Ready for the Epiphany Blessings

Getting ready for tomorrow’s blessing, this afternoon I removed the chalked inscription from my doorway.

On Epiphany I will use blessed chalk to mark the door once again after blessing The Cupboard Under The Stairs.

When the chalk is blessed on Epiphany, the priest says:

Bless, + O Lord God, this creature, chalk, and let it be a help to mankind. Grant that those who will use it with faith in your most holy name, and with it inscribe on the doors of their homes the names of your saints, Casper, Melchior, and Balthasar, may through their merits and intercession enjoy health in body and protection of soul; through Christ our Lord.

We don’t know from Scripture how many “wise men” came to find the Lord.  Tradition has them at three and gives them their names.   The C M B on doorways is thought either to be an invocation of their names or perhaps an abbreviation in Latin: 20 + C + M + B + 19 … Christus Benedicat Mansionem… May Christ bless this dwelling.

For the blessing of the dwelling itself, after some responses, the priest says:

Lord God almighty, bless + this home, and under its shelter let there be health, chastity, self-conquest, humility, goodness, mildness, obedience to your commandments, and thanksgiving to God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. May your blessing remain always in this home and on those who live here; through Christ our Lord. All: Amen.

Lovely aspirations.

See if you can get the priest to come, in these days, to bless your home and to mark the doorway.   It is one thing for you to mark the door and hope to fulfill what the blessing asks, and it is another for Father, alter Christus, to do it.

 

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The Party of Death, having a party at the 116th Congress

I switched off the news for a couple of months.  After the Kavanaugh hearings and the midterms, I just couldn’t take it anymore.  As for TV, I just can’t deal any longer with three heads in boxes all shouting at the same time.

Anyway, because of the beginning of the 116th Congress, I turned the news back on and started paying attention to tweets and stories again.  Sigh.

The Party of Death has some real doozies in the 116th, don’t they?

And there’s this class act.   It’s bad enough when men are coarse in public.  It’s worse when women sink this low.  It reveals how we are slipping as a society.

The Party of Death, having a party at the 116th.

Yesterday I had the occasion to enter a real bookstore… with books!  I noted tables set bedecked with titles aimed at young women.  More than one had titles with vulgar words not so subtly masked with an * for one of the letters.

I firmly believe that one of the gifts God wired into women was the ability and the obligation of civilizing men.  Each year a new wave of young barbarians is launched into the world, and if there are no young women to settle them, to motivate them to settle as men – not as some cowed, ambiguous, metrosexualized, SNAG (Sensitive New Age Guy) then chaos will grip our world.  Yet year by year, it seems, girls and women are being crafted – hyped up to something like rage – through the media and academia into bad replicas of uncivilized men.   Have you noticed that in movies and TV shows, more and more women are the killers who stack up big body counts?   Biology suggests that they will lose the battle that ensues, eventually.  But, hell, that’s what abortion is for, right?  The “sacrament” of liberals, their Non Serviam.

Okay, enough of this rant.

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An Argentinian bishop on Communion in the hand

An retired bishop in Argentina, age 92, Most Rev. Juan Rodolfo Laise, O.F.M.Cap. has a book:

HOLY COMMUNION Communion in the Hand: Documents & History – Some Reflections on Spiritual Communion and the State of Grace – 2018 218 pages hardcover $18.00

US HERE – UK HERE

Here is something from the Preface by the great Bishop Athanasius Schneider, who has recently been told by the Holy See that he shouldn’t travel so much (in other words, his messages while traveling were inconvenient so he should ‘shut up’).

