1. Rhema Marvanne’s ‘O Holy Night’ Is Heartbreaking: 7-Year-Old Sings Like An Angel In Memory Of Her Mom

O Holy Night – Incredible child singer 7 yrs old – plz “Share”

Rhema Marvanne’s solo rendition of “O Holy Night” is heartbreakingly moving, and she was just seven years old when she recorded it.

The tiny songstress has a heavenly voice, and she takes inspiration from someone that she believes is up above as well– her mother Wendi, who died from ovarian cancer in 2008, just one year before this song was recorded.

Marvanne told the Fort Hood Sentinel, “When I sing, it makes me think of my mother, which makes me happy. I want to take my gift that makes me happy and share with those who are still sad and try to make them happy again.”

It’s a holiday and festive season to celebrate with good cheers and well wishes to one another. As ‘earthly’ beings residing on this planet Earth, we hope and pray that the world will be a better and peaceful place to live in, as each year passes by.

The Christmas message by the Pope at the Vatican is a grim and solemn reminder that each one of us, regardless of race, creed and religion, has a critical role and responsibility to play and shoulder to ensure the survival of our human species that are being constantly bombarded with strife, violence, environmental pollution and all the negativity the world has ever witnessed. And all these gruesome events are made more accessible to our senses with the seamless simultaneity of cyberspace and information technology.

Be there as it may, we pray that ‘divine intervention’ will descend and implore to God’s compassion and loving kindness to cause for a humanity awakening that all men are brothers and that the oneness awareness should be felt and nurtured within us all. Nothing is more crucial than a transformation … a shift in consciousness to remind us that eventually we must surrender our egotistical tendencies and foolish pride. This is the gripping war that human kind has to confront with and to be won at the end of the day.

This festive season is a time for celebration with hope and goodness to all….enjoy the following songs by world-renown singers.

Mary’s Boy Child / Oh My Lord – Boney M


Mary’s boy child
Jesus Christ was born on Christmas Day
and man will live for evermore because of Christmas Day
long time ago in Bethlehem so the Holy Bible said
Mary’s Boy Child
Jesus Christ was born on Christmas Day.
Hark now hear the angels sing
a King was born today
and man will live for evermore because of Christmas Day
Mary’s Boy Child
Jesus Christ was born on Christmas Day.

While shepherds watched their flocks
by night they see a bright new shining star
they hear a choir sing a song

the music seemed to come from afar.

Hark now hear the angels sing
a King was born today
and man will live for evermore because of Christmas Day
hm hm

For a moment the world was aglow
all the bells rang out
there were tears of joy and laughter
people shouted let ev’ryone know
there is hope for all to find peace.

How Joseph and his wife Mary came to Bethlehem that night
they found no place to bear her child not a single room was in sight
and then they found a little nook in a stable all forlorn
and in a manger cold and dark Mary’s little boy was born
Hark now hear the angels sing
a King was born today
and man will live for evermore because of Christmas Day
Mary’s Boy Child
Jesus Christ was born on Christmas Day.

Oh a moment still worth was a glow, all the bells rang out
there were tears of joy and laughter, people shouted
“let everyone know, there is hope for all to find peace”.

Oh my Lord
you send your son to save us
oh my Lord
your very self you gave us
oh my Lord
that sin may not enslave us
and love may reign once more.

Oh my Lord
when in the crib they found him
oh my lord
a golden halo crowned him
oh my Lord
they gathered all around him
to see him and adore.

Oh my Lord
with the child’s adoration
Oh my Lord
there came great jubilation
oh my Lord
and full of admiration
they realized what they had (until the sun falls from the sky)

Oh my Lord (well praise the Lord)
they had just begun to doubt you
oh my Lord (he is the truth forever)
what did they know about you.

Oh my Lord (so praise the Lord)
but they were lost without you
they needed you so bad (his light is shining on us)

Oh my Lord (oh my Lord so praise the Lord)
with the child’s adoration
Lord (oh my Lord
he is an impersonation).
There came great jubilation
oh my Lord (so praise the Lord)
and full of admiration
they realized what they had (until the sun falls from the sky)
e just can’t go wrong.

CELINE DION …. HOLY NIGHT

“O Holy Night”

O Holy night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Til He appeared and the soul felt it’s worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn
Fall on your knees

O hear the angel voices
O night divine!
O night when Christ was born
O night divine!
O night, O night divine!

