Advent Hymn: “Let all mortal flesh keep silence” – YouTube – Fernando Ortega

be silent“Let all mortal flesh keep silence” 
Evidence suggests that the Greek text of “Let All Mortal Flesh” may date back to the fifth century. The present text is from the Liturgy of St. James, a Syrian rite thought to have been written by St. James the Less, first Bishop of Jerusalem. It is based on a prayer chanted by the priest when the bread and wine are brought to the table of the Lord.

1. Let all mortal flesh keep silence, and with fear and trembling stand; ponder nothing earthly minded, for with blessing in his hand Christ our Lord to earth descendeth, our full homage to demand.

2. King of kings, yet born of Mary, as of old on earth he stood, Lord of lords, in human vesture, in the body and the blood, he will give to all the faithful his own self for heavenly food.

3. Rank on rank the host of heaven spreads its vanguard on the way; as the Light of light descendeth from the realms of endless day, that the powers of hell may vanish as the darkness clears away.

4. At his feet the six-winged seraph, cherubim, with sleepless eye, veil their faces to His Presence, as with ceaseless voice they cry: “Alleluia, alleluia, Alleluia, Lord most high!”

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