From the Preface of Bishop Schneider: “The Church in our times has the urgent need of courageous voices in defense of her greatest treasure, which is the mystery of the Eucharist. [How true!  Even as The Present Crisis grows, we should be compelled back to the Eucharistic Lord, to adore Him, receive Him well, celebrate His mystery in proper sacred liturgical worship together.  This is the source and summit of our identity.] Often today there arise voices in defense of the many human and temporal needs, but rare are the voices that defend the Eucharistic Jesus. With his book Communion in the Hand, His Excellency Most Rev. Juan Rodolfo Laise, Bishop Emeritus of San Luis (Argentina), has for several years raised his voice in defense of the Eucharistic Lord, showing with convincing argumentation the inconsistency of the modern practice of Communion in the hand from a historical, liturgical and pastoral perspective… I consider it an honor and joy to be able to present this book of the most worthy Bishop Juan Rodolfo Laise, “decus episcoporum Argentinae.” I hope this prophetic voice of an elderly bishop, who has retained his youth and purity of faith [“ad Deum qui laetificat iuventutem meam”] and reverent love for the Eucharistic mystery, may enkindle readers with the same faith and the same love and contribute to the universal restoration of the more sacred and reverent manner of receiving the Lord’s Body.”

Bishop Laise was born on February 22, 1926 in Buenos Aires. He entered the Capuchin Order, in which he received priestly ordination in 1949 when he was only twenty-three years old. Later he obtained his licentiate in canon law from the Gregorian University in Rome, and his doctorate in civil law from the national university of Córdoba (Argentina). In 1969 he was named Provincial Superior of the Capuchins of Argentina.

In 1971 he was appointed by Paul VI coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of San Luis, whose bishop was seriously ill. The clergy of that diocese, although scarce, were deeply divided because of liberation theology. Due to the strong resistance of the ideological and rebellious sector, it was not possible to organize the episcopal consecration in what would be his Episcopal see, but five hundred miles away, in the chapel of a Capuchin school near Buenos Aires. As soon as he became bishop of San Luis, the reaction of the group of highly politicized priests did not delay, and they left the diocese, moving to a neighboring diocese where the environment was more akin to their ideas. Some went even further by directly abandoning the priestly apostolate. This was a blow to the new bishop, who was given a diocese that already had very few priests (there had been no priestly ordinations in the previous eighteen years, and at that time there was only one seminarian). However, his courage and his gifts of government enabled him to find a way to reverse the situation.  [Just a reminder that this war has been hot for a long time.]

Since the beginning he made his priority the care of vocations: their number, and above all their solid formation, creating in 1980 the diocesan seminary “St. Michael the Archangel.” Thirty years later, when he turned seventy-five and had to leave his diocese, there were more than fifty seminarians, and a young and numerous clergy who worked actively in the towns and villages of the province. Similarly, he promoted the installation of various religious congregations. Since the beginning his activity has been multiple and incessant: the foundation of religious houses, of schools, of a Catholic University extension, numerous churches and chapels for the new districts of a province whose population is constantly growing, and the organization of congresses and conferences. The apostolic directives followed one another, in the spirit and decisions of Bishop Laise, at a feverish pace. However, as a Capuchin religious he knew well that activity, even the most noble one such as that of the apostolate, is not fruitful if it does not nourish its roots in contemplation. That is why he also encouraged the establishment in the diocese of contemplative communities. [By their fruits.]

But if in anything he has stood out in a special way, it has been in his Eucharistic piety and devotion, which have been translated in a special way into the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – which by his express will has been exposed throughout the day in the diocesan Cathedral since the 1980s – and in his care for the organizing of the feast of Corpus Christi, with a procession of the Blessed Sacrament through the streets of the city, and in his homilies for the occasion.

For all these reasons it is understandable that when, in 1996, he found himself confronted with a responsibility, that of making a decision about the possibility of resorting to an indult to give Holy Communion in a less devout manner – which makes less clear the Real Presence and the Priesthood, and which furthermore was obtained through a frontal disobedience to the Pope – he did not ask to avail himself of this, and, in the same way, he more recently has reacted to the possibility of giving Communion to someone who is not in the state of grace. After his retirement in 2001 he returned to the Franciscan conventual life and he chose the Shrine of Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo (Italy), where is found the saint’s venerated tomb. There he spends the mornings hearing the confessions of the pilgrims. He often agrees to travel to occasionally collaborate elsewhere, having performed numerous ordinations for various religious congregations, and accompanied pilgrims to Lourdes, Rome, etc., during these nearly two decades. In the photo on the back of the dust jacket of the book, he is seen on one of those occasions, celebrating a Pontifical Mass on the Altar of the Chair of St. Peter in the Vatican Basilica on October 24, 2015[Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage]

God bless this bishop.

