If you haven’t noticed, I like to choose hymns that are well-known at times, but for the most part, I like to share some of the lesser known hymns. Today’s Christmas hymn is certainly one that you may not sing during the Christmas season, but it is another one of my favorites. I think I just like hymns in a minor key…
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence is a hymn almost as old as the church! Some scholars believe that the text was written by the apostle James (the less). Other scholars note similarities between the text and what St. Ceryl of Jerusalem wrote in the 4th century. Regardless of when it was written this text was incorporated in the liturgy for use in the Jerusalem church near the end of the 4th century.
Strangely enough, this liturgy was used during communion:
Part of the liturgy, known as the Cherubic Hymn, is a prayer chanted by the priest when the bread and wine are brought to the table of the Lord. Near the middle of the nineteenth century, Gerard Moultrie translated the text of this Hymn from Greek, and published a paraphrase under the name “Prayer of the Cherubic Hymn.” Today we know this hymn as “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence.”
Because of the strong lyrics associated with Christmastime, it could best be used during Communion in the Advent season. It could actually be used outside of Christmastime as well.
I want to share two videos portraying this wonderful hymn. The first is a brand new animated video by Full of Eyes. I have shared a few of their videos before. The second video is by Red Mountain Music. Both are fantastic!
And as always, the sheet music!