“Heaven Comes to Earth” – a special piece by Father Todd
I’d like to share a musical fantasy inspired by the hymn “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence” – often sung during Advent and Christmas. The piece (an improvisation) is in three parts. It’s in the third part that the beautiful hymn makes its appearance. I hope you enjoy it!
In case you would like to see the words, here they are…
“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-winged seraph; cherubim with sleepless eye, veil their faces to the Presence, as with ceaseless voice they cry: “Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia, Lord most high!”
The virtual pipe organ I played to make this recording is the 1903 Cavaillé-Coll at the Church of Notre-Dame in Metz, France. It's a 48 rank (in this case, also 48 speaking stops or voices) pipe organ with four divisions - Grand Orgue (or Great Organ), Récit Expressif (or Swell Organ), Positif (or Positive Organ), and Pédale (or Pedal Organ).