This Sunday is also Rogation Sunday which continues until Ascension Day, this year on May 17. Seedlings, plants, fields, and gardens are blessed. When the weather permitted, we processed outside at the end of the service singing psalms for the clergy to “beat the bounds” of the parish.
In her Monday Meditation, Dean Melinda wrote about Hildegard and her writings of viriditas, or greenness. Following is one of Hildegard’s compositions about viriditas, “O nobilissim a viriditas" sung by The Rose Ensemble. (The music of Hildegard may be an acquired taste but please give it a try!)
"O nobilissim a viriditas"
O most noble Greenness, rooted in the sun,
And who shines in bright serenity upon the wheel,
Nothing on earth can comprehend you,
You are encircled in the arms of divine mysteries.
You are radiant as the dawn and burn as the flame of the sun.