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Prayers of the Faithful – Christ the King – Sun 21 Nov

Introduction:

The Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, brings the Church’s year to a close, and calls us to celebrate again Jesus’s victory over suffering and death.

As servants, we offer all that we are, and invite him to reign within our hearts, so that we can play our part in bringing God’s truth, love, justice and peace to the world.

This week, we ask God for the grace to open our hearts and minds to the needs of those who do not yet know his voice. We pray that by the service of our lives we will draw others to his loving embrace.

Prayers of the Faithful:

Celebrant:   Dear friends, by his dying and rising Jesus has made us a priestly people. In union with him let us pray for the life of the world.

Lector:   We pray for Pope Francis and all the bishops of the church, that they will boldly proclaim the truth that sets us free.

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Lector:   We pray for all who risk their lives giving faithful witness to Jesus, that they will stay strong and steadfast in their convictions.

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Lector:   We pray for the whole human family, that all will unite in bringing to birth a new world order of love, goodness and truth.

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Lector:   We pray for women everywhere, that this week’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on the 25th of November, will help make the world a safer place for them.

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Celebrant:   We pray for the ancestors of the Wurundjeri people on whose land we stand, and in this month of November for all our loved ones who have died, as well as for the recently deceased; Angie Juwita, Amelita Santos and Victor Galea, and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time especially Bernard Evans, Connie and Noel Grasso, D’amico Family, Michael Papavero, Don Campbell, Eileen Grichting, Vasalliki Hili, Manika Hooley, Emy Saffarese, Natu Portelli, Jeff Ruthvern, Ron and Kris Gamble and all those in our Mass Intentions today, that they join Jesus, the First-born from the dead, in the glory of heaven.

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Celebrant:    Holy God and Father of Jesus, you Son has washed away our sins with his blood. Keep us true to his name. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

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Introduction:

As the Church’s year draws to a close, the readings this Sunday speak both of endings and eternal beginnings. All of them offer hope and direction to communities living in the midst of turbulent change and uncertainty.

This week, let us pray for each other, that we will forever keep the Lord in our sight. May we be living signs of Christ’s love and forgiveness in our world, and may we face these challenging times with confidence.

Prayers of the Faithful:

Celebrant:   Dear friends, as we await the coming of the Son of Man, let us pray in peace for the whole of creation.

Lector:   We pray for world leaders, that they will press ahead with the changes necessary to bring global warming under control.

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Lector:   We pray for children around the world, that they may celebrate this week’s Universal Children’s Day (20 November) in freedom, safety and peace.

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Lector:   We pray for parish communities challenged by the shortage of priests, that the gifts of the baptised faithful may be identified and made best use of.

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Celebrant:   We pray for the ancestors of the Wurundjeri people on whose land we stand, and in this month of November for all our loved ones who have died, as well as for the recently deceased; Norma Revell, Laurie Sammut and Amelita Santos, and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time especially Bill Dooley, Nicola Carmela Golia, Michele Golia, Nuzio Carmela Stefanelli, Rosa Pozzuto, Samuele Stefanelli, Guiseppe Bertino, Nonna Asscenito, Nonno Garofalo, Nonno Rosario, Mario Stefanelli Amen, Salvatore, Carmela, Charlie, Romeo and Stella Caruana, Concetta Del Grosso, Alexsandra Ginino, Joseph Ciappara, Carmen Cutajar, Catherine Schembri, Mia Valletta, Emy Saffarese, Natu Portelli, Jeff Ruthvern, Ron and Kris Gamble and all those in our Mass Intentions today, that they will enjoy happiness at God’s right hand for ever.

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Celebrant:    God of heaven and earth, you made all things to share in your everlasting glory. Keep us safe in your life-giving love. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

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Introduction:

Our readings this week explore the concepts of generosity, humility and self-giving. With the help of the Holy Spirit, they encourage us to live our lives as generously as Jesus did.

Let us pray this week to the Lord who supports the vulnerable and poor for the grace to be his instruments on earth. We ask for his help to show our care for the outcasts and marginalised of our own day through our loving actions.

