Spiritual Warfare and Turning up the Heat via @AkFrailey

27 August 2014

posted at A.K.Frailey’s blog,
The Writings of A. K. Frailey

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heaven-and-hell1) Yeah, I’m one of those. I actually believe that there is such a thing as spiritual warfare. When I look at what is happening in Iraq – I wonder – does anyone still have any doubt? In my world, I fight wars with prayer. Many people see prayers as nothing more than empty words. After all, words can’t stop evil. Or can they? I am humbled by the words of such people as Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Maximilian Kolbe, Abraham Lincoln, and a host of other notables who faced and conquered great evil. Their words reflected their hearts which directed their lives. The fruit of their lives fed millions.

2) So back to this spiritual warfare thing. What is it? Well, spiritual warfare involves the forces opposing the grace of God and it comes in a variety of forms. It comes down to despair vs hope. The ultimate battle is over souls and the battlefield is in living-rooms and bedrooms, in the corners of our minds, and in the media. The question is – who is pushing us toward despair and who draws us toward hope? It’s best to pick our friends carefully in this battle.

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A.-K.-FraileyAnn Frailey of rural Fillmore, Illinois, published her first book entitled “The Road Goes Ever On A Christian Journey Through The Lord of the Rings” under the name A. K. Frailey in 2011. It is a reflection on the characteristics of the heroes and villains in the Tolkien classic and investigates the sources and influences of virtue and vice in our own modern world.

ARAM, book one of The Deliverance Trilogy, her first fictional work, is an adventure, romance, and mystery all rolled into one with characters who struggle to survive in a hostile world while encountering evil from within and without. Three clans meet, clash, and battle out their differences before they come to know that they share a hidden past. ARAM won runner – up in the 2011 Indie Publishing Contest and the CWG Seal of Approval.

Ishtar’s Redemption – Trial by Fire, the second book in The Deliverance Trilogy is the sequel to ARAM. Ishtar’s Redemption continues the story of the three clans introduced in ARAM and introduces new characters in the persons of Ishtar’s two sons, Ammee and Amil, and three new clans who come to aid those most in need. Sorcery, dangerous raids, and heroic rescues make Ishtar’s Redemption a story to remember. Ishtar’s Redemption won finalist in the 2013 Tuscany Press Writing Contest and the CWG Seal of Approval.

Neb the Great – Shadows of the Past, the third book in The Deliverance Trilogy, was published in August 2013. For the sake of his son, Ishtar retells the compelling history of Neb the Great. From there Ishtar and his son must decide how they will face the future. Eoban and Obed must over come their misunderstandings and face new challenges which burst upon them unexpectedly. Neb the Great won Honorable Mention in the 2014 Hollywood Book Festival for genre fiction and is under review for the CWG Seal of Approval.

Ann has had articles published in the New Oxford Review and the Latin Mass. She won runner-up in fiction for ARAM in the 2011 Indie Publishing Contest. The Road Goes Ever On, ARAM, and Ishtar’s Redemption have all won the Catholic Writer’s Guild Seal of Approval. All four of her books are available as e-books and paperbacks through AMAZON Books.

Ann has a B. S. in Elementary Education. She was married to John Frailey who was also an educator for many years, but passed away in December 2013 due to cancer complications. She has eight children and she home educates them while maintaining a rural home – including chickens, bees, cats and dogs living at their ease, apparently in early retirement.
Ann devotes her time to writing books that align Christian thought with the lived adventure of becoming who we are called to be. She loves her various roles as mother, educator, and author and enjoys spending her time with her family and friends in rural Illinois.

Ann’s future fictional works will reflect on the journey-quest of humanity from our ancient past into the far flung future. Her next book, Georgios, is due out in the fall of 2014. Visit her website www.akfrailey.com often for her newest blog, updates on her writings, book signings, and public speaking events.


24 August 2014

Posted by Deborah Tedeschi at her blog, We Are The Salt

JackiemantillaI’ve been tossing around the idea for quite some time now.
A veil/mantilla is so lovely and reverent, I wish we never stopped wearing them. When I was a little girl sometimes my grandmother used to “bobby pin” a tissue to my head, or a scrap of lace. Even then (circa 1968-69) veils were phasing out.

