Happy 28th Anniversary True Life in God!
Christian Unity Festival on the 28th Anniversary of True Life In God|
GLENDALE, California, November 24, 2013 -- The “True Life In God” messages as received by Vassula Ryden from God Himself was commemorated by a full house at the Alex Theater in Glendale, CA with music, prayer, dance and a well-rounded schedule of spiritually uplifting talks. These divinely inspired messages described as “A Love Hymn sung to us by God Himself” celebrate a 28-year anniversary on November 28, 2013.
The event opened with the lyrical instrumentation of Lebanese Maestro, Nabil Azzam and an ensemble of Middle Eastern musicians. Music continued to underscore the spiritual ambiance of this Christian Unity Festival, as the crowd was entertained by talented Greek Soloist Natalia, with an eclectic set of songs both popular and prayerful.
Greek Soloist Natalia|
Sharon and Bob Jimenez of Icon Imaging PR, guided the audience throughout the afternoon in their role as Master of Ceremonies, providing background information on the impressive schedule of speakers. Initiating the speaker line-up was Paul Lauer, CEO of Motive Entertainment. Mr. Lauer appeared to completely fill the stage, all on his own, as he discussed Hollywood, the culture, an increase in Religious-based movie productions and Vassula Ryden’s biography Heaven is real but so is Hell.
Paul Lauer CEO of Motive Entertainment |
Radio and TV Host, Malcolm Out Loud, kicked off his address by inspiring audience members to step outside of their comfort zones in all facets of their lives, as they endeavor to "make things happen". Malcolm went on to remind folks of the spiritual and historical importance of the United States’ national motto “In God We Trust,” in light of the upcoming national holiday, Thanksgiving. Focusing on the theme of Christian Unity, Malcolm cited Vassula Ryden’s biography, Heaven is real but so is Hell, as a strategy to promote the timely messages of “True Life In God”.
Malcolm Out Loud with Vassula on Stage|
The early afternoon schedule included a special appearance by Armenian Archbishop Mouradian from Argentina. The Archbishop delighted the audience with a commentary on Christian Unity, as well as remarks concerning his meeting with Pope Francis, when the Archbishop gave Pope Francis a copy of Extracts from The Messages of True Life in God on Unity. The Book He gave him is called "Unity Virtue of Love"
Archbishop Mouradian of Argentina Sharing Details of His Meeting with Pope Francis|
A singing group known as VOW (vision of worship) opened the second half of the Festival line-up with a beautiful rendition of ‘Emmanuel’s Song’. In fact, this performance was a surprise for Vassula planned by event host, Claire Mansour. The story behind ‘Emmanuel’s Song’ is an intriguing chapter in the history of “True Life in God”. Years before, God had asked Vassula to sing. Vassula responded by saying that she did not possess a voice to sing. God provided Vassula with the Lyrics to ‘Emmanuel’s Song’. Now, after all these years it has been to set to music and performed publicly for the very first time.
VOW Sings Taize and A Special Song Composed From the Messages caption>|
An oil painting created by Vassula in just 2 days, entitled “Tender Father” caused a stir in the theater and was a focus for photography the entire afternoon. This luminous and captivating painting was inspired by a vision Vassula had of the Father stepping out from amongst the clouds.
Vassula's Painting of The Father Stepping Out From the Clouds|
Not able to be physically present at the Christian Unity Festival, Fr. Petar from Medjugorje contributed a letter specifically written for the event. This theological address from the beloved Marian Priest discussed true personal conversion in the context of the Passion of Christ. Fr. Petar’s compelling words provided inspiration for all to unite their hearts and minds to Jesus Christ and truly moved the audience in the way only a true shepherd of Christ can.
Finally it was time for the Keynote address from Vassula Ryden. Dynamic as always, Vassula spoke about our Tender Father and His infinite love for us. Vassula went on to cite specific messages that dealt directly with the subject of personal conversion and Christian Unity. Vassula concluded by inducing everyone to stand up for Christ and for Christian Unity by coming together in one voice to state that we are one people, under one God. The enthusiasm exemplified by the entirety of the audience on their feet, clearly communicated the belief in the urgency of unity among all Christian denominations.
Vassula Delivers Keynote on the Themes of Unity and Tender Father|
The festival concluded with a lively Celtic dance and music performance that roused everyone present. This successful Christian Unity Festival was filmed by Telelumiere NOURSAT in its entirety and will be available at a later date for everyone to enjoy the Festival from home.
A Contemplation for The 28th Anniversary of True Life In God
come, My Beloved,
come and revive my soul,
come and endow my soul with life!
Oh Beloved of the Father,
I have opened the door of my heart,
will I have to wait very long
before You step in my chambers?
