Sunday, March 08, 2009
Sunday Afternoon Music Video: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
In more recent times, "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence" has traditionally been an Advent hymn, but personally I find it hard to tune out the Lenten overtones. The text is ancient (4th century) and while originally composed as a hymn to be used at the presentation of the gifts - by the 8th century it appeared in both Holy Week and Christmas liturgies in various traditions. Clearly I'm not the only one to hear Passion inside of Incarnation!
This haunting 20th century setting of schoolmaster Gerard Moultrie's translation to the traditional French carol Picardy is by Ralph Vaughn Williams followed me home from Lauds one day this week.
What tunes are still haunting your soul from today's Lenten service?