This is a post from approximately a year ago but we thought it important since we just published the video “The Chapel Veil”. We would love to hear your comments. We ask you to click HERE to go to Deborah’s blog and read the rest of the post and then tell us what you think. Thanks, Sofia

Calling All Catholic Women: A Video Which Explains Why Some of Us Veil

23 August 2014

Perusing the blogoshpere today I ran across this at Father Z’s Blog:

Posted on 23 August 2014 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

A nice young lady sent me a note and link to a video.

“Dear Fr. Z,

I am entering my sophomore year at Christendom College, and I recently made an 8 minute video on the chapel veil to explain why women wear it and to encourage women to wear it. I think you would appreciate the content and the quality. If you like it, perhaps you can share it with the women who read your blog.”

If you can, I would appreciate any feedback.

I can pretty much guarantee some feedback. (Father’s response, my emphasis.)

Sarah Campbell with Father Robert Pasley (Rector of Mater Ecclesiae RC Church Berlin NJ on her Confirmation Day

Sarah Campbell with Father Robert Pasley (Rector of Mater Ecclesiae RC Church Berlin NJ on Confirmation Day

Ironically while I was on Twitter last night (trying to dull my senses to go to sleep I guess) I came across a conversation about veiling. The woman who was in the middle of the conversation wanted to wear a veil but was worried that it would put focus on her (OF Mass- no other females wearing veils) and would cause a problem. Since I “veil” I thought I would put in my 2 cents. Something kept me from jumping into the discussion and now I know it was the Holy Spirit.

Providentially, the answer was posted on FatherZ’s blog of course, and I am now posting it and sending it on to the woman on Twitter. There are several women interviewed and the issue of drawing attention to oneself is addressed…beautifully.

The quality of the video is excellent and those interviewed are a cross-section of women. (so it’s just not the EF women as most will argue is the reason the women have the veils on…ugh)

If you go to Father’s blog (HERE) you will see in the combox (you must register to comment like AlwaysCatholic) that there a couple of naysayers. Of course, the female naysayer is cranky and illogical per usual, but it appears she attends the EF. As I sat reading her ridiculous comment I could only shake my head. Im praying for her because I do not care if she attends the EF she sounds like a progressive from Madison, WI…and that AIN’T Good.
Father Zuhlsdorf gives gentle correction with his red pen and I’m sure she’s not too happy with that. (He was correct, however) Prayers for Cranky Non-Veiler please!

“Amazing Things Happening in Madison, Wisconsin”

22 August 2014

posted by Ben Yanke at the blog,
New Liturgical Movement

I try not to be focused too much on my own diocese and parish when I post on NLM, but this post, I’m going to depart from that. I firmly believe that my bishop, Bishop Robert Morlino, is one of the best in the country. As “exhibit A” of this statement, I want to tell you about the recent seminarian gathering that took place.

seminarians madisonOnce a year, the 35 or so seminarians of the diocese gather for over a week to spend time together socializing with each other and with the bishop, learning, and praying together, before heading their separate ways for school. One of the things that is always included is a celebration (or more) in the Extraordinary Form (EF), thanks to Bishop Morlino’s love of the old form, and desire to see it spread. Last year, the low Mass was followed by a talk by our Bishop to the seminarians, where he told them they would all learn the EF before being ordained,which is absolutely fantastic.

While I am not a seminarian myself, I am often around assisting in various capacities (last year, I was MC for this Mass, this year, I sang for the Mass). Yesterday, there was a Solemn Mass celebrated for them, and all the seminarians either served or sat in choir, which allowed them to experience this different, less common form of celebration. It was an absolutely beautiful experience seeing all of them worshiping God, and also being exposed to some of the rich liturgical traditions of our Catholic faith.

lowmassThe liturgical (and I dare say, pastoral) outlook of these wonderful men makes me thrilled for the future of the church and particularly the Diocese of Madison. I think I can safely say they are receiving some of the best formation in the country. I know in my diocese, knowing most of these awesome men personally, the Diocese of Madison will be a truly amazing place in 20 years when the are pastors, working for the salvation of souls and restoration of sanity and beauty in the liturgy. I hope and pray that more dioceses follow in our footsteps and help future priests learn an appreciation for both forms of the Roman Rite. In addition to that, he has frequently celebrated his public feast day Masses in the EF (for example, and another one), in an effort to expose more people to it as well. And currently, he has been celebrating a pontifical Mass at the throne multiple times a year, with hopes to continue the pattern.