And in His Name, all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we
Let all within us praise his holy name
Christ is the Lord!
Their name forever praise we

Noel, Noel
O night, O night Divine
Noel, Noel
O night, O night Divine
Noel, Noel
O night, O holy Divine

ANDREA BOCELLI….LORD’S PRAYER

The Lord’s Prayer Words
(traditional)

Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,

The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
Amen.

Elvis Presley: Best Christmas Song 2011 (The First Noel)

The first Noel the angel did say
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay:
In fields where they lay a keeping their sheep
On a cold winter’s night that was so deep.
Noel Noel Noel Noel
Born is the King of Israel.

They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the east beyond them far:
And to the earth it gave great light
And so it continued both day and night.
Noel Noel Noel Noel
Born is the King of Israel.

olivia newton john silent night

Silent night, Holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in Heavenly peace
Sleep in Heavenly peace

Silent night, Holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from thy Holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth

Celtic Woman – White Christmas (w/ Lyrics)

Celtic Woman with a great Christmas video & song “White Christmas” with the beautiful Chloe,Lisa & Meav singing with David playing wonderfully on the piano.

Pope Francis Christmas Message To Curia Warns Against Mediocrity, Gossip In Vatican Bureaucracy By Nicole Winfield

Pope Francis addresses the Vatican Curia, in the Clementine hall, at the Vatican, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2103. Pope Francis warned Vatican administrators Saturday that their work can take a downward spiral into mediocrity, gossip and bureaucratic squabbling if they forget that theirs is a professional vocation of service to the church. Francis made the comments in his Christmas address to the Vatican Curia, the bureaucracy that forms the central government of the 1.2-billion strong Catholic Church. | AP

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis warned Vatican administrators Saturday that their work can take a downward spiral into mediocrity, gossip and bureaucratic squabbling if they forget that theirs is a professional vocation of service to the church.

Francis made the comments in his Christmas address to the Vatican Curia, the bureaucracy that forms the central government of the 1.2-billion strong Catholic Church. The speech was eagerly anticipated given that Francis was elected in March on a mandate to overhaul the antiquated and oftentimes dysfunctional Vatican administration.

Already, heads have started to roll: Just last week, Francis reshuffled the advisory body of the powerful Congregation for Bishops, the office that vets all the world’s bishop nominations. He removed the arch-conservative American Cardinal Raymond Burke, a key figure in the U.S. culture wars over abortion and gay marriage, and also nixed the head of Italy’s bishops’ conference and another hardline Italian, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, earlier axed as head of the Vatican office responsible for priests.

Other changes are on the horizon: In the coming weeks Francis will name his first batch of cardinals and in February will preside over the third summit of his “Group of Eight” cardinal advisers, who are expected to put forward a first round of proposals for revamping the Holy See bureaucracy.

Francis has said he wants a Vatican Curia that is more responsive to the needs of local bishops, who have long complained of Rome’s slow or unhelpful interventions in their work caring for souls. Francis has said he wants the church as a whole to be less consumed with moralizing than showing mercy to the needy, wherever they are.

Francis thanked the cardinals, bishops and priests gathered in the Clementine Hall for the Christmas address for their work, diligence and creativity. Deviating from his prepared text, he said “There are saints in the Curia!”

But he also reminded them that Vatican officials must display professionalism and competence as well as holiness in their lives.

“When professionalism is lacking, there is a slow drift downwards toward mediocrity. Dossiers become full of trite and lifeless information, and incapable of opening up lofty perspectives,” he said. “Then too, when the attitude is no longer one of service to the particular churches and their bishops, the structure of the Curia turns into a ponderous, bureaucratic customs house, constantly inspecting and questioning, hindering the working of the Holy Spirit and the growth of God’s people.”

Francis also repeated a warning he has issued on several occasions in his morning homilies at the Vatican hotel where he lives: an admonition against gossiping. The secretive, closed world of the Vatican is a den of gossip, as revealed publicly last year by the leaks of papal documents from then-Pope Benedict XVI’s butler.

Using terminology familiar to those present, Francis called for Vatican officials to exercise “conscientious objection to gossip.”

“Let us all be conscientious objectors, and mind you I’m not simply moralizing! Gossip is harmful to people, our work and our surroundings.”

