Monday, 26 December 2011


~The History Of The Song Ave Maria~

Ave Maria is really the way of addressing the Virgin Mary, as the Angel Gabriel did when he foretold Jesus' birth: "Hail thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women." Luke 1:28

Ave Maria has been set to music many times, but probably the most famous version was written by Franz Schubert (1797-1828). This simple, moving piece, so universally known and loved, was written about 1825 (the composer was twenty-eight years old) as part of a setting of songs from Walter Scott's "Lady of the Lake." According to Schubert, his first audience of friends was surprised at the deeply devotional character of the "Ave Maria": "I think the reason for this is that I never force myself into devotion or compose hymns or prayers unless I am truly overpowered by the feeling; that alone is true devotion." When Schubert died his friend, read a poetical farewell:

"May peace at last be with you!
Angel-pure soul! In the full bloom of Youth,
The stroke of Death has seized you
And extinguished the pure light within you!"
Another beautiful version of the music is by French composer, Charles Gounod (1818-1893), who was born in France in June 1818 and was one of the country's best composers of the late nineteenth century. 

~ Gounod's Ave Maria ~

Charles Gounod Franz Schubert

Lyrics In Latin and English

~Latin~ Ave Maria
Gratia plena
Maria, gratia plena
Maria, gratia plena
Ave, ave dominus
Dominus tecum
Benedicta tu in mulieribus
Et benedictus
Et benedictus fructus ventris
Ventris tuae, Jesus.
Ave Maria

Ave Maria
Mater Dei *

Ora pro nobis peccatoribus
Ora pro nobis
Ora, ora pro nobis peccatoribus
Nunc et in hora mortis
Et in hora mortis nostrae
Et in hora mortis nostrae
Et in hora mortis nostrae

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God *, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen

Mater Dei = Mother of God  THIS is the part ISLAM (Muslims) and many other Christians reject, and Muslims worship GOD Alone and not MARY or any other god, deity or Saint.

Ave Maria

Ave Maria! Maiden mild!
Listen to a maiden's prayer!
Thou canst hear though from the wild,
Thou canst save amid despair.
Safe may we sleep beneath thy care,
Though banish'd, outcast and reviled -
Maiden! hear a maiden's prayer;
Mother, hear a suppliant child!
Ave Maria!

Ave Maria! undefiled!
The flinty couch we now must share
Shall seem this down of eider piled,
If thy protection hover there.
The murky cavern's heavy air
Shall breathe of balm if thou hast smiled;
Then, maiden! hear a maiden's prayer;
Mother, list a suppliant child!
Ave Maria!

Ave Maria! stainless styled!
Foul demons of the earth and air,
From this their wonted haunt exiled,
Shall flee before thy presence fair,
We bow us to our lot of care,
Beneath thy guidance reconciled;
Hear for a maid a maiden's prayer,
And for a father hear a child!
Ave Maria! 

Featured Music: "Ave Maria"

Tino Rossi - Ave Maria de Gounod - 1938

Rick Santorum: The Pro-Life-Pro-Death Candidate

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by Keith Johnson

Sorry, Rick but you can’t be pro-life if you advocate war…

Over the years, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum has taken various stances on the subject of abortion. Prior to running for a seat in the House of Representatives in 1990, he said he would be opposed to it only during the final three months of pregnancy. Now he’s against it altogether, even in the cases of rape.

During a recent interview with CNN’s Peirs Morgan, Santorum said that women who faced such circumstances should “make the best out of a bad situation.”

Santorum has maintained this position throughout his campaign. When asked about abortion during a June 2011 appearance on Meet the Press, Santorum replied, “That would be taking a life, and I believe that any doctor that performs an abortion, I would advocate that any doctor that performs an abortion, should be criminally charged for doing so.”

This could help explain why Santorum has overtaken Mitt Romney in recent weeks. There are two issues that the very influential Evangelical Christian crowd find equally important: Israel and abortion. Though both Santorum and Romney may be joined at the hip when it comes to the Zionist entity, Romney is viewed as weak on the so-called “pro-life” issue.