And while I’m sure many of you who read NLM are people who love the EF, he has not neglected to being sanity and beauty to the ordinary form as well. The diocese has sponsored workshops on gregorian chant for musicians, strong homilies on the truths of the faith, beautiful examples of vestments even in the ordinary form both on special occasions and typical Sundays, and as someone who sees musicam saram as important, he very frequently chants his prayers and dialogs.

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benyanke-com-website-sidebarBen Yanke is a catholic college freshman who was homeschooled K-12, loves his big family, but most of all, HE’S CATHOLIC!

From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary was started as a place to post my thoughts on things I enjoy and care about, anything from the ordinary and mundane things of everyday life to the extraordinary exciting things. Some of my passions include cross country running, sacred music, the liturgy, web design, media production.

I am in residence in the Diocese of Madison, WI, under the care of the Extraordinary Ordinary™, Bishop Robert Morlino.

I am a board member for the Tridentine Mass Society of the Madison, and is also the director for their Schola Cantorum. If you are in the Madison area and interested in joining us or learning Gregorian chant, please contact me!

Please visit Ben’s Blog “From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary”

@GarySinise : “My Life is Better Because I Became Catholic.”

18 August 2014

We are big fans here at AlwaysCatholic.com of Gary Sinise. After watching this video and reading this post you will know why. We are proud to say that with over 445,000 followers on Twitter and following only 1100, @AlwaysCatholic is one of the 1,100.
We never quite understood why but after reading about his Catholic Faith, we understand and are grateful he follows us.

Published on You Tube at CatholicTV
Aug 7, 2014

Gary Sinise speaks about his Catholic faith and his foundation to care for our wounded warriors with Father Robert Reed and Kevin Nelson at the 2014 Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention.


Published at Aleteia
by Susan E. Wills

Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise – actor, director, bass player, patriot, philanthropist and convert to Catholicism – was a surprise guest at the Knights of Columbus’ annual convention in Orlando earlier this month.

The person who was most surprised about being there may have been Gary Sinise himself. He confessed that “he and his family weren’t part of any religion” until his wife returned to her mother’s abandoned Catholic roots in 2000 and he subsequently slow-walked his way to Confirmation in 2010.

He recounted his initial shock and eventual support of his wife’s decision in an interview several years ago. He’d been filming in North Carolina when his wife, Moira, and three kids came for a visit, at the same time a hurricane was heading ashore. Figuring that flights would be grounded, he rented a car and drove them toward Charlotte through gale force winds, pounding rain and all-to-close lightning strikes. At one point Moira turned to him and announced that when she returned to Chicago, she was going back to the Catholic Church and the kids were going to attend Catholic schools. He was stunned and none too happy about the decision. The only knowledge he had of Catholic schools were the awful stories two friends had told him, friends who were also “guilt-ridden.” So he said something like “No! Are you crazy?”

But Moira did as she planned, enrolling in RCIA and enrolling the children in Catholic school. Two years later, at the Easter Vigil, she entered the Church. In the meantime, the school turned out to be the opposite of what he expected. He discovered that it was a great environment and became a big supporter. It was another 10 years before he crossed the Tiber, but it was 10 years filled with charitable activities.

Shortly after 9/11, he was “invited as a celebrity” to entertain the first responders and that led to his learning about heroes like Father Mychal Judge, a chaplain for the NY Fire Department who died while aiding victims of the attacks on the Twin Towers.

In 2003, Sinise co-founded “Operation Iraqi Children,” which over nine years supported the great work of American troops by gathering and donating supply school supplies and clothing to the children whose schools had been rebuilt by the troops. Donations included 358,763 School Supply Kits, thousands of boxes of stuffed animals, shoes and sports equipment, hundreds of boxes of shoes, clothes, supplies, food and hygiene items and toys.