May God bless all those who are working to restore reverent worship and belief in the Eucharist.

UPDATE:

In regard to the new book by Socci about Benedict XVI, sorry, I haven’t yet read it. However, it is available for Kindle in Italian through amazon. I put it on my wish list.

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Beans reveals his self-interest

Evidence of self-interest. Where does his mind go?

I’m not sure which publications he is talking about, but that hardly matters.

Nope. Can’t have any publications out there which expose heresies.

Beans wants an open field without any resistance for himself and his herd.

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Marble machine

And now for something completely different.

A friend sent this. It’s amazing.

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Special Blessing of Epiphany Water on the Vigil of Epiphany

Wonderful customs come with the Feast of the Epiphany.  Real Epiphany is 6 January, by the way.  Happily, this year it doesn’t get transferred to a Sunday because it falls on a Sunday.

On Epiphany we find in the Roman Ritual a blessing for gold, frankincense and myrrh.  Please bring all your spare, unblessed myrrh to your priest… and your gold.  Bring lots of gold to your priest… or send it to me if your priest isn’t around.

By the way, we use pure frankincense in our thurible.  I just bought a bunch more which I will bless.  I also have a bag of real myrrh.

On Epiphany there is also the famous blessing for homes.  Father can bless chalk which can be used then to mark the lintel of the house with the year.

However, today, on the Vigil of Epiphany, there is a special blessing for Epiphany Water.  Here is a photo from a couple years ago, of yours truly blessing Epiphany Water.

I will bless a lot more tonight.

The Rite is very cool.  It begins with the Litany of Saints, with a couple special petitions about the blessing of the water to follow. Satan and the demons are then driven from the place with a mighty prayer.

This is NOT a prayer for lay people to recite. Period. Understand? Just don’t.

Exorcism against Satan and the apostate angels [In Latin, of course. The “+” is where the celebrant makes the Sign of the Cross.]

In the name of our Lord Jesus + Christ and by His power, we cast you out, every unclean spirit, every devilish power, every assault of the infernal adversary, every legion, every diabolical group and sect; begone and stay far from the Church of God, from all who are made in the image of God and redeemed by the precious blood of the divine + Lamb. Never again dare, you cunning serpent, to deceive the human race, to persecute the Church of God, nor to strike the chosen of God and to sift them as + wheat. For it is the Most High God who commands you, + He to whom you heretofore in your great pride considered yourself equal; He who desires that all men might be saved and come to the knowledge of truth. God the Father + commands you. God the Son + commands you. God the Holy + Spirit commands you. The majesty of Christ, the eternal Word of God made flesh + commands you; He who for the salvation of our race, the race that was lost through your envy, humbled Himself and became obedient even unto death; He who built His Church upon a solid rock, and proclaimed that the gates of hell should never prevail against her, and that He would remain with her all days, even to the end of the world. The sacred mystery of the cross + commands you, as well as the power of all the mysteries of Christian faith. The exalted Virgin Mary, Mother of God + commands you, who in her lowliness crushed your proud head from the first moment of her Immaculate Conception. The faith of the holy apostles Peter and Paul and the other apostles + commands you. The blood of the martyrs and the devout intercession of all holy men and women commands you.

Therefore, accursed dragon and every diabolical legion, we adjure you by the living + God, by the true + God, by the holy + God, by the God who so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but shall have life everlasting; cease your deception of the human race and your giving them to drink of the poison of everlasting damnation; desist from harming the Church and fettering her freedom. Begone Satan, you father and teacher of lies and enemy of mankind. Give place to Christ in whom you found none of your works; give place to the one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church, which Christ Himself purchased with His blood. May you be brought low under God’s mighty hand. May you tremble and flee as we call upon the holy and awesome name of Jesus, before whom hell quakes, and to whom the virtues, powers, and dominations are subject; whom the cherubim and seraphim praise with unwearied voices, saying: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts!

