I often wonder how I come accross these little beauties, but do I have a find to share! This is one of my favorite songs sang around the holidays. It is not traditionally Christmas, Let all mortal flesh keep silence is an ancient chant of Eucharistic devotion based on the verses taken from Habakkuk 2:20
"Let all the earth keep silence before Him".
I love this rendition of it and this video is wonderful as well. Time for a minute of devotion, take your mind off of the heat, I've listed the lyrics below.
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!
Why it reminds me of Christmas is because of the CD that John Michael Talbot put out some years ago, The Birth of Jesus.
No Christmas in July celebration would be complete without a Christmas tree shaped slice of watermellon and a stunning recipe to celebrate the day, watermelon salad.
3/4 cup halved, thinly sliced red onion
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 1/2 quarts seeded, cubed watermelon
3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup pitted black olive halves
1 cup chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons olive oil
1.Place the onion slices in a small bowl with the lime juice. The acid of the lime will mellow the flavor of the raw onion. Let stand for 10 minutes.
2.In a large bowl, combine the watermelon cubes, feta cheese, black olives, onions with the lime juice, and basil. Drizzle olive oil over it all, and toss to blend. Dig in and be prepared for a pleasant surprise!
The original recipe using mint is found here, I'm not a mint fan so I sub'd basil. I also marinate all the savory stuff together, not just the lime and onions before I add the watermelon.
one word...superb! Next time I make this, I want to toss a handful of roasted sunflower seeds in, I think that would go really well too.
Watermelon is a natural diuretic, for those of us who anoyingly retain water in this heat. We have permission to have a few pieces of watermelon for medicinal purposes...
Well have a nice Christmas in July, and may it cool this blistering summer weather down a bit even if only in my brain! ;0)
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