We hope 2013 will bring you blessings and love. Hug your family tight!
Christianity is both a philosophy and a religion. One doesn’t have to be a Christian or even a believer to hear the message of love that it represents. It is a time to remind everyone how much we mean to each other.
Click here for the amazing story of “O, Holy NIght.” Declared ‘unfit for church services’ in France and later embraced by U.S. abolitionists, the song continues to inspire. Abolitionists were considered radical for demanding the immediate end to slavery. Obviously, they weren’t radical at all. They were very active in the thirty years leading up the Civil War.
O, Holy Night:
The same song by the three tenors:
Silent Night was first composed in 1818 in the small town of Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria. The song was first performed on Christmas Eve 1818 at the St Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf. The melody was composed by Franz Xaver Gruber, schoolmaster and organist in the nearby village of Arnsdorf.
Before Christmas Eve, Mohr brought the words to Gruber and asked him to compose a melody and guitar accompaniment for the church service. Both performed the carol during the mass on the night of December 24.
One story about the origins of the song is that the church organ was no longer working so that Mohr and Gruber therefore created a song for accompaniment by guitar. Whatever the reason, it remains one of the most beautiful songs of all time.
This rendition is sung by a Norwegian sensation:
The song was first sang to a guitar so I included one such version here in the interest of history:
This video and the amazing light show is great!
Cardinal Wuerl’s Christmas message is a wonderful reminder that the best we give one another is our love for one another.
At 3:32, Nancy Reagan and Ronald Reagan speak:
A message from constitutional lawyer, KrisAnne Hall:
In one of the darkest moments of our history, a story is told of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Henry’s wife had been tragically and fatally burned in June of 1861. Henry, himself, was badly burned trying to put out the fire that consumed his beloved wife.
He was so consumed by grief over the loss of his wife, at Christmas he wrote in his journal, “How inexpressibly sad are all holidays.”
One year later, Henry wrote, “A merry Christmas’ say the children, but that is no more for me.”
That following year, Henry learns that his oldest son was severely wounded in the Civil War after a bullet passed under his should blades damaging his spine. His journal was blank on Christmas on 1864.
However, on Christmas day, 1865, Henry penned the words to “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”. During one of the darkest times our nation has ever known, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow found his hope;
“I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
And in despair I bowed my head;
“There is no peace on earth,” I said;
“For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead; nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!”
Henry awoke from his despair and realized that God is not dead and is still the Giver of peace and hope. He knew that God promises victory to those who trust in Christ and will stand for God’s gifts. He was able to express that hope in the phrase, “God is not dead; nor does he sleep! The Wrong shall fail; the Right prevail, With peace on earth, good-will to men!”
That same promise belongs to us, the greatest nation this world has ever known. We simply must place our trust in the right place. In this holy season, let us not forget that through the shed blood of Christ, whether the victory is on the battle field or through the gates of Heaven, we are winners either way. This is the REAL HOPE; a hope that can change the world.
The Little Drummer Boy:
Hopefully, 2013 will be a wonderful year! I’m optimistic because I believe in the American people.
I even wish President Obama and his family a Mele Kalikimaka and a loooong Hawaiian vacation.
If one night a big fat man jumps in at your window grabs you and puts you in a sack don’t worry I told Santa I wanted you for CHRISTMAS.