After these things, I saw the Word of God hanging on the cross. And I saw the woman of the previous visions — shining as brightly as the wisdom which came out of an ancient council — being led through divine power to the Word of God. Raising herself upwards, she was poured over with the blood from the side of the Word. For she had been happily betrothed to the Word through the will of God, and she has been nobly endowed with the body and blood of the Word. . . .
After all these things, I looked again and behold, all the elements and all the creatures were shaking with horrible motion. . . . Then suddenly in the east, a great flash shone forth. And I saw the Word of God coming on a cloud with the angelic choirs. The Word had the same facial expression and the same open wounds which the Word had while in the world. The Word sat upon a seat of shining white flames which did not, however, burn. Under the Word was that great storm which was cleansing the world. The ones who had been signed in faith rushed to meet the Word in the air, as it were, in the movement within the circle where I had indeed previously seen that brilliance which indicated the mystery of the celestial creator.
- St. Hildegard of Bingen, Scivias (portions published under the title "Mystical Visions", translation by Bruce Hozeski), from Part II, Vision 6 and Part III, Vision 12.