But is Santorum really pro-life? Well, that depends. If you’re still in the womb of an American citizen, then yes. Aside from that—well, I think comedian George Carlin put it best:

“If you’re pre-born you’re fine. If you’re preschool you’re f*****. Conservatives don’t give a shit about you until you reach military age. Then they think you are just fine. Just what they been looking for. Conservatives want live babies so they can raise them to be dead soldiers.”

Santorum has been an enthusiastic supporter of every U.S. war that has been waged since he became politically active in the early 90’s. That hardly makes him pro-life. If anything, it makes him pro-death. Santorum hands are not only stained with the blood of thousands of American soldiers, but also the collective millions of Iraqis, Afghanis, Libyans and others who have died in the countless wars that he has helped to produce.

As a rabid supporter for the state of Israel, Santorum is an accomplice in the deaths of 1,471 (official number) Palestinian children killed since September 29, 2000. If he becomes President, that killing will continue with his blessing. Throughout his campaign, Santorum has repeatedly said that he will “stand shoulder to shoulder” with Israel and has even gone so far to say that he would bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities as President if Tehran refused to open up its sites for international arms inspectors.

Never mind that Iran has already allowed inspectors. Never mind that Iran has signed on to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (which Israel has refused to do). Never mind that Iran has no nuclear weapons program. Never mind that bombing Iran would cause World War III and the annihilation of millions more lives. The important thing to remember is that Santorum is pro-life. Sure he is.

Perhaps we should use the candidate’s own words against him next time he talks up another war. Using the Santorum quote from the third paragraph of this article, we should reword it to say:

“That would be taking a life, and I believe that any President that takes us into another war, should be criminally charged for doing so.”


