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This is a hymn usually associated with Advent and Christmas season, but it carries rich meaning in Lent as well.  Sometimes the use of a seeming "out of season" hymn can jar our thinking and bring us to deeper appreciation of the the musical intent.

The video is a meditation set to an simple arrangement of this haunting melody using movie passion scenes and bits of artwork and scripture.  The video production is not high quality, but  I think you can appreciate the intent of the editing.

To listen to this hymn melody:  http://www.hymnsite.com/lyrics/umh626.sht

1.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.

2.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.

3.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.

4.At his feet the six-winged seraph,

cherubim, with sleepless eye,

veil their faces to the presence,

as with ceaseless voice they cry:

Alleluia, Alleluia,

Alleluia, Lord Most High!