Prayers of the Faithful:

Celebrant:   Dear friends, Jesus became poor for our sake that we might be rich in his love. In the spirit of that love let us pray for the world and all who live in it.

Lector:   We pray for the whole of creation, that world leaders at the Glasgow climate summit will commit to the actions needed to limit global warming.

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Lector:   We pray for local churches around the world, that they will welcome Pope Francis’ call to participate in preparations for the Roman synod on synodality.

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Lector:   We pray for secondary and tertiary students engaged in final exams, that their disrupted studies will not deny them the achievement they hope for.

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Lector:   We pray for our parish community, that the poor and vulnerable in our midst will be welcomed, respected and supported.

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Celebrant:   We pray for the ancestors of the Wurundjeri people on whose land we stand, and in this month of November for all our loved ones who have died, as well as for the recently deceased; Norma Revell and Maria Zammit, and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time especially Bonifacio Mendoza, Carmen and Joe Camilleri, Mary, Charlie and Joseph Xerri, Angela and Salvatore Sacco, Carmen and Felix Tabone, Roberto Maniquis, Emy Saffarese, Natu Portelli, Jeff Ruthvern, Ron and Kris Gamble and all those in our Mass Intentions today, that they will be blessed with the everlasting peace of God.

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Celebrant:    Gracious God, your Son emptied himself that we might be filled with life. Grant us the courage to give freely of ourselves in love. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

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Introduction

Our readings this week remind us that the love of God and of our neighbour is the foundation and the rock of our faith and life.

The text from Deuteronomy (First Reading) is the famous Shema Yisrael prayer, beloved by Judaism and used every morning and evening. Israel keeps the law of God because she loves God with her whole soul.

In the Gospel, Jesus uses the same text to answer the scribe’s question as to which is the greatest commandment. However, Jesus takes it further by adding a second commandment, to love one’s neighbour. These two commandments are inseparable.

Prayers of the Faithful

Celebrant:   Dear friends, the call of Jesus is to whole-hearted and all-embracing love. In answer to his call, let us offer loving prayer for all that God has made.

Lector:   We pray for Pope Francis, that his prophetic appeals for a new human solidarity and for loving care of the earth will be heeded.

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Lector:   We pray for impoverished nations with weak health systems, that they will be given a just share of the vaccines and resources they need to deal with COVID-19.

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Lector:   We pray for parish communities facing an uncertain future, that the challenge of change will draw them together and bring forth the gifts of the Spirit.

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Lector:   We give thanks for all whose holy lives have inspired our faith, and pray that the feast of All Saints will deepen our communion with them.

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Celebrant:   We pray for the ancestors of the Wurundjeri people on whose land we stand, and in this month of November for all our loved ones who have died, as well as for the recently deceased; Frank Costa, Danilo Caparas and Mary Bridget, and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time especially Joseph Debrincat, Lourdes Grech, Rita Hili, Cecilio, Antonia, Florentino, Isabela and Jose Bazar, Evelyn Fonbuena, Anthony, Vincent and Emmanuella Vella, Josephine and George Curmi, Emy Saffarese, Natu Portelli, Jeff Ruthvern, Ron and Kris Gamble and all those in our Mass Intentions today. May they join the company of saints and praise God for ever.

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Celebrant:    God of all creation, you made everything in boundless love. Free our hearts to love as Jesus loved. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

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Introduction:

As is customary for the Church on this World Mission Sunday, we are invited to celebrate our Missionary identity as baptised.  We Paulist Missionaries celebrate this Mission Sunday as one of our seven MSSP Feasts during the year.  We are reminded that a faith that is not shared is neither authentic nor life giving.

The question Jesus puts to Bartimaeus – ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ – repeats that put to James and John in last Sunday’s Gospel.

The replies stand in stark contrast. The two apostles ask for power and glory, the blind beggar asks to see again. What follows is equally contrasting. The Twelve descend into argument while Bartimaeus chooses to follow Jesus on the arduous ascent from Jericho to Jerusalem – a difficult journey that reflects the demands of discipleship.

