Spiritual Resource: Devotions to Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Although too late to be used as a Novena in preparation for the Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help that will is commemorated in some chapels today, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, as the fifth day in the Octave of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus takes precedence over any feast not on the General Roman Calendar, the following traditional devotional prayers to Our Lady of Perpetual Help can be used as a novena at any time. Moreover, every family should pray these prayers once a week. We do so on Tuesday evenings following our family Rosary.

I ask readers to pray three Hail Marys for my self-sacrificing wife, Sharon, who graciously consented to type up these prayers for you five years agoas I was working on Then, Now And Always: Viva Cristo Rey!, part five, which took a great deal of time to complete. Sharon loves Our Lady with a very pure heart. She gladly and generously devoted her time on Saturday evening, June 23, 2012, after a long day of housework to do so. Please, in your charity, do pray her those three Hail Marys. Thank you.

The next original article is nearing completion. It was just about the only thing I did yesterday, Monday, June 26, 2017, the Feast of Saints John and Paul and the Commemoration of the Octaves of the Sacred Heart and the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist. Work continued until ten o’clock last evening, at which the eyestrain became too much to continue. Even though my appointment with the optometrist wound up being scheduled for today, I am fairly confident that I will able to finish the next article this evening. Thank you.

Republished Reflections for the Feast of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

[Late Night Update on the Sunday Within the Octave of the Feast of the Sacred Heart, the Third Sunday after Pentecost, and the Commemorations of Saint William the Abbot and of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist: Compling the documentation for my next original article has occupied much of the past two days. It will do so again tomorrow, Monday, June 26 2017, the Feast of Saints John an Paul. It is my hope, though, to complete the article for publication on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, the Feast of Saint Irenaeus and the Vigil of the Solemnity of Saints Peter Paul with the respective Ocatves of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist. 

[Part of the reason for the delay is that the glare of the computer screen has taken a toll on my eyesight. Funds have been raised privately for a visit to an optician so I can obtain and then fill a prescription for new glasses. It will be necessary to be away from the computer for the most of the day such an appointment can be scheduled. If it is not tomorrow, therefore, I will be at work on the article. If it can be scheduled for tomorrow, Monday, of course, I will be away from the computer. Thanks for your patience as age and the constant eyestrain of squinting at the computer screen has caught up with my eyes. All to thee, Blessed Mother. All to thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you. Save souls!)

Two republished refections are being published today, the Feast of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist:

Today's great feast, coming as it does six months, one day prior to Christmas Day, is only one of three in the liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church that commemorates a physical birth (or Nativity). Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ's Nativity in Bethlehem in celebrated on Christmas Day, December 25. Our Lady Nativity is celebrated on September 8. And Our Lord's Precursor, the son of Saint Elizabeth, Saint John the Baptist, is privileged to have his own Nativity celebrated this very day. This is a tremendous feast day in the life of the Catholic Church. Posted today is a revised article on the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist and a new (and very short) article that is simply an exhortation to pray to Saint John the Baptist live with perhaps just a modicum of his spirit of prayer, penance, fasting and self-denial.

Saint John the Baptist, the last of the Old Testament prophets, prepared the way for the coming of Our Lord prior to the assumption of His Public Ministry. Freed from Original Sin in the womb of his mother, Saint Elizabeth, who was Saint Anne's cousin, at the moment of Our Lady's Visitation, Saint John the Baptist preached fearlessly to convert sinners from their sinful ways and to prepare them to accept his Cousin, God Incarnate, as their Redeemer. He also knew that he had to decrease in stature in the world as Our Lord increased following His symbolic baptism in the Jordan River, during which, of course, God the Father sent a dove, symbolizing God the Holy Ghost, spoke to tell us in no uncertain terms, "This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased" (Matthew 3: 17), a proclamation that would God the Father repeated at Our Lord's Transfiguration (Matthew 17: 5).

Saint John the Baptist fearlessly proclaimed the truth. He lost his head for doing so. In like manner, of course, we must proclaim the truth, doing so out of fidelity to Our Lord as He has revealed Himself to His true Church, and in true Charity for the eternal good of others, recognizing at all times that we are but weak vessels of clay, full of faults and failings, who must make much reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary for our sins.

It is not easy to speak truth to those in power. Saint John the Baptist knew this.

