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Thought for today Saint of the day Today's Readings Sunday's Readings
Thought for today

Giving Hearts.

 

Bless them, Lord, who give of care
That eases heartache and despair;
Hearts of healing love and smiles
That comfort pain and tears of trials
For they are Christian, through and through –
Who do, as You would have them do –
And live, within Your hold creed,
To answer to a sufferer’s need.

They sow Your seeds of love and care,
That blossom into kindly fare
And share the gifts, You give to them,
With king and stranger, foe and friend –
And, by their acts of loving hearts,
They better life and human lot
And honour You, upon this earth,
By giving of their Christian worth.

Author: Michael Dubina.
Saint of the day

May 25 - St. Bede,the Venerable (673-735)

Summary of St Bede was  Born at Wearmouth (England) in 673; died at Jarrow on this day in 735. A monk, historian of the early English Church, and master of the Scriptures and of the teachings of the Church Fathers. Known for his scholarly writings. Venerated as the "light of the Church" in the period called the Dark Ages and as a forerunner of the eighth and ninth century renaissance of the Western Church. Venerable Bede. Bede (673 – 735) was the last of the early church fathers.
 Venerable Bede. Bede (673 – 735) was the last of the early church fathers

Bede was a monk, an historian and a scholar whose delight it was to impart to others something of his great knowledge, and and he did so with a humility and an ease that endeared him to his fellow monks.

His best known work is The Ecclesiastical History of the English People. Fr John Murray PP tells his story.

Anno Domini
The 'lesser-known' saint  is one whom we all 'know' inadvertently. Every time we sign a cheque or write a letter or glance at the calendar or check our mobile to see what day it is, we owe a debt to the Venerable Bede, an English monk who lived in the late 7th and early 8th centuries.

The practice of dividing time into BC ('Before Christ') and AD ('Anno Domini') (in the year of the Lord) wasn't actually invented by Bede. He, like the good scholar that he was, attributed this to Dionysius, a Roman abbot, who lived between 500 and 550. However the system lay relatively unused for two hundred years until Bede started to popularize it. Soon it spread to Europe and was taken up by the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne and later by the Popes.

Pupil of Benedict Biscop
Born in 672 in Jarrow, Northumberland, Bede was entrusted to the care of the abbot Benedict Biscop at the monastery of St. Peter in Wearmouth, near Sunderland in northeastern England. In 685 he moved to a new monastery in Jarrow and records suggest that he never moved from there until his death, devoting himself to the study of the scriptures and to the writing of history with which he became more famous.

bede3His works show that he had at his command all the learning of the time. It was thought that the library at Jarrow had about 500 books, making it one of the most extensive in the whole of England. Bede's mentor, Benedict, did his best to ensure that the library continued to be well stocked and added to it from his travels within the realm and to the continent of Europe. Indeed, even within Bede's own lifetime he was regarded as one of the most intelligent men of his age, and the Council of Aachen in 835 referred to Bede as a contemporary doctor of the Church. Many of his commentaries on scripture were read extensively during the Middle Ages.

He lived for eternity
Bede himself was a humble man and said that he was always 'rejoicing to serve the Supreme Loving Kindness'. Yet while he made his name as a writer of history, he lived for eternity and wanted to use his writings to help men reach a happy eternity. 'Many a learned man will be found at last among the lost and many a simple soul that has kept God's commandments will shine among the apostles and doctors,' he wrote.

It was this standard which guided his historical writings. He did not actually begin writing until he was ordained a priest at the age of thirty and then only at the behest of Ceolfrid, an abbot, whom he revered. His effort then for the rest of his life was to bring to his fellow countrymen the teachings of the four great Western doctors: Jerome, Augustine, Ambrose and Gregory.

A modern historian has praised his contribution: 'First among English scholars, first among English theologians, first among English historians, it is in the monk of Jarrow that English literature strikes its roots. In the six hundred scholars who gathered around him for instruction, he is the father of our national education.' His access to the great library of Jarrow ensured that his research and study of the sources was as comprehensive as it could be at the time.