The salt and water are exorcised, blessed, blended.

Thus, all these elements are ripped from the domination of the Prince of this world and handed over wholly to the King, ready for use in our spiritual warfare.

At the end of the rite the Te Deum is sung.  Spiffy.

Epiphany and its Vigil, once more important than Christmas.  Very ancient and very cool feast.

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Francis and the retreating US Bishops

As the US bishops meet in a retreat at Chicago’s Mundelein Seminary, with reflections by Rainiero Cantalamessa and the aegis of – I guess it was unavoidable – Card. Cupich, Francis sent them a letter.  HERE

There is a piece about it at the National Catholic Register.

There is a not so enthusiastic piece by Amy Welborn at Catholic World Report.  She points out a rather serious lacuna in it.

There is a gushy editorial piece by Andrea “Turncoat” Tornielli, now of the Dicastery for Communication.  HERE  Read this in tandem with Welborn.

Note contrasts: “credibility” and “truth”.

Also, Card. DiNardo, President of the USCCB sent a note to Francis as the retreat began.  HERE

Meanwhile, word is out that the investigation into L’affaire McCarrick is being… attenuated.  HERE

The Present Crisis Continues.

 

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ASK FATHER: Friday penance for a vegetarian

From a reader…

QUAERITUR:

I have a question and I think you are the perfect ossified manualist to give me the answers I need.

I am a vegetarian. When it comes to Friday Penance, am I covered because I am already not eating meat? I understand this likely violates the “spirit” of the law in that I haven’t really given up meat as a penitential practice, but I was wondering if you could shine some light if I have fulfilled the letter of the law.

You will certainly have fulfilled the letter of the law.

However, if you want to be more perfect in your devotion, you could find some other pleasant or good thing to give up on days of penance.  Also, remember that positive performance of good works is also good.

The giving of alms is a penitential practice.   In the ancient Roman Church there were very many more fast days.  People gave up foods, but the money they saved by not buying them they gave to the poor.

 

 

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What is your good news?

It has been some time since I’ve asked.

What is your good news? Share something good and positive with the readership.

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1st Friday and Saturday Devotions and You

Reminder.

Today is a 1st Friday, the first of a new Year of Grace.

Do you keep 1st Fridays in special way as the Sacred Heart of Jesus urged?

Do you engage in the Saturday devotions which Our Lady asked for at Fatima?

Do our times suggest that it would be good to begin if you haven’t already?

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Photos of Ultima Thule!

The first images of Kuiper Belt object Ultima Thule are on SpaceWeather. New Horizons is a NASA spacecraft that was the first to visit Pluto in July 2015.  It continued into the Kuiper Belt.   This is only the fifth craft to get out that far, along with Pioneer 10 and 11, and Voyager 1 and 2. Voyager 1 is now in interstellar space…but it’ll be back!

FIRST IMAGES OF ULTIMA THULE: The first high-resolution images of Ultima Thule have reached Earth following New Horizons’ historic flyby on New Year’s Day. Hot off the presses, the photos reveal a pair of roughly spherical planetestimals stuck together in the middle. The contact binary strangely resembles BB-8:

“This flyby is a historic achievement,” says New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. “Never before has any spacecraft team tracked down such a small body so far away in the abyss of space. We’re getting our first close-up look at ancient planetesimals.”

Planetestimals are the building blocks of planets. Here in the inner solar system, no pristine examples remain for us to study. They have been swallowed by planets, hammered by asteroids, and scorched by solar radiation. Ultima Thule, however, has been preserved in the deep freeze of the outer solar system for more than 4 billion years. It is truly a relic of the genesis of planets.

Mission scientists believe that Ultima Thule formed by accretion. A swarm of smaller planetesimals gathered under the pull of their own meagre gravity to form two spherical bodies, medium-sized planetesimals which themselves slowly bumped together and stuck. The result was Ultima Thule.