Those in power, such as King Herod the Tetrarch, who was married illicitly to his brother's wife even though his brother was still very much alive, frequently believe themselves to be beyond criticism and that each of their decisions are binding upon the consciences of all others, a power that Our Lord has given exclusively to true popes, who can indeed bind our consciences. And it is frequently the case that even true bishops in in the decades before the "Second" Vatican Council had a tendency to figuratively lop off the heads of anyone who questioned their personnel decisions, a tendency that has borne such rotten fruit as the unquestioning "trust" rendered to top lieutenants in the past made possible the infestation of corruption among the ranks of the conciliar presbyterate, an infestation that has scandalized many Catholics and caused some to lose the Faith altogether.

Those in civil power, however, tend to think of themselves as demigods whose musings on this or that subject carry great significance. No matter who the President of the United States of America is, for example, it is invariably the case that some sort variation of one false, naturalistic presupposition after another is supposed to be accepted by the populace as the foundation for the common good domestically and for peace internationally. These "demigods" can't possibly be wrong, of course. They believe that their shallow words and empty and sometimes contradictory statements are received from on high (actually, their words and actions come from below!) and anyone who dares to dissent from them is suspect of being a "domestic terrorist."

We must, therefore, ask Saint John the Baptist to pray for the restoration of a true pope on the Throne of Saint Peter in order to defend the truth of Divine Revelation after decades upon decades of attacks upon it by the mighty powers of the counterfeit church of concilairism and by the potentates in civil government who share conciliarism's rejection of the Social Reign of Christ the King and believe, instead, that men of "good will" can pursue the "common good" without seeking the conversion of all men and all nations to the Catholic Faith, outside of which there is no salvation and without which there can be no true social order.

The next original article for this site will be a follow-up to Chronicling the Adversary's Global Takeover of the Healthcare Industry, which was published one month ago now. As there is much documentation to be included in the article, it may take up to three more days before it is completed. (I am also working on adapating my doctoral dissertation, which was defended orally and then approved on Friday, May 20, 1977, forty long years ago now, for publication. This work is tedious. However, the finished product should be of interest to a few readers. I simply have not had time to attend to this. This is a project that may interfere at times with the completion of articles, but it is simply one of several book projects that I want to complete as I am not getting any younger.)

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint John the Baptist, pray for us

Reflections for the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Today is the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

First, an original commentary, The Conciliar Church and Its Falsehoods Will Be But A Bad Memory One Day, was published late yesterday afternoon (and a few my ubiquitous typorgraphical errors have been corrected).

Four older reflections, each of which has been revised slightly, are being called to your attention on this Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus:

 
 
 
 
The first of the reflections on the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus listed just above was written last year, and it emphasizes the need to make reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus for the crimes of this wicked age--and, of course, for our own many sins.
 
We must never permit anything distract us from the glories of this great feast day of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, which falls this year on the  fourth Friday of the Month of June, the month of the Sacred Heart, as the Vigil of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist is commemorated.
 
How can we be as ungrateful and as indifferent as we are in the face of the great, tender mercies that have been showered upon us by the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, formed out of and beating as one with the Immaculate Heart of Mary? We must use this feast and its octave to increase our ardor for the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
 
A marvelous reflection, written by Father Francois Charmot, S.J., in In Retreat With the Sacred Heart summarizes the Trinitarian nature of the love that flows out for us from the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus:
 
"If I did not have some knowledge of the Heart of Jesus, how little would I realize the love of the Father! "But, looking upon the pierced Heart of the Incarnate Word, I can say with assurance: blessed be Thou, O Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ, who, in Him, has heaped upon us all Thy spiritual blessings! "Before the creation of the world Thou hast chosen us in Jesus, in order that we may be holy with Him, through the love of the blessed Trinity. "Thy Son is charity, as Thou, Father, art charity. "He is all charity, as thou art all charity. ""The charity of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost is the same, equal in Three Persons. There are not three charities, but one singe coeternal love. "With what love I have been loved infinitely, neither more nor less by Thee, Father, than by the Son and by Thy Holy Spirit, since before the creation of the world! "If I believe that Jesus loves me, I believe that His Father loves me just as much, and it is Thy Word who declares to me that Thou, Father, and Thy Holy Spirit wish to dwell in me. "All those whom the Heart of Jesus loved: His disciples, the children, the sinners, the diseased, the poor, the humble, the persecuted. "Thou, Father, also loved them with the same love. "The Blessed Virgin was loved no less by Thee than by Thy Son, her Son, and by Thy Spirit. "O Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ, blessed be Thou for having foreordained that we should be Thy Sons in thine only begotten Son, sons of adoption through Thy Son incarnate. "Thou hast willed, by this gracious predestination, that the Heart of Thy well-beloved Son should make us sharers in the love of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. "For this Heart encompasses all that the charity of the Three Persons could communicate from its Fire to the Incarnate Word. "In this Heart we possess by heritage such an effusion of the Holy Spirit, such a furnace of love, such an ocean of mercy, such an outpouring of tenderness, that it is impossible to imagine any others in some perfect creature which would be closer to infinite charity. "That is why, O Father, we know thy love through the Heart of Jesus. "Kind Father, kindest of Fathers, incomparably kind Father, Thou hast willed that through the pierced Heart of Thy Son, we should know the extent of Thy charity, Thy goodness, Thy paternity, Thy longanimity, Thy mercy, Thy pardon, Thine eternal remission of sin. "And when this Heart which has so loved men–even to the shedding of all Its blood for them–finally ceased to beat, the death of Thy Son bore witness, even as the sacrifice of His Father who had delivered Him, that the love of the Three Persons for us outweighs the very life of the Man-God. st of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ to the whole world, and that Pope Pius XI elevated its rank to a double of the first class with an octave: "At length, in the year 1765, the Supreme Pontiff Clement XIII approved the Mass and Office in honour of the mos"Through the pierced Heart of Thy Son, O infinitely good Father, grant me the grace to believe implicitly in Thy love, to love Thee as a Son, as Thy Son Jesus, who abandoned Himself to Thee in the agony and on the cross in utter helplessness and total destitution, solely because Thou were His Father."(Father Francois Charmot, S.J., In Retreat With the Sacred Heart, The Newman Press, 1956, pp. 16-18.)
 
