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What is Viriditas?


Oh fire of the Holy Spirit,
Life of the life of every creature,
Holy are you in giving life to forms...
You bring and bind all together,
From you clouds flow, air flies,
Rocks have their humors,
Rivers spring forth from the waters
And Earth wears her green vigor.

--St. Hildegard of Bingen

About 900 years ago St. Hildegard created the word Viriditas from Latin words to describe the principle of greenness or vitality in all of nature. Although this could be interpreted to mean the process of life in a natural sense, St. Hildegard meant it to encompass the spiritual perspective as well. In this sense, Viriditas refers to the power or influence of God in life and nature.

St. Hildegard saw the notion of Viriditas, or Greening Power, penetrating every aspect of life. This Greenness was the very expression of Divine power on Earth.

The Word of God regulates the movements of the Sun, the Moon, and the stars. The Word of God gives the light that shines from the heavenly bodies. He makes the wind blow, the rivers run, and the rain fall. He makes trees burst into blossom, and the crops bring forth the harvest.
--St. Hildegard of Bingen

Since St. Hildegard believed that all life was created by God, all life equally carries this Divine energy, or Viriditas. This is the foundation upon which all her texts rest, whether songs, visions, or natural observations.

The Music of Viriditas
O Viridissima Virga
Hildegard Exhibit
a Journey Through The Senses. Hand crafted artwork that embodies the beauty, warmth and power that is the life and work of Hildegard.

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