The Ecclesiastical History of the English People
Undoubtedly Bede's major work was The Ecclesiastical History of the English People. It took him thirty years to complete and it is a mixture of history and hagiography (stories of the saints). In the first twenty-one chapters Bede treats of the period from the time of Caesar to the mission of Augustine to convert the English. Bede includes in his text of this later event an analysis of the correspondence between Pope St. Gregory and Augustine on this issue and other various moral questions. Such detail and scholarship was unknown at that time.

Bede too, was always scrupulous in recording the sources of his information - and in asking those who copied and edited his work to preserve these references (a practice which they did not always obey). Even today modern scholars regard his History as the authoritative account of Christianity in England from its inception to Bede's own time.

A man of one place
Bebede 4de never moved any further than a fifty-mile radius from his monastery. He was much loved and revered by his own community. His devoted community kept vigil during his final illness. He himself continued to pray and work right up to the last moment.

Death and feastday
Cuthbert, a student, relates how he completed dictation of a translation of the Gospel of St. John on the day of his death, the feast of the Ascension, 735, after which he supposedly fell to the floor and passed quietly away. He was buried in Jarrow initially but his remains now reside in Durham Cathedral having been moved there in 1370.

Bede&BenThe title 'Venerable' began to be applied within a couple of generations of his death as the influence of his writings spread.

However it wasn't until 1899 that Pope Leo XIII gave him the title 'Doctor of the Church'.

Pope Benedict XIV canonised him.



This article first appeared in The Messenger (May 2008), a publication of the Irish Jesuits.

May 28 - St Mary Magdalen dei Pazzi (1566-1607)

Summary of St Mary Magdalene de Pazzi who was born in Florence (Italy) in 1566; died there on this day in 1607. A Carmelite mystic and visionary. Noted for her hidden life of prayer and for her spiritual and physical suffering, borne for the Church and its renewal.

Mag1St Mary Magdalen dei Pazzi was a Carmelite mystic. Though she suffered a lot herself, she remained faithful to her prayer life and cared for her fellow-sisters and others in her convent. Her feast is on 25th May. Patrick Duffy outlines her life.

Of the dei Pazzi family in Florence
Born into the famous and wealthy family of dei Pazzi in Florence, she was christened Catherine. Her ancestors had fought in the Crusades and her parents were close to the Medici. She grew up to be a beautiful young woman and at sixteen against the wishes of her family, she decided to become a Carmelite nun and took the name Mary Magdalen.

Illness and aridity
mag2Professed in 1584, Mary Magdalen went on to become novice mistress and sub-prioress. From 1604 onwards she was bed-ridden, suffering physical pain, such as violent headaches and paralysis, spiritual aridity and temptations to suicide. She often alternated between being lifeless and being in lively conversation with Christ and the saints. She continued to be able to do practical things like embroidery during her ecstasies. She sometimes prophesied future events and could read the secrets of the hearts of those who consulted her.

"Love is not loved"
One of her most memorable sayings is: "O Love, love is not loved, not known by his own creatures. O my Jesus! If I had a voice sufficiently loud and strong to be heard in every part of the world, I would cry out to make this love known, loved and honoured by all people as the one immeasurable good".

mag3Death and canonisation
When Mary Magdalen dei Pazzi came close to death, she encouraged her religious sisters to love and trust Jesus. She died on May 25, 1607 at the age of forty-one and was canonised in 1669. Her incorrupt body is at the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, Florence. Her feast is on 25th May.
Today's Readings
FIRST READING   

A reading from the letter of St James          5:9-12
The Judge is already to be seen waiting at the gates.

Do not make complaints against one another, brothers, so as not to be brought to judgement yourselves; the Judge is already to be seen waiting at the gates. For your example, brothers, in submitting with patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord; I remember it is those who had endurance that we say are the blessed ones. You have heard of the patience of Job, and understood the Lord's purpose, realising that the Lord is kind and compassionate.