It was during the 50 USO tours and 119 USO concerts for troops performed by Sinise’s band, the Lt.Dan Band, that he became passionate about helping America’s wounded veterans. His foundation embarked on the Restoring Independence and Supporting Empowerment (RISE) program. The goal is to build “smart homes” for the service members who were most seriously wounded.

In partnership with the Knights of Columbus, a former Army infantryman who lost both legs and one arm in a roadside explosion in Afghanistan, was able to move into a new high-tech home with his wife.

Sinise expressed gratitude for the Knights’ collaboration and for their years of “incredibly generous and voluminous charitable work and mission.”

Thank you to Aleitea, the Kof C and to Catholic TV for posting about this great Catholic American.

“The Little Church That Could…”

15 August 2014

This is my story of life at Mater Ecclesiae Roman Catholic Church. I have read certain Catholic bloggers who have recently ganged up against the Extraordinary Form of the Mass and their ridiculous claims that every Latin Mass group is uncharitable, unkind and possibly the worst Mass they had ever been to. Well, I steer clear of group religious blogsites that also have bloggers of every other faith contributing on a group site because I find most of the Catholic bloggers who write for these sites questionable in their real knowledge of Catholicism.

That being said, I have for a long time now wanted to tell the story of Mater Ecclesiae an all Latin Mass, all Sacraments according to the 1962 Missal Diocesan-run parish. I throw the challenge to any Catholic blogger who has a very narrow view of the Traditional Mass to make a pilgrimage to Mater Ecclesiae and then write your opinion.

From moment one when I started attending Mater Ecclesiae I was treated with such kindness, respect, friendship and charity. I continued to go to Mater Ecclesiae with gratitude and joy and became good friends with our pastor, Father Pasley and I came to know what a holy priest and good man he is. In addition, I came to know what a vibrant and loving congregation worshipped there.

Father Pasley loves his vocation. I once told him that he would have made a wonderful Catholic husband and father if he had been called to that vocation just based on how he treats his parish family and his priestly vocation. I think most people would find that strange but Father got what I meant.

ConsecrationThe thing about belonging to Mater Ecclesiae is that it becomes your family. It is not a place where people form a cult around the priest, it is a place where Father is our spiritual father and the parishioners our sisters and brothers. It reminds me of the Italian parish I grew up in on the Jersey Shore. The parish didnt have a parish council (THANK GOD) and all of us pitched in when the pastor asked us. Same at Mater Ecclesiae.

Mater Ecclesiae is a parish that remembers what was best about parish life and applies it to this century. It never gives in to the mood of the day but it services our needs as a family in these trying times. It gives us the best of the past with the best of what we NEED today! The greatest gift at Mater Ecclesiae is the vocations which keep coming forth!

Father Pasley is someone who emulates Our Lady in his Fiat, his obedience to the Lord and ultimately we, the Body of Christ benefits from his vocation and his obedience. It is just like the love of a father who would give his life for his family. This is the gift he gives us. This is the gift that given generously has caused Mater Ecclesiae to become a big family.

Mater Ecclesiae is a small place physically but like the loaves and the fishes there is enough for as many who come there. The Church itself seems to hold as many she can, no matter what. The beautiful hall named after Bishop Nicholas DeMarzio is a place of beauty lined with life-sized statues and soft colors and a top notch commercial kitchen all done by the generosity of the parishioners of this little Church, always seems to be large enough to hold as many as needed. The Padre Pio Gift Shop has all one could need for sacramentals and for spiritual enrichment with such a wide variety you would think it was as big as Costco.

This little Church that could has the heart of a basilica. It is a place of pilgrimage for all. Priests and seminarians already get that about Mater Ecclesiae. On any given weekend you will find seminarians helping Father by serving at the Altar or whatever the parish needs at the time. Many priests including our famous Father Z from the Internet and Father Benedict Groeschel have come to Mater Ecclesiae with the spirit of a pilgrim.

There are many more things I could tell you about this little Church, but what I will tell you is that if you ever get to the East Coast and the Philadelphia area, PLEASE make a pilgrimage to this holy place. You will be renewed in a way that is unexplainable until you go there.