This is just the beginning of Ultima Thule’s revelations. First images released today have a resolution of about 140 meters per pixel. Images arriving in the days and weeks ahead will be as much as 5 times sharper, possibly revealing craters, hills, landslides, rilles and other unknowns.

New Horizons also scanned the area for tiny moons–the debris of the original swarm that gave birth to this strange object. Detections, if any, will be revealed in future transmissions from the spacecraft. Stay tuned!

 

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REVIEW: “Annibale Bugnini: Reformer of the Liturgy” by Yves Chiron

As the new year begins, I’ll point to a new and interesting book about an infamous figure in the Church in the 20th century.

Annibale Bugnini: Reformer of the Liturgy by Yves Chiron.

US HERE – UK HERE

This is the English translation of the French original.

The forward is by Alcuin Reid.   Reid is very careful to point out Chiron’s objectivity.   However, you can glean from the beginnings of the book that Bugnini – infamously controversial – while he wasn’t guilty of some things said about him – was a master manipulator of structures of power and we not above playing fast and loose with the truth.

Reid adds some information of his own, including an intriguing excerpt from Louis Bouyer about how Bugnini manipulated – even lied to – Paul VI and also the Consilium, telling each that the other was all for what (Bugnini’s agenda) was being proposed.

Reid includes a bit he learned from the late, great Card. Stickler about whether or not Bugnini really was a Freemason, often alleged about him.

“No,” the Cardinal replied, “it was something far worse.”

On the other hand, it seems that Bugnini tried to intervene in the case of Archbp. Lefebvre, arguing for greater patience from Paul VI.  And, counter-intuitively, Bugnini argued for greater permissions for the use of the pre-Conciliar form of Mass, along the lines of the Heenan permission.

I look forward to drill farther into this book.  I’m a couple chapters in, past his early life.  It has already given me food for thought.

The truth is more interesting than useful rumors that can be used as weapons.

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Wherein Fr. Z rants at the beginning of a New Year of Salvation

I’ve noted with interest a number of reviews of the past year regarding the Church.  Not a few saw the last year as a “year from hell” or an “annus horribilis”.

Sure.  That’s not unfair.  It was a very difficult year, filled with many shocks and disappointments for those of us who love the Church.

However, I offer hereunder a couple other points to consider, especially because it has been rough year.

First, when someone in a high place has said or done some crazy or confusing thing, people have had recourse to their good resources to look up the Church’s true teaching.  It could be that many of these people haven’t cracked the covers of a catechism for decades.  Suddenly, people are reviewing even the basics of the Faith, which have been challenged through ambiguity or downright contradiction.  As a result, people have had the opportunity to deep the Faith in which they believe (fides quae creditur) as well the Faith by which they believe (fides quae creditur).  The crisis has prompted lots of people to drill in and learn and live better.

Next, when you go into churches, especially in Rome, you will see inscriptions that, invariably, have dates.  Quite often before the year you will see “A.D… anno Domini… in the year of our Lord”.  In Roman churches you might see “A.S… anno salutis… in the year of our salvation”.   At the beginning of a new “year of the Lord” or “year of salvation” we are reminded that Christ is the Lord of our time here, and His Lordship is directed to our salvation.    There is nothing easy about that.   And why should it be easy?   Winning our salvation wasn’t easy for Christ.  Christ’s manner of being Lord informs our time here.

Of all the universes God might have created, He created this one, into which He called us into existence not at any old random time, but at a precise time known to Him from before the creation of the cosmos.  He knew us all before the universe was created and had something in mind for us.  That’s why He called us out of nothingness into personhood as His images here and now.  This is the time God wanted us to live.  Therefore, this is the best time for us to be here.  The circumstances of our world are not irrelevant.   This is the where and the when of our working out the salvation He has offered.

Looking at the state of the Church, we must remember that Jesus is the Lord of our time here.   The Church is His.  We all have a part to play in the Church and in the world.

