Monday, December 5, 2011
Hymn of the Month -- Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
"Let all the earth keep silence before Him" (Habakkuk 2:20)
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence was written in the 4th century, composed in Greek as a chant to use for Offertory. Although it is an ancient chant, it has been set to a popular Medieval French tune, making it much more accessible to modern times. I'm afraid my musical bias is showing; this is the second month in a row to choose a hymn sung by Fernando Ortega!
Like many more commonly known Christmas carols, this hymn tells the story of Christ's advent, His purpose, and His ultimate victory. And it calls us to respond with worshipful reverence.
Cynthia Clawson performs a shortened rendition of the hymn that you can hear here. It is haunting and beautiful, and hangs in the air long after it's over.