Above all, my brothers, do not swear by heaven or by the earth, or use any oaths at all. If you mean 'yes', you must say 'yes'; if you mean 'no', say 'no'. Otherwise you make yourselves liable to judgement.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm          Ps 102
Response                               The Lord is compassion and love.

1. My soul, give thanks to the Lord,
all my being, bless his holy name.
My soul, give thanks to the Lord
And never forget all his blessings.                    Response

2. It is he who forgives all your guilt,
who heals every one of your ills,
who redeems your life from the grave,
who crowns you with love and compassion.  Response

3. The Lord is compassion and love,
slow to anger and rich in mercy.
His wrath will come to an end;
he will not be angry for ever.                              Response

4. For as the heavens are high above the earth
so strong is his love for those who fear him.
As far as the east is from the west
so far does he remove our sins.                          Response


Gospel Acclamation       
Ps 110:7
Alleluia, alleluia!
Your precepts, O Lord, are all of them sure;
they stand firm for ever and ever.
Alleluia!

or                                             Jn 17: 17

Alleluia, alleluia!
Your word is truth, O Lord
consecrate us in the truth.
Alleluia!

GOSPEL

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark      10:1-12 
What God has united, man must not divide.

Jesus came to the district of Judaea and the far side of the Jordan. And again crowds gathered round him, and again he taught them, as his custom was. Some Pharisees approached him and asked, 'Is it against the law for a man to divorce his wife?' They were testing him. He answered them, 'What did Moses command you?' 'Moses allowed us' they said 'to draw up a writ of dismissal and so to divorce.' Then Jesus said to them, 'It was because you were so unteachable that he wrote this commandment for you. But from the beginning of creation God made them male and female. This is why a man must leave father and mother, and the two become one body. They are no longer two, therefore, but one body. So then, what God has united, man must not divide.' Back in the house the disciples questioned him again about this, and he said to them, 'The man who divorces his wife and marries another is guilty of adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another she is guilty of adultery too.'

The Gospel of the Lord.

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Gospel Reflection         
  Friday,             Seventh week in Ordinary Time            Mark 10:1-12

Today’s first reading from the book of Sirach has some lovely things to say about true friendship, ‘a faithful friend is a sure shelter, whoever finds one has found a rare treasure. A faithful friend is something beyond price… a faithful friend is the elixir of life’. The author also says in that reading that those who fear the Lord will find a faithful friend. In other words, when we relate well to the Lord we will find faithful friends. When our relationship with the Lord is right it helps us to find and to form good human relationships that are marked by faithfulness and self-giving. In the gospel reading Jesus speaks of a special kind of friendship, the relationship between a husband and wife in marriage. His vision of marriage has something in common with the vision of friendship in the first reading. Jesus presents the ideal of two people, man and woman, remaining faithful to each other for life to the point where they become no longer two but one. Whether we are married or single, we can all taste the joy of a faithful friendship, through which we come to experience the Lord’s faithful love in others and reveal that faithful love of the Lord to others. ________________________________

The scripture readings are taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE, published by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with the permission of the publishers. http://dltbooks.com/

The Gospel reflection comes from: Weekday Reflections for the Liturgical Year 2017/2018; ‘LET THE WORD OF GOD DWELL IN YOU' by Martin Hogan, published by The Messenger c/f   www.messenger.ie/bookshop/
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Taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE, published and copyright 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House Inc, and used by permission of the publishers.
CÉAD LÉACHT 

Sliocht as Litir Naomh Séamus            5:9-12
Tá an breitheamh cheana féin i mbéal an dorais.

N
á déanaigí casaoid ar a chéile ionas nach dtabharfar breith oraibh; féach, tá an breitheamh cheana féin i mbéal an dorais. A bhráithre, bíodh na fáithe a labhair in ainm an Tiarna mar shampla agaibh den fhulaingt agus den fhoighne.
Féach go bhfógraímid gurb aoibhinn dóibh siúd a sheas an fód. Chuala sibh faoi fhoighne Iób agus an chríoch a chur an Tiarna léi, mar go bhfuil sé lán de thaise agus de thrócaire.

