Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence // Song Reflection by Taylor Tripodi
“Let all mortal flesh keep silence…Christ our God to earth descendeth - our full homage to demand…
I was in choir class in high school when I first heard it. My choir director gave us the sheet music to sing for our upcoming concert, and when I heard it for the first time I was completely overcome by the beauty within it. If you listen to this song- its haunting melody and deep, compelling lyrics entrance the soul and grab your heart almost instantly. This song has quickly become one of my favorite church hymns and to this day every time I hear it, it brings me to tears.
What is perhaps even more amazing is the history behind this song. The lyrics are some of the oldest of any church hymn- dating back to about 275 AD. Some even attribute the lyrics to the apostle St. James. This song has clearly stood the test of time- the lyrics immerse any listener into an incredible story-The story of how the God of the universe came down from His throne in Heaven to become flesh. And not just in human form, but to this very day, He comes in the flesh to every altar in every Catholic Church through the Eucharist.
“Lord of Lords in human vesture- in the body and the blood.”
Every time we receive Our Lord in the Eucharist, Heaven meets earth- Jesus becomes incarnate once again and we receive Him into our very body- just like our Blessed Mother. If we seriously take time to reflect on the theology of the Incarnation…we dive into the mystery and reality of God’s fierce love for us.
And so it is with great joy that I release to you my own version of one of my favorite church hymns! I pray that this version draws you into a deeper understanding of God’s humble heart as he became one of us, a little child. Please enjoy my new single, and more importantly, I pray you all have a blessed Advent as we prepare for the birth of our savior Jesus Christ.