This story is adapted from the 12th century biography of St. Hildegard of Bingen (Vita Sanctae Hildegardis) by Gottfried of Disibodenberg and Theodoric of Echternach. It tells of five mysterious letters that appeared on the altar cloth to a frightened priest who sought her help in deciphering them. Made entirely in Second Life.
Hildegard of Bingen was one of the greatest and most productive women of the western middle ages. She founded two convents on the Rhine, Bingen and Eibingen, was known for her visions and her prolific writing that disclosed them, her musical compositions, her letters, her healing, her preaching and her invented language: Lingua Ignota from which I read five of her words at the end of the film (they appear in the antiphon I sing).
In the Fall of 2012, after 800 years, Pope Benedict XVI finally announced her canonization and made her a Doctor of the Church. She holds that honor with only three other women: St. Catherine of Siena, St. Teresa of Avila, and St. Therese of Lisieux and is thus ranked with St. Augustine of Hippo, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Ambrose, Pope Gregory I, and many other men of "eminent learning" and "sanctity."
This film won sixth prize (Special Award: Narration and Historical Content) in the 2011 MachinimWUA III Challenge: "Journey."
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