal Calendars, with her feast celebrated more particularly on the Anglican/Episcopal Calendar, with its own set of Propers. The following Collect and Readings are those used in the Episcopal Church.
John 3:16-21 Collect:
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 for ever.
The pride of the higher realms is the clear vault of the sky,
as glorious to behold as the sight of the heavens.
The sun, when it appears, proclaims as it rises
what a marvelous instrument it is, the work of the Most High.
It is the moon that marks the changing seasons,
governing the times, their everlasting sign.
From the moon comes the sign for festal days,
a light that wanes when it completes its course.
The glory of the stars is the beauty of heaven,
a glittering array in the heights of the Lord.
On the orders of the Holy One they stand in their appointed places;
they never relax in their watches.
Look at the rainbow, and praise him who made it;
it is exceedingly beautiful in its brightness.
It encircles the sky with its glorious arc;
the hands of the Most High have stretched it out.
We could say more but could never say enough;
let the final word be: "He is the all."
Where can we find the strength to praise him?
For he is greater than all his works.
25 People go forth to their work * and to their labour until the evening. 26 O Lord, how manifold are your works! * In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. 27 There is the sea, spread far and wide, * and there move creatures beyond number, both small and great. 28 There go the ships, and there is that Leviathan * which you have made to play in the deep. 29 All of these look to you * to give them their food in due season. 30 When you give it them, they gather it; * you open your hand and they are filled with good. 31 When you hide your face they are troubled; * when you take away their breath, they die and return again to the dust. 32 When you send forth your spirit, they are created, * and you renew the face of the earth. 33 May the glory of the Lord endure for ever; * may the Lord rejoice in his works; 34 He looks on the earth and it trembles; * he touches the mountains and they smoke.
Jesus said, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
"Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God."