Christmas and Easter are as if you are at the Vatican or the Holy Land. The liturgies, the music and presence of the Holy Spirit are felt at every moment. In the Fall there is the older devotion, 40 Hours which in itself alone worthy of a pilgrimage. On the social end, there are dinners, n, barbeques, Craft Fairs, plays and many more events that are worthy of a visit.

Most importantly, it is worthy of a visit to see how a real parish, a loving parish lives. It is a model parish with a model pastor (as my sister Mary once told me) and nothing could describe it better, this little Church that could…

God love you, Father Pasley and my sisters and brothers at Mater Ecclesiae! I am with you in spirit and not a day goes by that I don’t think of you all fondly and pray for all of you. I miss my joyful family at Mater Ecclesiae.

I have since moved to Wisconsin but I still consider myself a parishioner at Mater Ecclesiae. I have the country’s greatest Bishop here in Madison so I have been truly blessed. To have been part of the Mater Ecclesiae family has been such a gift. To now come to Madison WI to find the love of the Latin Mass by our Bishop keeps Mater Ecclesiae alive in my heart. If I had one wish, it would to be in Philadelphia today at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul to be part of our thanksgiving celebration to Our Lady for Mater Ecclesiae’s very existence.

Below I have published info concerning Mater Ecclesiae’s Assumption Mass to be held tonight at 7 pm in Philadelphia. If you are in the area, please do not miss this.

It is truly a piece of Heaven on earth to be part of this Mass. If you haven’t yet experienced life at Mater Ecclesiae please try to make a pilgrimage there. It is very close to Philadelphia and one could combine it with a trip to see the historical sites in Philadelphia. Now that Pope Francis is planning to visit the City of Brotherly Love, make sure you get to Mater Ecclesiae after seeing the Holy Father.

In fact, somebody better let Pope Francis know about this little basilica in NJ, he would’t want to miss this jewel while he visits the United States.

From the Website of Mater Ecclesiae, Berlin, NJ

On October 13, 2000, Bishop Nicholas A. DiMarzio, Bishop of Camden, in the Jubilee Year, and on the anniversary of the final apparition of Our Lady of Fatima, established Mater Ecclesiæ Roman Catholic Church within the Diocese.

We were established having no regional boundaries the way normal parishes do. This is in order to serve Catholics who feel an attachment to the Traditional Latin Mass and Sacraments according to the Roman Missal of 1962.

In 1988, Pope John Paul II in the binding Moto Proprio “Ecclesia Dei” encouraged a wide and generous application of the Traditional Latin Mass.

Mater Ecclesiae is the first canonically established Church owned and staffed by a Roman Catholic Diocese, that has been granted exclusive use of the Roman Missal Typical Edition of 1962.

The “Tridentine Mass” has been called “The Most Venerable Rite of Mass in all of Christianity” as well as “The Most Beautiful Thing This Side of Heaven”.

We invite you to join us as we celebrate these Divine Mysteries at Mater Ecclesiae

Mater Ecclesiae

About the Rector

frPasleyFather Robert C. Pasley, KCHS, a native of the Diocese of Camden, was born on November 20, 1955 in Woodbury, NJ. He attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary College from 1974 to 1978 and received a BA in Philosophy. He then attended Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD from 1978 to 1982 and received an MA in Systematic Theology.

He was ordained by the Most Reverend George H. Guilfoyle in 1982. Father Pasley was stationed as a parish priest in Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Berlin, NJ, 1982-1984, Our Lady Star of the Sea, Cape May, NJ 1984-1987, Our Lady Queen of Apostles, Pennsville, NJ 1987-1990, and Sacred Heart, Mount Ephraim, NJ, 1990-1992. In 1992, he became a resident at St. John, Collingswood, NJ were he lived for the next 8 years.

In 1992, he was assigned to Paul VI High School, Haddon Township, NJ and taught all levels of Religion and reestablished a course in Latin. In 1996, he was transferred to Camden Catholic High School, Cherry Hill, NJ, were he taught Religion and French I.

In 1998 he was appointed Vice Principal of Academics and served in this post for two years. During his time at Camden Catholic, Father received an MA in Education from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ.