The deliberations of the Plenary Council suggest that the Australian church is being challenged to identify itself with Bartimaeus rather than the sons of Zebedee. With him it must relinquish the cloak of security and ask to see again.

Prayers of the Faithful:

Celebrant:   Dear friends, courage and faith brought sight back to Bartimaeus. With his determined conviction let us pray for the healing of our world.

Lector:   For church communities around the world, that on this Mission Sunday they will heed Pope Francis’ call to take the Gospel to the margins of society.

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Lector:   For disadvantaged countries and communities, that they will be given a just share of vaccines and resources to deal with the COVID pandemic.

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Lector:   For the Catholic Church in Australia, that the next phase of the Plenary Council process will be inclusive, transforming and Spirit-led.

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Lector:   For the MSSP and all Paulist Lay Missioaries, that they be compelled to speak about God’s Kingdom through word and action.

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Celebrant:   We pray for the ancestors of the Wurundjeri people on whose land we stand, for all our loved ones who have died, as well as for the recently deceased; Dario Krpan, Cecilia Mendonca and Danilo Magtulis, and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time especially Roy Melder, Maria Cozzi, George Atton, Peggy Dooley, Pio Manalo, Fr Edliberto Dela Pena, O Carm., Leonila Raguine, Fred Martinez, Mike Lester Ching, Emy Saffarese, Natu Portelli, Jeff Ruthvern, Ron and Kris Gamble and all those in our Mass Intentions today, that they will see God face to face and live with joy for ever.

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Celebrant:    Saving God, you have revealed yourself to us in Christ. Open our eyes to see him in the face of the widow, the orphan and the stranger. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

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Introduction

This Sunday, following the predictions Jesus gave of his suffering and death, we contemplate our Saviour and the implications for us, his followers.

In the Gospel, James and John hope for privileged places in the kingdom, but learn that they, like Jesus, must go through suffering and death. They are asked to serve, not to dominate.

Prayers of the Faithful

Celebrant:   Dear friends, Jesus spent his life among us in the service of all. In that spirit let us pray for the needs of the whole human family.

Lector:   For public health workers engaging with culturally diverse communities, that they will help them respond effectively to the COVID challenge.

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Lector:   For young people struggling with mental health issues, that they will find the personal companionship and professional help they need.

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Lector:   For all who were born or have become deaf, that they will be enabled to flourish and participate fully in the life of the community.

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Lector:   For refugees and asylum seekers in Australia who see violence and injustice consuming their homelands, that their pain will be eased by local networks of support.

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Celebrant:   We pray for the ancestors of the Wurundjeri people on whose land we stand, for all our loved ones who have died, as well as for the recently deceased; Theodora Pornillosa Lusterio, Marica Bendekovic and Marie Hudson, and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time especially Giovanni Rovetto, Magdalena Kozak, Josephine and Vincent Attard, Louis, Grace, Carmen and Mary Spiteri, Mario Barbara, Rita Farrugia, Madeline Azzopardi, Jonathan Gauci, Leonardo and McLeo Yotoko, Emy Saffarese, Natu Portelli, Jeff Ruthvern, Ron and Kris Gamble and all those in our Mass Intentions today, that they will enjoy the eternal life won for them by the Son of Man.

                            (pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Celebrant:    God of all goodness, your Son emptied himself of glory to be servant of all. Keep us true to his name. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

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Introduction:

The readings this week give us an opportunity to step back from the busy-ness of our everyday lives to consider more deeply the riches we have been given, and what it is we truly value.

Whether it’s fair to him or not, the poet T. S. Eliot is often quoted nowadays for writing: ‘We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.’

His words reflect our calling as the pilgrim people of God. With the first meeting of the Plenary Council coming to a close, a new phase of our wayfaring begins, not just here in Australia, but globally.

