Hildegard of Bingen

  • Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Carol Anderson as Hildegard of Bingen in her original production, "Feather on the Breath of God." PROVIDED

Hildegard of Bingen -The Remarkable Journey of a 12th
Century Mystic - Performed at St. John the Beloved
“A Feather on the Breath of God” brings to life the story of the medieval mystic, Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179). Professional actress Carol Anderson portrays Hildegard as a vibrant combination of wisdom, wit and passion.
Anderson has performed “A Feather on the Breath of God” nationally at conferences, churches, universities and events such as Charleston's Piccolo Festival. On Sunday, March 10 at 4:00 P.M., Anderson will be bringing what has been described as a “gem of a one hour show," to St. John the Beloved Catholic Church (28 Sumter Ave., Summerville).
For those who aren't familiar with Hildegard of Bingen, hers is the story of an obscure uneducated nun who went on to become an author, poet, musician, healer, naturalist, and prophetic voice for her time. Her counsel was sought after by everyone from the local peasants to the papacy of Rome, Eleanor of Aquitaine and King Henry II.  Hildegard's odyssey began as she states in her own words: “When I was 42 years and 7 months old, a burning light of tremendous brightness poured into my entire mind, inflamed my entire heart. A voice from heaven said to me. 'Write and speak what you see and hear.'"
Hildegard's struggle to obey God's voice and express herself in the face of the politics of her times creates a fascinating story of faith and courage. “A Feather on the Breath of God” has engaged audiences across the country. Dr. Bruce Hozeski Founder of the Intl. Society of Hildegard von Bingen Studies says, “When I saw the performance I was truly astonished...a marvelously
accurate and entertaining portrayal of Hildegard.”
Sue Monk Kidd, best selling author of the Secret Life of Bees says, “It was an incredible performance. But it was more than a performance, it was inspired. I've seen a lot on Broadway and this performance was up there with
some of the best."
Writer and actress Carol Anderson says of the play, “I am amazed each time I perform it how this piece speaks into lives today. Hildegard was an ordinary woman who stepped out and did extraordinary things. She inspires
us to do the same with our call. It's great to be able to perform her story.”
“A Feather on the Breath of God” is presented as a gift to the community through support of the St. John the Beloved Music and Art Series.  Donations of $10 for adults or $5 for students will help to continue to support the concert series.  Patrons should pay as they able; those who cannot donate are still warmly welcomed.  For more information, contact St. John the Beloved Music at 843-873-0631 x15. 
For more information on "Feather on the Breath of God"
Carol Anderson and Acts of Renewal
Sue Monk Kidd

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