Ach thar aon ní eile, a bhráithre liom, ná tugaigí mionn, dar neamh ná dar talamh, ná dar aon mhionn eile. Nuair a bhíonn “sea” le rá agaibh, abraigí “sea,” agus “ní hea” nuair is “ní hea,” ionas nach dtiocfadh an daorbhreith oraibh.

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra                 Sm 102
Freagra                                 Is grámhar trócaireach é an Tiarna

1. Beannaigh an Tiarna, a anam liom;
go mbeannaí a bhfuil ionam a ainm naofa.
Beannaigh an Tiarna, a anam liom;
ná tabhair i ndíchuimhne a thíolacthaí uile.   Freagra

2. Maitheann sé do chionta go léir duit;
agus leigheasann sé d’easláintí uile.
Fuasclaíonn sé d’anam ón uaigh;
corónaíonn sé le buanghrá is le trua thú.        Freagra

3. Is grámhar trócaireach é an Tiarna,
foighneach agus lán de cheansacht.
Ní i gcónaí a bheidh sé ag cáineadh;
ní de shíor a bheidh sé i bhfeirg linn.               Freagra

4. Óir ní airde neamh os cionn talaimh
ná a bhuanghrá don dream lenarb eagal é.
Ní faide an t-oirthear ón iarthar
ná an fad a chuireann sé ár gcionta uainn.     Freagra

SOISCÉAL             

Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Marcas         10:1-12
An ní a cheangail Dia, ná scaoileadh duine é.

San am sin tháinig Íosa go dtí críocha Iúdáia ar an taobh eile den Iordáin, agus chruinnigh sluaite móra chuige arís agus bhí sé á dteagasc arís mar ba ghnách leis. Tháinig Fairisínigh chuige agus d’fhiafraigh siad de, ag baint trialach as: “An dleathach do dhuine a bhean a scaoileadh uaidh?” D’fhreagair sé agus dúirt leo: “Cad a d’ordaigh Maois daoibh?” Dúirt siadsan: “Thug Maois cead litir idirscartha a scríobh agus í a scaoileadh.” Dúirt Íosa leo: “Is de dheasca bhur gcroí a bheith stuacach a scríobh sé an aithne sin daoibh. Ach ó thús an chruthaithe ‘rinne Dia iad fireann agus baineann; mar gheall air sin fágfaidh duine a athair agus a mháthair chun bheith go dlúth i bpáirt lena bhean, agus aon cholainn amháin a bheidh sa bheirt acu’. Dá réir sin, ní beirt iad feasta ach aon cholainn amháin. Dá bhrí sin, an ní a cheangail Dia, ná scaoileadh duine é.” Cheistigh a dheisceabail é mar gheall air seo arís sa teach, agus dúirt sé leo: “Duine ar bith a scaoileann uaidh a bhean agus a phósann bean eile, déanann sé adhaltranas ina coinne. Agus má scaoileann bean a fear uaithi agus fear eile a phósadh, déanann sí adhaltranas.”

Soiscéal Dé.



AN BÍOBLA NAOFA
© An Sagart
Sunday's Readings

Holy Trinity Sunday


Scripture Themes
The Holy Trinity. At the Last Supper, Christ explained to the Apostles that he could not teach them everything because they were not, during his lifetime, sufficiently receptive. The Holy Spirit will be charged with continuing Christ’s work for all the days of the future Church. It is the love of the Father that gives us his Son, while the Holy Spirit is ever leading us to know more of the truth.

 Trinity 1FIRST READING 


A reading from the Book of  Deuteronomy      4:32-34. 39-40
The Lord is God indeed, in heaven above as on earth beneath, he and no other.

Moses said to the people: 'Put this question, then, to the ages that are past, that went before you, from the time God created man on earth: Was there ever a word so majestic, from one end of heaven to the other? Was anything ever heard? Did ever a people hear the voice of the living God speaking from the heart of the fire, as you heard it, and remain alive? Has any god ventured to take to himself one nation from the midst of another by ordeals, signs, wonders, war with mighty hand and outstretched arm, by fearsome terrors - all this that the Lord your God did for you before your eyes in Egypt?