Today Pope Francis officially launches a church-wide journey of synodality towards the synod of 2023. It’s a summons to travel light, as the Gospel tells, and with Mary’s faith that ‘everything is possible to God.’

Prayers of the Faithful:

Celebrant:   Dear friends, Jesus calls us to put God’s loving plan for the world first in our lives. Heeding his word, let us pray for all in need.

Lector:   We pray for a new global ethic, that the wealthy nations of the world will share their resources freely with those burdened by poverty and adversity.

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Lector:   We pray for a deeper spirit of solidarity within Australia and with countries under-resourced for the pandemic, that this common threat will unite and not divide us.

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Lector:   We pray for the Catholic community in Australia, that the deliberations of the Plenary Council will bear a rich harvest of renewal and revitalisation.

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Lector:   We pray for all carers, especially those in the disability sector, that they will be loving, faithful and well supported in their service.

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Celebrant:   We pray for the ancestors of the Wurundjeri people on whose land we stand, for all our loved ones who have died, as well as for the recently deceased; Dcn Charles English, Antonio Ferlaino, Victor Micallef, Joe Cole and Craig Gration and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time especially Zoltan Sarvary, Susan Vida, Danny Hughs, Esmeralda D’Monte, Teresa Marie Rawlins, Tuiatua Silipa Mase, Angelo Mejlak, Emy Saffarese, Natu Portelli, Jeff Ruthvern, Ron and Kris Gamble and all those in our Mass Intentions today, that they will enjoy to the full the blessings of eternal life.

                            (pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Celebrant:    Mighty God, you fill the hungry with good things and send the rich away empty. Help us live with Mary’s faith in your goodness. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

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Introduction:

The scriptures this Sunday teach us about the importance and centrality of loving relationships to the expression of our faith. This week the Fifth Plenary Council of the Australian Church gets under way.

We pray that the Holy Spirit, will enlighten the minds, inflame the hearts and guide the desires of all who are taking part.

Prayers of the Faithful:

Celebrant: Dear friends, by his saving death Jesus has laid open the gates of glory. Following him in faith, let us pray for all our sisters and brothers.

Lector: We pray for Pope Francis, that his vision of a thoroughly synodal church will come to fulfilment in every land.

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Lector: We pray for the Catholic community in Australia, that the Plenary Council will sow seeds of renewal, reform and revitalisation in every parish and diocese.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Lector: We pray for married couples, that the covenant of love they have made with each other will be life-long and life-giving.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Lector: We pray for one another, that we will have the grace to welcome the kingdom of God as little children.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Celebrant: We pray for the ancestors of the Wurundjeri people on whose land we stand, for all our loved ones who have died, as well as for the recently deceased; Victor Micallef, Joe Cole, Leonie Howsely, Arturo S. Ucat, Dcn Charles English and Julie Grant and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time especially Francis Bezzina, Joseph Patrick Cini, Tony Pinto, Leonor Dela Pena, Philip Manon, Laval Pottier, Yvan Florent, Jose Austria, Frank and Margaret Camilleri, Froilan Santos, Stella Nathan, Roberto Maniquis, Mary, Charlie and Joseph Xerri, Angela and Salvatore Sacco, Carmen and Felix Tabone, Carmen and Joe Camilleri, Emy Saffarese, Natu Portelli, Jeff Ruthvern, Ron and Kris Gamble and all those in our Mass Intentions today, that they will share to the full in the glory of Christ.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Celebrant: God of wisdom, you made all things in love. Help us to cherish creation and to love each other with all our strength. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

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Introduction:

Pope Francis’ Message for the 107th World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2021 is that we ought to work ‘Towards an ever wider “WE”’.

When the men and women of nations feel under threat from forces that seem beyond their control – pandemic, climate change, global economy, terrorism – it is easy to see why they retreat into a stance that is closed and defensive, and which excludes others that makes people self-centred. Yet Jesus has shown us another way; the only way. It is a way that leads us towards an ever wider “we” by helping us see our world and its peoples as God sees us all and loves us all. It is a way that empowers us to reach out and, in the words spoken by Pope Francis in the empty St Peter’s Square all those months ago, “to create spaces where everyone can recognise that they are called, and to allow new forms of hospitality, fraternity and solidarity”.

