Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
And with fear and trembling stand;
Ponder nothing earthly minded,
For with blessing in His hand,
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
Our full homage to demand.

King of kings, yet born of Mary,
As of old on earth He stood,
Lord of lords, in human vesture,
In the body and the blood;
He will give to all the faithful
His own self for heavenly food.

Rank on rank the host of heaven
Spreads its vanguard on the way,
As the Light of light descendeth
From the realms of endless day,
That the powers of hell may vanish
As the darkness clears away.

At His feet the six wingèd seraph,
Cherubim with sleepless eye,
Veil their faces to the presence,
As with ceaseless voice they cry:
Alleluia, Alleluia
Alleluia, Lord Most High!


7 thoughts on “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

  1. This hymn is originally from the Ancient Greek Litany of Saint James 😉 , 4th century :

    But I cannot of course fail to also post the text written for it by Saint Thomas Aquinas in the 13th century :

    1. Lauda Sion Salvatorem,
    Lauda ducem et pastorem
    In hymnis et canticis.
    Quantum potes, tantum aude,
    Quia maior omni laude,
    Nec laudare sufficis.

    2. Laudis thema specialis
    Panis vivus et vitalis
    Hodie proponitur.
    Quem in sacrae mensa coenae
    Turbae fratrum duodenae
    Datum non ambigitur.

    3. Sit laus plena, sit sonora;
    Sit iucunda, sit decora
    Mentis iubilatio,
    Dies enim solemnis agitur
    In qua mensae prima recolitur
    Huius institutio.

    4. In hac mensa novi Regis
    Novum Pascha novae legis
    Phase vetus terminat.
    Vetustatem novitas,
    Umbram fugat veritas,
    Noctem lux eliminat.

    5. Quod in coena Christus gessit,
    Faciendum hoc expressit
    In sui memoriam:
    Docti sacris institutis
    Panem, vinum in salutis
    Consecramus hostiam.

    6. Dogma datur Christianis,
    Quod in carnem transit panis
    Et vinum in sanguinem.
    Quod non capis, quod non vides,
    Animosa firmat fides
    Praeter rerum ordinem.

    7. Sub diversis speciebus,
    Signis tantum et non rebus,
    Latent res eximiae:
    Caro cibus, sanguis potus,
    Manet tamen Christus totus
    Sub utraque specie.

    8. A sumente non concisus,
    Non confractus, non divisus
    Integer accipitur.
    Sumit unus, sumunt mille,
    Quantum isti, tantum ille,
    Nec sumptus consumitur.

    9. Sumunt boni, sumunt mali,
    Sorte tamen inaequali,
    Vitae vel interitus.
    Mors est malis, vita bonis,
    Vide paris sumptionis
    Quam sit dispar exitus.

    10. Fracto demum sacramento,
    Ne vacilles, sed memento
    Tantum esse sub fragmento,
    Quantum toto tegitur.
    Nulla rei fit scissura,
    Signi tantum fit fractura,
    Qua nec status nec statura
    Signati minuitur.

    11. Ecce panis Angelorum,
    Factus cibus viatorum,
    Vere panis filiorum,
    Non mittendus canibus!
    In figuris praesignatur,
    Cum Isaac immolatur,
    Agnus Paschae deputatur,
    Datur manna patribus.

    12. Bone pastor, panis vere,
    Jesu, nostri miserere,
    Tu nos pasce, nos tuere,
    Tu nos bona fac videre
    In terra viventium.
    Tu qui cuncta scis et vales,
    Qui nos pascis hic mortales,
    Tuos ibi commensales,
    Cohaeredes et sodales
    Fac sanctorum civium.

  2. Dear Jabba,
    Where are you?
    I love this post, but there are times when “mortal flesh” finds it really hard to “keep silent”!
    There is some big troll trouble on CP&S right now.

  3. Hard to decide just what constitutes a “troll” I, Toad, am occasionally called one. Maybe I am. It not my intention to disrupt any blog though. Ginger it up a bit, possibly.
    This time it appears to be another John (Rathowen? I forget) making waves. Is that bad? He sounds pretty pompous, a sin we should all try to avoid, and doesn’t care for the poor old Pope. Matter of taste, perhaps.

    • You may be green and warty, toad — but IMO, the following would be a bad syllogism.

      Toad is green and warty ; all trolls are green and warty ; therefore toad is a troll.

      It’s too similar to :

      Socrates is bald ; Socrates is a man ; therefore all men are bald

      … for comfort.

      (though it leaves me wondering if it might not be wise to posit the baldness of Toad ? hmmmm)


      Bottom line, if I thought you were a troll, you would be unable to post your comments in here … 🙂

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