The followng bief history, contained in Pope Pius XI's Caritate Christi Compulsi, May 3, 1932, and contained in today's Divine Office, explains Holy Mother Church's institution and then extension of the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus that Our Lord specifically requested Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque to make possible:

But, in order to establish fully and entirely the worship of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus, and to spread the same throughout the whole world, God himself chose as his instrument a most humble virgin from the order of the Visitation, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, who even in her earliest years already had a burning love for the Sacrament of the Eucharist, and to whom Christ the Lord had very many times appeared, and was pleased to make known the riches and the desires of his divine Heart. 

The most famous of these appearances was that in which Jesus revealed himself to her in prayer before the blessed Sacrament, showed her his most Sacred Heart, and, complaining that in return for his unbounded love, he met with nothing but outrages and ingratitude from mankind, he ordered her to concern herself with the establishment of a new feast, on the Friday after the octave of Corpus Christi, on which his Heart should be venerated with due honor, and that the insults offered him by sinners in the Sacrament of love should be expiated by worthy satisfaction.

But there is no one who does not know how many and how great were the obstacles which the handmaid of God experienced, in carrying out the commands of Christ: but, endowed with strength by the Lord himself, and actively aided by her pious spiritual directors, who exerted themselves with an almost unbelievable zeal, up to the time of her death she never ceased faithfully to carry out the duty entrusted to her by heaven.

At length, in the year 1765, the Supreme Pontiff Clement XIII approved the Mass and Office in honor of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus; and Pius IX extended the feast to the universal Church, From then on the worship of the most Sacred Heart, like an overflowing river, washing away all obstacles, has poured itself over the whole earth, and, at the dawn of the new century, Leo XIII, having proclaimed a jubilee, decided to dedicate the whole human race to the most Sacred Heart. 

This consecration was actually carried out with solemn rites in all the churches of the Catholic world, and brought about a great increase of this devotion, leading not only nations but even private families to it, who in countless numbers dedicated themselves to the Divine Heart, and submitted themselves to its royal sway. 

Lastly, the Sovereign Pontiff Pius XI, in order that, by its solemnity, the feast might answer more fully to the greatly widespread devotion of the Christian people, raised the feast of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus to the rite of a double of the first class, with an octave; and moreover, that the violated rights of Christ, the supreme King and most loving Lord, might be repaired, and that the sins of the nations might be bewailed, he ordered that annually, on that same feast-day, there should be recited an expiatory form of prayer in all the churches of the Christian world.
(Pope Pius XI, Caritate Christi Compulsi, May 3, 1932.) 

A blessed Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus to you all! Let us never be ungrateful or indifferent to the tender mercies shown us by the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Let our own hearts fly unto these tender mercies through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
 
Cor Iesu Sacratissimum, miserere nobis.
 
Cor Iesu Sacratissimum, miserere nobis.
 
Cor Iesu Sacratissimum, miserere nobis.
 
Our Lady of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us.
 
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.