Prayers of the Faithful:

Celebrant: Dear friends, gathered together in the Spirit of Jesus, let us pray for a new heaven and a new earth.

Lector: For our Church. Inspired by Pope Francis, may we be faithful to the catholic and inclusive vision of God’s diverse family. Let us pray together in hope.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Lector: For the leaders of our world. May they widen their tents to embrace all who are suffering, and all who seek a safe place of shelter.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Lector: For those who live on the peripheries of our societies. May we become real friends with our neighbours and mutually share our gifts with each other.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Lector: For our local communities. May we discover an ever-wider ‘we’, as we think no longer in terms of ‘them’ and ‘those’, but only ‘us’.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Lector: For the lost or excluded, the rejected or discarded. May they know the Good News of Jesus Christ through our efforts to encounter each other and to build communion in diversity.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Lector: We pray for all participants in the upcoming Plenary Council, that they will have the freedom to listen faithfully and speak out boldly.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Celebrant: We pray for the ancestors of the Wurundjeri people on whose land we stand, for all our loved ones who have died, especially while in transit or living far from their loved ones, as well as for the recently deceased; Rudylyn Jimena, Romualdo Macuto and Nazzarene Portelli and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time especially Joseph Thompson Snr, Fred de Guzman, Corazon Paredes, Vince Pinto, Ronald Vincent Rawlins, Edgardo Quizon, Herman Dellemyn, Marie Therese Ngongah, Emy Saffarese, Natu Portelli, Jeff Ruthvern, Ron and Kris Gamble and all those in our Mass Intentions today. May they enter the new Jerusalem where all peoples are united in peace and harmony.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Celebrant: God of mercy and power, you cast down the proud and raise up the lowly. Give us the freedom to follow your Son. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

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Introduction:

This weekend, the Catholic Church in Australia marks Safeguarding Sunday, on which we pray for those who have been abused, their families and supporters. We recommit to practices that support survivors and make the Catholic Church and its ministries the safest possible place for children and people at risk.

This Sunday we contemplate Jesus, who is, as Peter declares, the Christ, the anointed one of God. Our readings help us to understand the journey Jesus takes to show his love for us.

Prayers of the Faithful:

Celebrant: Dear friends, Jesus dares us to let go of our lives in order to save them. Let us give ourselves in prayer to the needs of the world.

Lector: We pray for Church leaders, especially Pope Francis, Bishop Peter Comensoli, Leaders of Religious Congregations, lay leaders of Church organisations and all entrusted with ministry and pastoral care in the Church: that they will continue to help build stronger faith communities that will promote the safety of children and adults at risk.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Lector: We pray for leaders responsible for COVID decision-making, that they will exercise their authority with wisdom, courage and clarity, and always for the common good.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Lector: We pray for the participants in next month’s Plenary Council, that they will speak out in the Spirit, listen with freedom of heart, and discern what God is asking of the church in Australia.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Lector: We pray for the residents and staff of aged care facilities, that they will be assured of conditions that foster safety, respect for human dignity, and positive well-being.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Lector: We pray for all the candidates that are completing the Alpha Pilot Program which has its last session on Monday. We ask for your Holy Spirit to be with them as they continue their faith journey and become active participants in building your kingdom especially at St James.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Celebrant: We pray for the ancestors of the Wurundjeri people on whose land we stand, for all our loved ones who have died, as well as for the recently deceased; Paul Spiteri and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time especially Nelson Tana, Andrew Prowd, Pocholo Viray, Anna and Jan Kotula, Marie Therese Ngongah, Emy Saffarese, Natu Portelli, Jeff Ruthvern, Ron and Kris Gamble and all those in our Mass Intentions today, that they will be led to the glory of the Risen Lord.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Celebrant: Faithful God, you raised your servant-Son from cross to glory. Help us follow him with all our hearts. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

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