Evangelicals spread the gospel of Rick Santorum in blue-collar Michigan

Santorum has a working-class appeal to go with his faith – and that has made him the favourite in Mitt Romney's home state
Rick Santorum in Michigan
Rick Santorum's popularity has seen him catapult into the lead in Michigan – a state Mitt Romney had been favourite to win. Photograph: James Fassinger
Outside a Christian store in the middle of a maze of suburban strip malls, Grace Rozelle has no doubt about what matters to her in the Republican primary battle for Michigan.
"Abortion is the really big thing for me. It has always been extremely important because of my faith," explained the 69-year-old retired schoolteacher. "I love Jesus and he created all of us."
Michigan evangelicals. Rozelle was standing on the outskirts of Grand Rapids, just a few streets away from the Mars Hill Bible Church, an evangelical mega-church built out of a converted shopping mall. Such displays of religious conviction are usually not seen as vital to Michigan's political landscape, which is more typically dominated by heavy industry and struggling city economies like Detroit and Flint.
But Rick Santorum is changing all that.
The former Pennsylvania senator has surged into contention in the 2012 race on the back of a stunning hat-trick of victories in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado. He has banded together religious social conservatives and Tea Party supporters, creating a powerful challenge to frontrunner Mitt Romney in national polls. It has also seen him catapult into the lead in Michigan, a state that only weeks ago Detroit-born Romney assumed was virtually guaranteed. One Michigan poll had Santorum ahead by 15 points, and the last four surveys all show him maintaining a lead.
Now if Santorum can beat Romney in Michigan on February 28, he would deal a hugely damaging blow to the former Massachusetts governor's campaign, and achieve something few experts ever believed possible: become a real contender for the Republican nomination. "It is absolutely going to be a competitive race in Michigan now," said Stu Sandler, a top Republican strategist in the state.
Santorum's surge in Michigan is in many ways based around Grand Rapids, Michigan's second biggest city and a regional centre for evangelical Christians. "In Grand Rapids it is hard to throw a rock and not hit a church," said Professor Kevin den Dulk, a political scientist at Calvin College, a local Christian university. Indeed, Rozelle isn't the only one in the area who places a great deal of importance on religion in politics. In 2008, 39% of Michigan voters in that year's Republican primary identified themselves as evangelical.
Michigan evangelicals Inside the Christian store where Rozelle was doing some shopping, the manager, Jason Blik, 30, says his faith helps inform everything from abortion to foreign policy. "As a person of faith I believe Israel is very important," he said. "If it comes to a choice between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, I am edging towards Santorum, but I still need to do some more research."
Outside Grand Rapids, western Michigan stretches away in counties like Kent, Kalamazoo and Ottawa that are the Michigan's evangelical heartland. Far from the blue-collar, heavily Democrat parts of the state, this is red state America. The head of Ottawa County's Republican party, local attorney Adam Tountas, believes Santorum can beat Romney. "Santorum has a chance. It is easily foreseeable to think that either of them could win this," he said.
Santorum's core appeal is aimed solidly at the Republican party's evangelical foot soldiers. Santorum wears his faith on his sleeve, touting his lifelong devout Roman Catholicism, staunch anti-abortion beliefs, happy marriage and seven children. Romney's Mormon faith, on the other hand, is seen by some as a fringe religion, and hampers him in his outreach to the community. But for Santorum it comes easily and in straightforward language. In a speech to the Detroit Economic Club in the downtown of America's car capital, Santorum appealed to a lunch meeting of local businessmen for the country to get back to simple values. "We have to create a culture consistent with the values of our country … believing in freedom, faith and family," he said.
In order to cement support with Christian voters in the state, Santorum's campaign quickly signed up influential Michigan social conservative Glenn Clark, head of the state's Faith and Family Coalition. "We have a tremendous network of people who are going to come out. The evangelicals I am talking to about a month ago were spread out all over the map. Now they are concentrating and being drawn to Rick Santorum," Clark told the Guardian.
Clark pointed out that a recent political row over some religious organisations having to provide contraception as part of President Obama's healthcare coverage had boosted the Santorum campaign by putting social issues back into national US politics. "We see the onslaught against our religious liberties from Obama. Evangelicals know Rick Santorum will be a fighter for our rights in Washington," Clark said.
God and mammon
But faith voters alone will not win Michigan. Santorum also needs a convincing economic message. Michigan, with its manufacturing base having endured decades of decline, is job-hungry, and Santorum needs to prescribe solid economic medicine amid the faith healing. But, unlike the wealthy Romney, Santorum has working-class roots in the Pennsylvania coal country and strikes a populist tone. He portrays himself as the ordinary man-in-the-street that Romney cannot. "Santorum is a working-class guy who can speak the language, whereas Romney is someone seen as born with a silver spoon in his mouth," said Den Dulk, the Calvin College professor.
It is an overlooked part of Santorum's appeal. In Detroit, Santorum spoke emotionally of his childhood in a working-class family descended from Italian immigrants. "My grandfather was a coalminer. I knew that was our wealth. It was not great wealth, it was not opulent wealth, but it allowed folks to sustain families," he said. Santorum went on to explain economic policies that imagine cutting corporate taxes and simplifying regulation while slashing away at welfare benefits. But he also put a stress on boosting manufacturing, saying he will remove all corporate taxes on US manufacturing firms.
Michigan evangelicals Santorum needs to talk jobs because in terms of social issues, such as abortion and gay marriage, there is little real policy difference between the main Republican candidates. That actually allows other issues to come through for the religious base. On the Calvin College campus, it was easy to meet evangelical voters. But they had a wide range of concerns. Student Darren Kornelius, 20, who is the fifth generation of his devout family to go to Calvin, is a fan of Ron Paul's economic ideas. "Morals are important to me. But I am not going to not vote for someone because I don't share their religious background," he said. Even Tountas – the attorney in evangelical-heavy Ottawa county – said the economy was the biggest issue. "The economy is the No 1 factor in our politics at the moment," he said.
Michigan evangelicals Back at Calvin, however, Jeremy Smith, 19, who is studying communications, paused between classes and said he was likely to cast his first ever vote in the Republican primary. He did not yet know whom for. "It is in God's hands," he said.
But no one in the Santorum campaign is taking it quite that for granted. They know that if they can pull off a win in Michigan, it would tear a huge hole in Romney's stance as the frontrunner. But he will need to blend God and Mammon to come up with a heady mix of faith and wealth creation.
In his speeches, he already links family values directly with a healthier economy and a smaller government. "Unless we have strong families and strong communities we are not going to be an economically successful country," he said in Detroit. If that blended message starts to take off with voters could Santorum actually win on Romney's home turf?
"Sure he could," said Den Dulk.
Photographs by James Fassinger