Much gossiping of late has been focusing on the work of the two commissions of inquiry Francis named over the summer to advise him on reforming the troubled Vatican bank and rationalizing the Holy See’s overall finances and administrative structures.

Four big-name consulting firms — Promontory Financial Group, KPMG, EY and McKinsey & Co. — have been contracted for various projects.

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Christmas forecast ~ Sam Geppi

Ora et Labora ~ – Humanity Healing Network

Origin and Meaning

Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them.
~Rabindranath Tagore

In Christian mysticism, the phrase or the Latin motto Ora et Labora reads in full: “Ora et labora, Deus adest son has”. (Pray and work, God is there (ie: God helps without delay.) The pray and work (or “pray and labor[1]“), refers to the monastic practice of working and praying, generally associated with its use in the Rule of St. Benedict.

St. Benedict of Nursia viewed prayer and work as spiritual partners, and believed in combining contemplation with action. The phrase expresses the need to balance prayer and work in hermetic settings and has been used in many religious communities from the Middle Ages onwards. Although the motto “Ora et Labora” applies as a way of life at all Benedictine monasteries up to this day, it is not explicitly elaborated in the rules of life of the Benedictine Order, the Regula Benedicts, which was written by the founder of the Benedictines, St. Benedict[2].

The German meaning of the Latin verb laborare[3] is: work, suffer, or make an effort to be in trouble and toil.

 Ora et Labora thus represents the belief that the path to godhood ultimately can be achieved through prayers and hard work.

Some orders such as the Cistercians, a very stern monastic order, have applied the concept of Ora et Labora directly to farm work and became an element in the movement towards land reclamation agricultural development in Western Europe. The emphasis of Cistercian life is on manual labor and self-sufficiency, and many abbeys have traditionally supported themselves through activities such as agriculture and brewing ales.

In mystical terms, Ora et Labora reflects a spiritual work ethic that is required from someone that is trailing the many paths of the transcendent journey. Every path is sacred, and deserves not only mindfulness and focus but also effort.  Contemplation, one of the many aspects of the meditative work, requires attention and concentration in the pursuit of the refinement of the mind, to reach a one point concentrated mind, without closing it from the connection and the universal overflow of unlimited possibilities.

In modern times, the Ora et Labora is a way of living, where constant prayer is a permanent reflection of gratitude and connection with the Universe, the pure concept of Oneness and reverence for the sacredness of all things.

There are many schools of thoughts besides the ones adopted by the religious orders that utilize the principals of Ora et Labora. An example is the working ethics behind the Fourth Way from George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff, and later developed by his disciple, Piotr Demianovich Ouspensky.

Gurdjieff was an Armenian-Greek who grew up at the end of the nineteenth century in a pre-modern environment where the ancient world still prevailed. He developed an alternative spiritual way of living that “inspired” his students to practice their transcendent nature but also required of them manual labor, in order to keep the body aligned with the works of Spirit.

This Master of Ancient Wisdom believed that every individual that allows himself to become a seeker has a purpose, and this purpose can manifest itself though an internal mission and also an external one, which would require physical/ material preparation to be fully accomplished.

“The system is waiting for workers. There is no statement and no thought in it which would not require and admit further development and elaboration. But there are great difficulties in the way of training people for this work, since an ordinary intellectual study of the system is quite insufficient; and there are very few people who agree to other methods of study who are at the same time capable of working by these methods.” ~ Piotr Demianovich Ouspensky, the Fourth Way.

[1] Latin verb Labor 1 means: do / suffer / suffer from / talking, exerting yourself

[2] . Benedict contributed more than anyone else to the rise of monasticism in the West. His Rule was the foundational document for thousands of religious communities in the middle ages.

[3] Or Imperative: Labora

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Demi Lovato: All I Want For Christmas Is You

A Prayer at the Winter Solstice ~ Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

As we come toward the time of the winter solstice and a few days later the celebration of Christmas, we are reminded once again of the primal mystery of darkness and light, and the light being born in the darkness. As the longest night of the northern hemisphere approaches, what is the inner meaning of this turning from the darkness towards the light, and this wonder of divine birth?