Understand this today, therefore, and take it to heart: the Lord is God indeed, in heaven above as on earth beneath, he and no other. Keep his laws and commandments as I give them to you today, so that you and your children may prosper and live long in the land that the Lord your God gives you for ever.'

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm      Ps 32
Response                            Happy the people the Lord has chosen as his own.

1. The word of the Lord is faithful
and all his works to be trusted.
The Lord loves justice and right
and fills the earth with his love.                     Response

2. By his word the heavens were made,
by the breath of his mouth all the stars.
He spoke; and they came to be.
He commanded; they sprang into being.     Response

3. The Lord looks on those who revere him,
on those who hope in his love,
to rescue their souls from death,
to keep them alive in famine.                         Response

4. Our soul is waiting for the Lord.
The Lord is our help and our shield.
May your love be upon us, O Lord,
as we place all our hope in you.                     Response

SECOND READING

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans             8:14-17
You received the spirit of sons, and it makes us cry out, 'Abba, Father.

holy spirit comesEveryone moved by the Spirit is a son of God. The spirit you received is not the spirit of slaves bringing fear into your lives again; it is the spirit of sons, and it makes us cry out, 'Abba, Father!' The Spirit himself and our spirit bear united witness that we are children of God. And if we are children we are heirs as well: heirs of God and coheirs with Christ, sharing his sufferings so as to share his glory.

The Word of the Lord

Gospel Acclamation             Apoc 1-8
Alleluia, alleluia!
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
The God who is, who was, and who is to come.
Alleluia!

 

GOSPEL      

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew     28:16-20Holy-Trinity2
Baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

The eleven disciples set out for Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had arranged to meet them. When they saw him they fell down before him, though some hesitated. Jesus came up and spoke to them. He said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.'

 The Gospel of the Lord.




Taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE, published and copyright 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House Inc, and used by permission of the publishers.

SOLLÚNTAS NA TRÍONÓIDE RÓNAOFA


CÉAD LÉACHT 

Sliocht as Leabhar Deotranaimí     4:32-34. 39-40
Is é an Tiarna is Dia dáiríre ar neamh thuas agus ar talamh thíos; níl ann ach é.

 Trinity 1Dúirt Maois leis an bpobal “Óir, cuir an cheist seo dá bhrí sin chun na n-aos a d’imigh tharainn agus a bhí romhat, ón lá a chruthaigh Dia an duine ar talamh: An raibh briathar riamh chomh maorga ó cheann ceann neimhe? Ar chualathas riamh a leithéid? Ar chuala aon chine riamh guth Dé [bheo] ag labhairt ó chroí na tine, mar a rinne tusa, agus iad a mhaireachtáil? Ar thug aon Dia riamh faoi chine a ghabháil chuige féin ó chrioslach cine eile, le profaí, le comharthaí, le hiontais, le cogadh, le láimh láidir agus le géag ar tinneall? – na nithe sin go léir a rinne an Tiarna daoibhse, os comhair bhur súl san Éigipt. Tuig é seo inniu dá bhrí sin agus ding i do chroí é: Is é an Tiarna is Dia dáiríre ar neamh thuas agus ar talamh thíos; níl ann ach é. Coimeád a reachta agus a aitheanta dá bhrí sin mar a thugaim duit iad inniu i dtreo go mbeidh conách ort féin agus ar do shliocht, agus saol fada agat sa tír atá á thabhairt duit go brách ag an Tiarna do Dhia.”

Briathar Dé.  