As a point of reflection for this new year of salvation, I propose that you must not look at what is going on around you as if you are passive spectators.

You must not be down hearted.  If this is a hard time, then, as a member of this Church Militant, like the soldier pilgrim you are, remember that, when you live your vocation you, like a soldier in the midst of battle, are in the safest and best place you can be.   When you are fulfilling your vocation and God’s will for you with true devotion, then God will give you every actual grace that you need in abundance, because you are fulfilling the role He knew for you in His great plan, the economy of salvation, from before the formation of the cosmos.

You have vocations to fulfill as a member of the Church, Christ’s mystical Person, both ad intra (within herself) and ad extra (to the world around us).

And… GO TO CONFESSION!

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“Let y’all know!” The “Noveritis” Epiphany chant announcement of 2019’s liturgical dates

At Epiphany – once upon a time far more important than Christmas – we Latins have the custom of singing a solemn proclamation of the key liturgical dates – movable feasts – for the new year of salvation, just begun. This underscores how these dates and seasons are all interconnected.

The liturgical year is a reflection of and on the mystery of our salvation.  And, never forget, the mysteries shape us. We are our rites.

Some liturgical dates are movable. For example Septuagesima, in 2019, falls on 17 February. This beginning of Pre-Lent doesn’t fall on the same date every year because the date of Easter changes each year.

“But Father! But Father!”, you libtards are surely sputtering.  “What does this chant sound like? Do it in English like the spirit of Vatican II wanted!   But you won’t because YOU HATE VATICAN II!”

We’ll use Latin today.

Here is what it sounds like, in case some deacon or priest out there, less familiar with chant, wants to give it a shot.  It sounds rather like the Exultet, sung at the Easter Vigil.  The Noveritis is a little awkward in parts.

You can find a printable PDF of the Noveritis 2019 HERE.  NB: It has Ascension Thursday on the correct day!

Fathers.  Here is how to sing the Noveritis for 2019, on Epiphany.  I’ll take it slowly so that you can get it into your ears.

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Fr. Z’s Predictions for 2019

2019 Predictions

1. Pres. Trump will get yet another SCOTUS pick.
2. Francis and the meeting in Rome about protection of minors will miss the point of The Present Crisis and do nothing concrete.
3. The Diocese of Madison will remain vacant.
4. The blog will be wholly renovated.
5. The number of places with Holy Mass ad orientem will grow quietly but significantly.
6. Card. Dolan will be made head of the Holy Sepulcher.
7. Card. Wuerl will still be Administrator in Washington DC.
8. Holy See media policies and statements will make Baghdad Bob proud.
9. A large number of priests will begin to use the Usus Antiquior but seminaries will become more hostile.
10. Fr. Z will still not be a Monsignor.

How did I do last year?

2018 Predictions

1. Pres. Trump will acknowledge North Korea a nuclear state to diffuse the military option.   [-0 – Nope, but he did diffuse the situation another way.]
2. The building of The Wall will begin.  [+1 – Building is on, slowly.  Negotiating money is part of it.]
3. Justice Kennedy will resign from the Supreme Court, and Pres. Trump will get another pick. [+1]
4. Pope Francis – still Pope – will beatify Pierre Teilhard de Chardin with the intention to canonize him and declare him Doctor of the Church. [-1]
5. The Synod on Youth will discuss “viri probati”, which will be approved as a step to making clerical celibacy optional. [-1]
6. The Holy See and Palestine will establish full diplomatic relations, Nunciature in Bethlehem. [-1]
7. The number of places with Holy Mass ad orientem will grow quietly but significantly. [+1 This is happening.]
8. Card. Sarah will be transferred to Propaganda and Archbp. Roche will takeover at CDW. [-1 – I’m glad I was wrong about this.]
9. Doctrinal evaluation of professors and theological writings will be devolved to local episcopal conferences. [-1 – I’m not sure if any work is done on this now.]
10. Fr. Z will still not be a Monsignor.  [+1 – Quosque?]

How did I do last year? HERE

Fr. Z’s Predictions for 2018

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