Dear Protector of the Unborn,

It is time for political candidates to "put up or shut up!"

Too long have we listened to "campaign rhetoric" that appeases seemingly "both sides" of the abortion issue. THAT TIME IS NOW OVER!

Our forefathers had it right from the very beginning. Thomas Jefferson said: "The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government."

It does not take a "rocket scientist" to LISTEN to the words and rhetoric of our presidential candidates. In short---


Too long has Mitt Romney "danced around" his "ROMNEYCARE" which is close to ObamaCare. Here is the unadulterated truth: SIX YEARS before Obama set out to socialize and destroy the world's finest medical system, Mitt Romney has already passed ROMNEYCARE in Massachusetts as governor! RomneyCare INCLUDED a mandate and tax payer funded abortion on demand!

The recent "controversy" over the contraceptive mandate pales compared to what Mitt Romney enforced as a law which required Catholic hospitals to perform abortions (under RomneyCare)!

Obama's recent health care mandate that forces religious institutions to violate their conscience is trampling on America's most sacred right...the Freedom of Religion. But before Obama discarded the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Mitt Romney had done it in Massachusetts, forcing Catholic hospitals to give out abortion causing pills!

The time for dancing on the fence is OVER! Either a candidate is pro-life or pro-abortion---there is no middle ground! Never. Ever.

We've devoted ourselves to protecting the right of the unborn! How about you?

We must expose those candidates who may talk out of the side of their mouth, yet act like an abortionist! No more "fence-hoping!"

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Our goal is to totally end all abortions. In the meantime, we want to EXPOSE those candidates who "talk" out of both sides of their mouths!

The sanctity of life is THE issue.

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That's why we need your financial assistance right now!

Here are the real statistics:

Pro-abortion PACs outspend pro-life PACs---100 to 1!

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WOW! That is so very hard to even comprehend! In fact, it even seems inconceivable! But the facts do not lie!

That's another reason why you MUST respond today!

Where is your mind? Where is your heart?

Is it for or against the life of the little babies?

I ask you a very simple question:

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A lot truly "hangs in the balance" during these upcoming elections!

But much, much, much more importantly---is the life of an unborn whose heart is beating---waiting for you to vote and support candidates who will . . .


Yes. This election is literally a difference between life and death!

VOTE only for a candidate that shares your heart-felt convictions!

In addition to his infamous "Romneycare," Governor Mitt Romney appointed some dubious judges, when it comes to pro-life!

When it comes to the rights of the unborn, we MUST vote our conscience!

Not for our one vote, but for the heartbeat of one who cannot vote.

Please donate your conscience today.


Jason Jones
Pro-Life Super PAC

P. S. Isn't it time the pro-life community started to put its money where its heart is?

Find out which candidates have pledges to be pro-life...CLICK HERE!

Will you please assist us in making a distinctive difference for those that cannot defend themselves? Please CLICK HERE to help the Pro-Life PAC!

Pro-Life Super PAC is protected by the first amendment and that support for our efforts is not tax-deductible. To donate by mail, please send donations to:
Pro-Life Super PAC
PO BOX, 35404
Tulsa, OK, 74153 

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