On October, 13, 2000, he was appointed Rector, by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, of the newly established Tridentine Parish of Mater Ecclesiae, Berlin, NJ. Mater Ecclesiae is the first, diocesan run Tridentine parish in the United States.

Father Pasley is also the Chaplain of the Church Music Association of America and attends the Sacred Music Colloquium that has been offered by the Association since 1990. He also serves on the faculty at the Colloquium. The Colloquium has been held at Christendom College, Front Royal, VA, Catholic University, Washington DC, Loyola University, Chicago, IL, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA and in 2012, for the first time, at the Cathedral of the Madeleine, Salt Lake City, UT. He also served as Vice President and a member of the board of directors of Sacred Music Magazine.

Father Pasley, along with Dr Timothy McDonnell, established the annual Mass of Thanksgiving on the Feast of the Assumption. This Mass features some of the greatest orchestral Masses ever composed for the Sacred Liturgy. Some Masses that have been used for the Assumption Mass are the Lord Nelson Mass of F.J. Haydn, the Missa Septem Dolorum of Carl H. Biber, The Mass in Bb Major of Franz Schubert and the Missa Brevis in C of W.A. Mozart. The Assumption Mass will take place this year on August 14, 7:00PM, at St Peter Church, Merchantville, NJ. The Mass setting will be the Mass in E minor by Anton Bruckner.

In the Diocese of Camden, Father Pasley was a member of the Presbyteral Council. He served as a county Pro-Life Chaplain, and as Chaplain to the Camden County Presidium of the Legion of Mary. He also served as a member of the Diocesan Marian Commission, the Diocesan Liturgical Commission and an assistant vocations director for recruitment.

In September of 2004, Father was installed as a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, NY, by His Eminence Edward Cardinal Egan. In September of 2010, Father was raised to the rank of Knight Commander, by His Excellency, now Cardinal, Timothy Dolan.

Father Pasley would like to thank Almighty God for the establishment of Mater Ecclesiae. He also acknowledges the maternal love and protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This place is a living miracle where the Faith is vibrant and totally Catholic. It truly is a site of the New Evangelization, a place that would make Pope Benedict very proud. Father Pasley is honored and privileged to participate and serve at this wonderful parish.

Mater Ecclesiae’s 14th Annual Assumption Mass
by Fr. Robert C. Pasley, KCHS
Published at New Liturgical Movement 8.17.2014

As many of you know the 14th annual Assumption Mass was celebrated this year at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. Even though Mater Ecclesiae is in the Diocese of Camden, across the Delaware river in New Jersey, we were privileged and honored to be given permission to bring this grand celebration to the historic Cathedral Basilica begun by Saint John Neumann. Special thanks are given to His Excellency, Archbishop Charles Chaput for giving permission and to Fr Dennis Gill, Rector of the Cathedral, for his support, kindness and wonderful hospitality.

Mater Ecclesiae Assumption Mass at altar

This celebration has become an anticipated spiritual event for the whole Delaware Valley and beyond. Parish groups came from Dioceses of Trenton, NJ, Allentown, PA, Wilmington, DE, Harrisburg, PA, Camden, NJ, and the Archdioceses of Philadelphia and Washington, DC. The Cathedral was full. The procession was filled with Knights of Columbus, Knights and Lady’s of the Holy Sepulchre, Members of the Sovereign order of Malta, members of the TFP, the Blessed Immelda Society, the Maidens of the Miraculous Medal, Altar servers from across the region, and seminarians and priests. The choir under the direction of Dr Timothy McDonnell, music department chair at Ave Maria University, and the Schola Cantorum, under the direction of Mr Nicholas Beck, music director at Mater Ecclesiae, prayed the music of the Mass flawlessly. A seventy two page booklet filled with descriptions, explanations, lists of donors and adds of patrons, prepared by Miss Barbara Rodio, was given out to the participants. Msgr Andrew Wadsworth, celebrant of the Mass, delivered a beautiful sermon on our Blessed Lady. It was a devout and grand celebration of Our Lady’s Assumption and a magnificent participation in the greatness of Catholic Culture.

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