The Conciliar Church and Its Falsehoods Will Be But A Bad Memory One Day

The Argentine Apostate does not believe that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Obviously, Our Lord is not truly present in the false liturgical rites of concilairism. Granted. However, the official teaching of this false religious sect is that Our Lord is so present. Bergoglio does not believe this is so. If he did, you see, he would speak about the Blessed Sacrament and act in front of what is purported to be Our Lord in His Real Presence differently.

This commentary explains why this is so

I am sorry for the delay in the completion of this commentary.

Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament and the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us.

Saint Paulinus of Nola, pray for us.

Given all the myraid problems that have arisen in recent days, including additional ones with our minivan that were detected at an oil change facility late yesterday afternoon, my effort to complete a reflection for this Octave Day of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi is going to have to be suspended for the time being. I will, however, return to the task later today in the hope to have it posted this evening before revising several reflections for tomorrow's feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. 

The Feast of Saint Paulinus of Nola is commmorated today. Here is but a brief quote from Saint Paulinus on why God has so arranged things as to make some dependent upon others:

"God almighty could have made all men equally rich in worldly goods from the very first day of  birth, so rich that no one would be dependent upon another.  But He did not do it in order to test the hearts of men.  He created the poor to make merciful, He created the helpless to put the powerful on trial." (Saint Paulinus of Nola.) 

Check back early this evening for today's reflection. 

Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, pray for us.

Sant Paulinus of Nola, pray for us.

Saint Aloysius, Please Help Us To Be As Pure and Innocent As Thee

Today's revised article is but a brief reflection on the short but extraordinary life of sanctity lived by Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, a great lover of the Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in His Real Presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament and of Our Lady. Saint Aloysius was intensely united to the sufferings that Our Lord endured in His Passion and Death, offering up his own sufferings prior to death, sufferings that he contracted as a result of helping a man with the plague in Rome, in union with that of Our Lord's own Passion and Death.

Saint Aloysius was also devoted to the angels, which makes sense as he had an angelic purity of his own. We need to invoke his holy intercession to help us to have as a pure a heart as he did as we attempt to make reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary for our own sins, especially any and all against Holy Purity. As it was at Saint Aloysius School in Great Neck, New York, where I learned the truths of the Catholic Faith as they were taught with clarity by the Reverend Sisters of Mercy (and one lay teacher, Miss Greta McCarthy, a young Irish immigrant who knew the Holy Faith very well, who became Mrs. Greta Foley after the end of the 1961-1962 school year; she died in 2012), I owe Saint Aloysius so very much. I have been devoted to him from the time that I entered Kindergarten in September of 1956.

An original article was supposed to be published today. Alas, we had plumbing problems inside of the house yesterday that were most unexpected, and those problems arose ust a few hours before our 2008 minivan's radiator decided to cause a few problems of its own. We thank Our Lord for our crosses each of which has been perfectly fashioned for us by his loving hand from all eternity for His greater honor and glory as His consecrated slaves through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.

It would be helpful for those who are able to make a non-tax-deductible financial gift at this time to do so. Thank you.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, pray for us.

Jorge and The Ba'al Bunch of Idolaters

Although there was a very good post at Novus Ordo Watch Wire about a pan-religious project known as "The Elijah Initiative," I did think it useful to provide my own brief commentary on the subject. A bit of mockery is used in this commentary to mock the mockers of the Holy Faith. (The commentary has been renamed.)

Finally, a brief request for non-tax-deductible donations was posted on Satuday. The need is urgent for such donations from those who support the work of this site and have the financial wherewithal to do so, noting that this appeal exempts those who have given this month as there is enough of a readership, albeit admittedly small, to make such appeals unnecessary if more readers would make regular non-tax-deuctible financial gifts.

Thank you.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Saint Juliana Falconieri, pray for us.

Saints Gervase and Protase, pray for us

 

Overthrow the Social Reign of Christ the King, Live In A World Awash In Hatred and Blood, part two

Once again, a delay in posting new articles means nothing other than the next original article is a work-in-progress. This is especially the case when a great deal of transcription is necessary,

The concluding part of this two-part series contrasts the zeal of King Saint Ferdinand III of Castile and Leon for the cause of Christ the King and His Most Blessed Mother with the zeal of naturalists for their own self-interests.

Finally, time does not permit the updating of the donations page (I can't even remember when I updated it last). However, there is a need for non-tax-deductible financial gifts at this time. Eighty percent of one such gift a few days ago went to pay bills, and there are more bills to be paid in the coming week. Thanks in advance for your generosity and support.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

King Saint Ferdinand III, pray for us.