 

Salm le Freagra                 Sm 32
Freagra                                Is méanar don phobal a roghnaigh an Tiarna dó féin
1. Is dílis é briathar an Tiarna,
agus is iontaofa a obair uile.
Is ionúin leis an chóir is an ceart;
tá an talamh lan de bhuanghrá an Tiarna.            Freagra

2. Lena bhriathar a rinneadh na flaithis,
Ie hanáil a bhéil na réaltaí go léir.
Labhair sé, agus tharla ann iad.
D'ordaigh sé agus rinneadh amhlaidh.                   Freagra

3. Feach, tá súile an Tiarna ar lucht a eaglaithe,
orthu sin a chuireann a ndóchas ina bhuanghrá,
chun go bhfuadódh sé a n-anamacha ón mbás
is go gcothódh sé iad in am an ghorta.                    Freagra

4. Bíonn ar n-anam ag feitheamh leis an Tiarna:
is é sin árgcabhair is ár sciath.
Tabhair dúinn do bhuanghrá, a Thiarna,
de réir an dóchais a chuirimid ionat.                       Freagra
DARA LÉACHT 

Sliocht as Litir Naomh Pól chuig na Romanaigh        8:14-17holy spirit comes
Fuair sibh spiorad na clainne trína nglaoimid Abba nó Athair ar Dhia.

Mar an mhuintir a mbíonn Spiorad Dé á dtreorú is clann ag Dia iad. Óir, an spiorad a fuair sibh ní spiorad na daoirse é chun eagla a chur oraibh athuair ach spiorad na clainne trína nglaoimid “Abba! Athair.” Dearbhaíonn an Spiorad féin dár spioradna gur clann Dé sinn; agus, más clann sinn, is oidhrí sinn chomh maith, oidhrí Dé agus comhoidhrí le Críost, ós rud é go bhfuilimid páirteach leis ina pháis, le hionchas a bheith páirteach leis ina ghlóir chomh maith.

Briathar Dé.

Holy-Trinity2
AN SOISCÉAL
:      Matha 28:16-20
Sular cruthaíodh an domhan, rugadh an Eagna.

San am sin d’imigh an t-aon deisceabal déag leo go dtí an Ghailíl, go dtí an sliabh a cheap Íosa mar ionad coinne dóibh, agus ar a fheiceáil dóibh d’umhlaigh siad dó, ach go raibh amhras ar chuid acu. Tháinig Íosa chucu agus labhair sé leo: “Tá gach údarás tugtha domsa ar neamh agus ar talamh. Imígí dá bhrí sin, déanaigí deisceabail de na náisiúin uile, á mbaisteadh in ainm an Athar agus an Mhic agus an Spioraid Naoimh, ag múineadh dóibh gach ní atá ordaithe agam a choinneáil. Agus féach, táim in éineacht libh i gcónaí go dtí deireadh an tsaoil.”

Soiscéal Dé.

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Machtnamh ar Bhriathar Dé dia Domhnaigh An Tríonóid Naofa 

Ní Dia i bhfad amach, neamhpearsanta

San sean-aimsear, d'aontaigh gach éinne ar aon fhiocal go raibh Dia ann. Bhí creideamh de shaghas éigin i nDhia go foirleathan. San saol inniu, d'eirigh tuairmí creidimh faoi Dhia, seachas mar a bhí tráth---Dia nó ainaindagacht. Ní hamhlaidh dúinn inniu. Ní hamháin go bhfuil go leor daoine aindiaghach ann, ach tá an-chuid gné den saol nua-aimseartha ag cothú aindiaghais ionainn uile. In ár gcathracha móra, timpeallaithe le h’oibreacha lámh an duine, is féidir dearmad a dhéanadh faoi Dhia a chruthaigh áilleacht an nádúir. Braitheann daoine tostas Dé, i bhfolach agus fada ó’n ár radharc. Inniu táimid ag ceiliúradh féile na Tríonóide Naofa, an rúndiamhar faoi shaol pearsanta Dé. Insíonn an Scrioptúr dúinn ní amháin go bhfuil ár nDia pearsanta, ach go bhfuil Dia ann mar thrí phearsa, Athair, Mac agus Spiorad Naomh. Cé nach féidir linn míniú loighciúil a thabhairt ar a leithéid, cuireann ár gcreideamh ar ár gcumas, fiú más beag féin é, a thabhairt faoi ndear an caidreamh dinimiciúil atá ann i nádúr Dé.

Pádraig Ó Rúairí, cp, Sliabh Argus, Átha Cliath.
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