Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (4th Century)

Anonymous, translated by Gerald Moultrie, 1864

This ancient prayer is from one of the oldest set of worship materials in the Christian church. It is traditionally attributed to James, the brother of Jesus, but no one knows for sure who wrote it. Its earliest written form exists in both Greek and Syriac and is traditionally sung during the Christmas season in Jerusalem. The words and the haunting melody combine to bring the sense of awe and mystery at the miracle of Jesus, “the Word made flesh” proclaimed in John 1.

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