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O Ecclesia celebrates Saint Ursula who, according to legend, was martyred with eleven thousand virgins at Cologne. Ursula, a woman who had rejected an earthly marriage for a heavenly one, who had died in Cologne, and who led a company of Christian women, naturally occupied a special place in Hildegard’s devotion. There were relics of Ursula at Disibodenberg where Hildegard had been raised, and Elisabeth of Schonau (a mystic whom Hildegard knew) created a stir in 1156/7 with her visions of Ursula and her companions. Hildegard does not appear to have been directly influenced by these visions, but this is her most sustained response to a legend that was clearly popular and much in the minds of clerics and laymen.

from notes by Christopher Page © 1982

Recordings

Gothic Voices Gramophone Award Winners Collection
CDS44251/33CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Hildegard of Bingen: A feather on the breath of God
CDA66039

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Track 8 on CDA66039 [6'11]
Track 8 on CDS44251/3 CD1 [6'11] 3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

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