Your mere passage in my heart
will leave behind a trail
of the most delicate fragrance of Your perfume;
because Your Love will remedy my pitiable soul;
Spirit of Love, grant me only my share of Your Love;
Emmanuel come, come my Perfect One,
come and ravish my soul,
or else destitution shall overtake my miserable heart!
O Beloved of the Father, how Beautiful You are!
Son of the Most High, who is like unto You?
come and draw me in Your Footprints,
we shall take the road together,
we shall follow the signs laid down by Your Father's Hand,
leading to His Garden of Delights,
we shall, my Beloved, with one single heart and one single mind
follow the sweetly scented trail Your Father laid out for me;
to encourage me, He has covered my path with sapphires,
He has for my reassurance signed His Holy Name
with oil all over me;
Oh Beloved of the Father,
You, whose Hands are still dripping with pure Myrrh
since Your Resurrection,
come and ravish my soul with a single one of Your glances,
enough for me to keep my soul tranquil and quiet,
enough for me to rejoice my eyes in Your Presence;
Breath of my garden, Fountain of my soul,
Source of Sublime Love,
altogether adorable and Holy,
of which all fruitfulness comes from You,
pour out Your Spirit on all mankind,
display Your Great Love in Heaven and on earth;
Oh Beloved of the Father, You are wholly Beautiful;
to what shall I compare You my Life?
to a column of incense smoke,
to a ray of glittering Light,
to a breath of pure myrrh;
Your Presence, Lord, stands majestically before me,
and ah, as though I were queen myself,
You raise me to embrace my soul,
delicately whispering Your Love in my ear:
"My dove, I am sick with love for you;
I come from the highest heaven to visit you,
I have laid aside My Crown and descended from My Throne
I will not delay,
only a little while now, a very little while,
and the ban will be lifted,
I will renew you and I will give you back your divinity;
"My beloved, I will give water from the well of Life free
to you who thirst for My Love,
your King will take no rest, none at all, beloved of My Soul,
not until you allow Him to seal on your heart
His Divine Kiss, a Kiss from His Mouth
Have you not noticed how the sun darkens
every time you doubt of My Love?
"approach Me, dearest soul,
and I will pour out on you
countless treasures from My Sacred Heart;
for you alone I have stored them,
to turn your soul fair as in springtime and into an ivory tower,
a Heaven for Myself alone,
have you not realised how I have grafted you to Me?
let Me hear your voice again ...."
How Splendid You are, Anointed One,
Sacrificial Lamb of God,
encircled by Your angels and all the saints,
Irresistible One, Reflection of the Father,
Light thrice holy, One in Three, Three in One Light,
Brighter than a thousand suns,
how have I been deemed worthy
of seeing the Son and in the Son, the Father?
"Have you not heard, My dove,
that the lowly will rejoice in Me
and that the poorest will exult in My Presence?
have you not noticed My weakness I have for the wretched
and how I delight to instruct the poor?"
My God, My God!
who is this arising like dawn
shimmering in the twilight, like the morning star?
who is this fairer than the moon,
adorned with the sun
and a Gate wide open in Her Heart?
"She is the Queen of Heaven,
She is My Mother and your Mother,
the loveliest of women, beautiful as Heaven,
radiant as My Glory, unique in Her Perfection,
the Delight of My Soul,
She is the Woman with the twelve stars on Her Head for a crown,
the Vessel of My Glory, a Reflection of My Eternal Light;
She is the One whose Presence in My Courts
outshines all the constellations put together;
She is the Vessel of the True Light,
The Word, made flesh, and who lived among you,
She is Grace in Grace,
and the Sweetest Song of the psalmists;
She is My Theme of Joy,
My Honour and My Boast,
She is the Gate to Heaven
the One who shows Her children
how to enter into My Kingdom,
She is My Masterpiece,
She is the Consoler of your Consoler,
Co-Redemptress of your Redeemer,
the Bride of My Holy Spirit;
"daughter, I will take no rest,
not until I take you too into My Mother's House
into the Room of Her who conceived Me,
to reveal to you too Her Beauty,
then, all the mysteries that seemed to you like a well of enigmas,
will suddenly like a clap of lightning
be revealed to you too, My beloved,
and you will understand why the Woman clothed with the Sun
descends now from My Courts to you all at a moment so obscure;
let your eyes, My dove, be fixed ahead,
your gaze be straight before you;
"by the Path that I trod on I will return, My love,
I will come and look after My Vineyard Myself,
Emmanuel will be with you;"
... do you like it?
bless Me then, praise Me and love Me ...
May Your Name be blessed and praised,
May Love teach us to love Him.
May we learn to seek You in simplicity of heart,
May Your Holy Spirit fill the whole world.
Let not one of Your flowers wither,
but make them all bloom with a delicate fragrance
to glorify You, O Holy of Holies.
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