FOR CENTURIES BELIEVERS HAVE SUNG SONGS OF PRAISE HONORING CHRIST’S INCARNATION. One of the earliest I have discovered is “Let all mortal flesh keep silent” which was written originally as a hymn as a part of the Liturgy of Saint James (as in brother of Jesus). Yes, some scholars think that these words were penned even as early as 60 AD, making it contemporary with the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church at Rome!
….the Lord is in His holy temple;
let all the earth keep silence before Him.”
Here listen to Fernando Ortega singing these awe-inspiring lyrics to the hauntingly beautiful French Medieval melody.
LET all mortal flesh keep silence,
And with fear and trembling stand;
Ponder nothing earthly minded,
For with blessing in His hand,
Christ our God to earth descendeth
Our full homage to demand.
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.
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.
AT His feet the six winged seraph,
Cherubim with sleepless eye,
Veil their faces to the presence,
As with ceaseless voice they cry:
Alleluia, Lord Most High!