Overthrow the Social Reign of Christ the King, Live In A World Awash In Hatred and Blood, part one

This is a a brief commentary on the shooting of the Majority Whip of the United States House of Representatives, Steven Scalise (R-Louisiana), a Catholic, and four other people (a Congressional aide, two Capitol Police officers, a lobyist for Tyson Foods) by a "Bernie Bro" by the name of James Hodgkinson.

A world that know not is true King will be awash in hatred of Him and thus of His rational creatures for whose salvation He shed every single drop of His Most Precious Blood to redeem during His Passion and Death on the wood of the Holy Cross on Good Friay. 

With prayers for the recovery of Representative Scalise and the others who were wounded, may be never cease in our efforts to make reparation for our own sins and those of the world by offering up everything all of our prayers, works and sufferings to the Throne of the Most Blessed Trinity as the consecrated slaves of Christ the King through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, making sure to pray as many Rosaries each day as our state-in-life permits.

Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, pray for us.

Saints Vitus, Crescentia and Modestus, pray for us.

All Adoration, Praise and Thanksgiving Be Given to Our Eucharistic King

Today is the great Feast of Corpus Christi. This article, written a long time ago now and slightly revised over the years, is an exhortation to the readers of this site to spend more and more time in adoration before Our Beloved before His Real Presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament if this is at all possible in your area.

Adoration is the first end of prayer, including the perfect prayer that is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in which Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ becomes Incarnate under the appearances of bread and wine when a men man, uttering mere words over the elements of the earth, calls Him down from Heaven. We must adore God with our whole mind, soul, heart, body and strength. To spend time before the Most Blessed Sacrament in prayer is a foretaste of Heavenly glories. Our goal in life is to behold the glory of the Beatific Vision of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost for all eternity in the company of Our Lady, Saint Joseph, our Guardian Angels (each of whom beholds the Beatific Vision as he tries to guide us home to Heaven!), our patron saints and all of the members of the Church Triumph, whose ranks we hope and pray will include our dearest and nearest relatives and friends. We must make time for the foretaste of Heavenly glories by means of profound Eucharistic Adoration in this life is we want to enjoy the glories of Heaven itself for all eternity.

There are infused graces that are flooded into the souls of those who spend time in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, those souls who are conscious of the need to make reparation for their sins as they give thanksgiving to God for all of the favors, both spiritual and temporal, they have received and who recognize the need to petition God for the favors we need, both spiritual temporal, starting with an earnest petition each day that we be given the grace to have a holy and sacramentally-provided-for death. Our Lord stands ready to send us this infusion of graces through the loving hands of His Most Blessed Mother, who is mystically with us when we pray before her Divine Son’s Real Presence. All we need to do is to arrange our lives in such a way as to make time for prayer before Our Eucharistic King and Lord.

We must, of course, be conscious of our need to get to the Sacrament of Penance on a weekly basis, if possible, of course,in order that our reception of Our Lord’s Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in Holy Communion will be worthy and fervent. The frequent, devout and worthy reception of Our Lord in Holy Communion gives strength even to those souls who have been steeped in one sin after another, those souls who have perhaps surrendered all too readily to the devil’s attacks upon them over the years:

And then come, and accuse me, saith the Lord: if your sins be as scarlet, they shall be made as white as snow: and if they be red as crimson, they shall be white as wool. If you be willing, and will hearken to me, you shall eat the good things of the land. (Isaias 1: 18-19.)

We must ask Our Lady on this great feast day of Corpus Christi, which, of course, is celebrated as an Octave in those chapels that use the Missal of Saint Pius V before it was “reformed” by the revolutionary efforts of Annibale Bugnini and Ferdinando Antonelli in the 1950s, to help give us more and more graces to recognize the Most Sacred Heart of her Divine Son, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, beats for with great love in the Most Blessed Sacrament.

We must ask Our Lady to help us approach the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through her own Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart with such fervor and devotion that we will consider it as a great loss if ever there is a day we are unable to get a true offering of Holy Mass and unable to spend at least some time with her Divine Son, Who is the Prisoner of Love in tabernacles today just as He was the Prisoner of her Virginal and Immaculate Womb from the time of His Incarnation to the day of His Nativity.

Today should be devoted entirely to gratitude to Eucharistic King for the great gift of Himself in Holy Communion and our ability worship Him in His Real Presence even though He sitteth at the right hand of God the Father in Heaven. What a mystery of love. Words fail.

A blessed Feast of Corpus Christi to you all!

The next original article on this site, which is a commentary on yesterday’s tragic shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, should be posted within the hour.

Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, pray for us.

Saints Vitus, Crescentia and Modestus (whose feast is suppressed today), pray for us. 

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