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Melania Trump Leads Standing Ovation for Blind Singer at National Prayer Service (VIDEO)
Christian Post ^ | 01/23/2017 | Brandon Showalter

Posted on 01/23/2017 10:17:20 AM PST by SeekAndFind

WASHINGTON — A 20-year-old vocalist who is blind received rapturous applause at the National Prayer Service with her stirring rendition of "How Great Thou Art," a standing ovation led by First Lady Melania Trump.

(Screenshot: TFHomemadeJame/YouTube)

Marlana Vanhoose, 20, from Kentucky sang an arrangement of Stuart K. Hine's beloved hymn, as part of the 58th Presidential Inaugural at Washington National Cathedral Saturday with President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, Vice President Pence and his wife Karen Pence and their families in attendance.

Born with a disease called Cytomegalovirus (CMV), Vanhoose has been blind since birth as a result of her optic nerve never forming. According to her website,, she started "humming 'Jesus loves me' before she talked and by the time she was two years old she started playing the piano."

Vanhoose sang each verse and chorus of 'How Great Thou Art' with superb control and articulation.

Visibly moved, as noted by the Washington Examiner, First Lady Melania Trump wiped a tear from her eye and was the first to stand up as the audience clapped and cheered after Vanhoose concluded.

Vanhoose also sang the national anthem at the Republican National Convention in July 2016.

Christian pastors who read scriptures and offered prayers at the National Prayer Service included Evangelist Alveda King of Priests for Life; Bishop Harry R. Jackson of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Maryland; David Jeremiah of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California; Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside & Irvine, California; Jack Graham of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas; David Swanson of First Presbyterian Church in Orlando, Florida; Cissie Graham Lynch of Samaritan's Purse; Ramiro Peña of Christ the King Baptist Church in Waco, Texas; His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington; and Darrell Scott of New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

VanHoose's performance can be viewed below, starting at the 2:25:00 mark.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: first100days; flotusmelania; howgreatthouart; marlanavanhoose; melania; melaniatrump; nationalcathedral; nationalprayersvc; prayerservice; trump45; trumpfamily

1 posted on 01/23/2017 10:17:20 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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2 posted on 01/23/2017 10:18:52 AM PST by SeekAndFind (q)
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To: SeekAndFind

Here’s another video ( not the long version ):

3 posted on 01/23/2017 10:20:43 AM PST by SeekAndFind (q)
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That song has very great meaning to me as it was my grandfathers favorite hymn and played at both his and my grandmother’s funerals. It is also played at most of our family funerals now. My wife and I were both moved by it in the service as we watched on tv.

4 posted on 01/23/2017 10:22:43 AM PST by Uncle Sam 911
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It was beautiful.

5 posted on 01/23/2017 10:38:41 AM PST by OLDCU
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Sunday at church we sang both this song and SHOWERS OF BLESSINGS as a tribute to Franklin Graham. Such a positive a beautiful First Lady. We have been blessed.

6 posted on 01/23/2017 10:46:53 AM PST by hoosiermama (When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.DJTi)
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Am I missing something or am I seeing another attempt by CNN to try to smear Trumps via misleading editing?

Video says “Live CNN”.

The left panel clearly shows Trumps. The right panel also shows Trumps, from behind. Singing stops. We hear clapping starting. In right panel you can clearly see Trump start clapping when everyone else starts clapping (light colored hair, hands clapping above his shoulders), BUT, in the “Live CNN” big panel picture zoomed in on Trumps on the left, it appears that Trump is just sitting there when we hear everyone else start clapping.

The big/clear(left panel) picture of Trumps is delayed compared to right panel and sound.

How can both left and right be true if it’s “Live”.

7 posted on 01/23/2017 11:01:47 AM PST by mreerm
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Doing what a First Lady needs to do—reminding us of the better nature of our souls as Americans. Honor the triumphs of those who have risen above their handicaps! We are lucky to have such a woman as First Lady.

8 posted on 01/23/2017 11:16:29 AM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll Onward! Ride to the sound of the guns!)
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In right “Live CNN” panel, Trumps clearly start clapping when singing stops (0:34 - 0:36) (watch short clip from the beginning, you can easily identify where the Trumps are)

In left “Live CNN” panel, Trumps appear to be sitting there like elite snobs and are only shown to start clapping at 0:41, 5-6 seconds later.

CNN trying to make the Trumps appear to be snubbing the singer.

Left panel clearly delayed to make the Trumps look bad.

9 posted on 01/23/2017 11:25:58 AM PST by mreerm
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Not all church congregations appreciate clapping after hymns, thinking it is not appropriate. I can’t ever remember that happening in the church where I grew up. It is good manners to see what the regular churchgoers do before jumping in.

10 posted on 01/23/2017 5:35:00 PM PST by Bookwoman (...and I am unanimous in this...")
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