If we pause for a moment in the midst of our buying and consumption as a way to celebrate, if for an instant we can turn inward, we will find this greatest human mystery: the birth of light in the midst of darkness. This moment is a celebration of the spiritual nature of life, and how within the heart and soul of each of us this divine light is waiting to be born, to come into consciousness, to come into our daily life. And as many have experienced in their own life, this light is often born out of a time of darkness, of difficulties and suffering. In Rumi’s simple words:

“Sorrow for His sake is a treasure in my heart. My heart is light upon light, a beautiful Mary with Jesus in the womb.”

Within the heart, within the soul of each of us, the divine child is waiting to come into our life, into our consciousness. We are waiting to be born.

Anyone moved to turn inward into prayer, into their innermost heart, is drawn toward this mystery. And like the image of Christ being born in a manger, it is something as simple as it is wonderful. Many of us have felt, if only for an fleeting moment, this divine presence within our life. We know what it brings, how it can turn our life around in an instant, change what seemed impossible to be changed. We aspire to remain in this place of inner receptivity, this place of waiting in the darkness and longing that belong to the heart’s prayer. We are both the darkness and the light, the sorrow and the joy. It is in the midst of the darkness that the light is born, that the longest night turns toward the sunrise.

Our greatest human heritage is this soul’s drama of darkness and light, of the divine being born into our life. This is where our prayer takes us, where the heart’s longing draws us. This birth is the deepest fulfillment life can give us.

Spiritual stories tell us that the birth of the divine in the midst of darkness can happen both within the individual and within the whole world. The darkness of our post-industrial world is only too visible — with its pollution and species depletion, its global warming and increasing ecocide. It is not difficult to sense the sorrow of this present time, with growing inequality and global exploitation. But what is the light waiting to be born? Could it be an awareness of the sacred within creation and the deep knowing that we are all One — one living planet full of wonder and mystery, not just a resource waiting to be consumed? Could it be the simple awareness of the divine that is present within all of life, within every cell of creation?

We are easily drawn into our culture’s endless consumption, its myth of progress and economic growth. This story of material prosperity has now become a global disaster, as it pollutes our planet at an ever accelerating pace. How should one respond to this darkness? Yes, there is action to be done in the outer world, ways to respond to our collective self-destruction. We need to take responsibility for the well-being of our planet and its myriad inhabitants, not just our own material welfare.

But for the one who is drawn inward into prayer there is an equally valuable work in holding a space for the divine — staying true within the heart and waiting. It is here, from within the heart of each of us that the light of divine awareness will be born. It is from within the heart that the dark myth of materialism can turn into a story of divine birth — a reawakening to the knowing that all of creation is sacred — it is one living whole and we are its guardians. In our heart and soul we are each like Mary, holding the possibility for a birth that can change the world. Our politicians cannot change our world. The recent climate change conferences at Rio and Doha illustrate their inability to act. But change can happen through the heart of humanity. Through each and all of us the light of the divine can dispel this deepening darkness.

The mystery of darkness and divine light belongs to each of us and to the world. We are the world waiting in the darkness and we are the light waiting to be born. It is only too easy to see the darkness around us — the forgetfulness of the sacred nature of creation, the destruction and desecration of our beautiful and suffering world. We should not avoid being aware of what we are doing to the world, but we need also to turn toward the light that is waiting within our own heart and the heart of the world. We need to hold this sacred light in our hearts and our life. We need to be the prayer for the world in this time of darkness.

Celtic Woman – O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles) 2010


O Come All Ye Faithful
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of Angels;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

O Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing all that hear in heaven God’s holy word.
Give to our Father glory in the Highest;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

All Hail! Lord, we greet Thee,
Born this happy morning,
O Jesus! for evermore be Thy name adored.
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

Hayley Westenra with Celtic Woman – You Raise Me Up (Live)

When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary;
When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence,
Until you come and sit awhile with me.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up: To more than I can be.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up: To more than I can be.

There is no life – no life without its hunger;
Each restless heart beats so imperfectly;
But when you come and I am filled with wonder,
Sometimes, I think I glimpse eternity.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up: To more than I can be.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up: To more than I can be.

Hayley Westenra with Celtic Woman – Over the Rainbow (Live) –

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high,
There’s a land that I heard of
Once in a lullaby.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue,
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true.

Someday I’ll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far
Behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That’s where you’ll find me.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly.
Birds fly over the rainbow.
Why then, oh why can’t I?

If happy little bluebirds fly
Beyond the rainbow
Why, oh why can’t I?

ENYA -The Spirit of Christmas Past

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