The One Enthroned
Updated: Dec 24, 2019
From Hildegard of Bingen's "Scivias" Ruperstberg Manuscript Illumination, 1175
Book I, Vision I: The One Enthroned
Hildegard sees the Lord of the universe enthroned as "angel of great counsel" on an iron-colored mountain, which represents the eternity of his kingdom. The commentary contrasts divine majesty with mortal humility, for the two Virtues irradiated by the glory of God are Fear of the Lord and Poverty of Spirit - both images of the seer's own state of mind as she confronts this awesome vision. One Virtue represents the beginning of wisdom, and the other, the first beatitude. Like Isaiah in his vision of the Temple (Is 6:1-8), Hildegard is called and sent by the Lord to proclaim his justice. She is then granted insight into the mystery of human intentions as God sees and judges them.