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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Diocesan Shrine

This is the norms of the Diocese of San Pablo concerning the establishment of a Diocesan Shrine. This is to facilitate or help those parishes in the Diocese who wishes to be a shrine, a place of pilgrimage of the people of God. Personally, what has surprised me is the provision that states that no two parishes will be made a shrine within a vicariate.

So far, the existing approved diocesan shrines are the following:

1. Shrine of the Holy Sepulchre, Landayan, San Pedro, Laguna belongs to the vicariate of San Pedro
2. Shrine of Saint Vincent Parish, Mamatid, Cabuyao, Laguna belongs to the vicariate of San Isidro
3. Shrine of Saint Anthony de Padua, Pila, Laguna belongs to the vicariate of San Antonio de Padua
4. Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pagsanjan, Laguna, belongs to the vicariate of Mahal na Birhen ng Guadalupe.
5. Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows (Turumba), Pakil, Laguna belongs to the vicariate of St. James the Apostle
Here is the copy of the Norms on establishing a Diocesan Shrine. You could also find a copy in Scribd or from Google



Diocese of San Pablo

NORMS ON ESTABLISHING DIOCESAN SHRINE


I.          Preliminaries (From the Code of Canon Law)

Can.  1230 By the term shrine is understood a church or other sacred place to which numerous members of the faithful make pilgrimage for a special reason of piety, with the approval of the local ordinary.
Can.  1231 For a shrine to be called a national shrine, the conference of bishops must give its approval; for it to be called an international shrine, the approval of the Holy See is required.
Can.  1232 §1. The local ordinary is competent to approve the statutes of a diocesan shrine; the conference of bishops for the statutes of a national shrine; the Holy See alone for the statutes of an international shrine.
§2. The statutes are to determine especially the purpose, the authority of the rector, and the ownership and administration of goods.
Can.  1233 Certain privileges can be granted to shrines whenever local circumstances, the large number of pilgrims, and especially the good of the faithful seem to suggest it.
Can.  1234 §1. At shrines the means of salvation are to be supplied more abundantly to the faithful by the diligent proclamation of the word of God, the suitable promotion of liturgical life especially through the celebration of the Eucharist and of penance, and the cultivation of approved forms of popular piety.
§2. Votive offerings of popular art and piety are to be kept on display in the shrines or nearby places and guarded securely.
Can.  1205 Sacred places are those which are designated for divine worship or for the burial of the faithful by a dedication or a blessing which the liturgical books prescribe for this purpose.


II.        Basic Criteria for the Establishment of a Diocesan Shrine

1.      It must be a Church intended for divine worship (Can. 1214).
2.      It must be a place of historical significance.
3.      It must be a place where there is extraordinary devotion to God, to our Lord Jesus Christ, patron saint of the Church or to another saint.
4.      It must be a site of pilgrimage.  The place must be frequented by pilgrims, not only by the parishioners but also from other parts of the diocese and the nearby dioceses.
5.      It must have the proven capacity to accommodate a large number of pilgrims.
6.      It must have the existence of a special social dimension of the devotion of the place, that is, a social action program that promotes the full human development of people.[1]
7.      It must be located at a place which has significant distance from an already existing diocesan shrine.  No shrine will be established within the same vicariate.


III.       Liturgical Requirements

1.      It should be a center for worthy and exemplary celebrations of the liturgy, especially celebrations of the Eucharist and penance (Can. 1234).
2.      The sacrament of Confession should be available to the pilgrims all the time or at least during the day of devotion to the Shrine.  Thus, there must be enough confessionals in the premises of the Shrine.
3.      Those who administer the place are encouraged to develop and utilize some form of common prayer, such as the liturgy of the hours and celebrations of the Word of God (SC 35,4).
4.      Liturgical and devotional celebrations should faithfully observe their respective norms and promote the active participation of the Christian faithful, with due consideration for associations that have been approved by the Church.
5.      The various elements required for liturgical celebrations (alter, ambo, presidential chair) should be situated according to the requirements of the reformed liturgy (cf. GIRM, 295-318).
6.      Great care must be given to the observance of the principal celebrations of the liturgical year and to the ministry of preaching, both in liturgical homilies and in connection with popular devotions.
7.      A sufficient number of liturgical ministers should be available to provide adequate pastoral care of pilgrims, especially for various language groups.
8.      To enhance active participation of the entire assembly of the faithful, liturgical worship should be accompanied by sacred music which “adds delight to prayer, fosters unity of minds, or confers greater solemnity upon the sacred rites”. (SC 112).


IV.       Statute of the Proposed Shrine

Churches and sacred places applying to be Diocesan Shrines, must submit their statutes to be approved by the Bishop. “The statutes are to determine especially the purpose, the authority of the rector, and the ownership and administration of goods” (Can. 1232, §2).
Other required documents are indicated in section V.

V.        Procedures

Parish
1.      Application for the designation as a shrine may be initiated by the parish priest.
2.      Prepare the following documents:
a.      Application Letter signed by the Parish Priest.
b.      Resolution of the Parish Pastoral Council.
c.       Statutes of the proposed shrine (Can. 1232, §2).
d.     Pastoral activities and schedule of liturgical services.
e.      Documents showing the ownership and administration of its site, building and other properties, that clearly follows both the ecclesiastical and civil laws.
f.        Documentations (history, testimonies, pictures, etc.) that show the extraordinary devotion to the saint.

Vicariate

1.      The vicariate submits a resolution, containing the signatures of all the priests, recommending to the Bishop the designation of the Church as a Diocesan Shrine.
2.      The Vicar Forane gives his written opinion on the proposal.
3.      The Episcopal Vicar of the district gives his written recommendation of the proposal.
Diocese
1.      The Diocesan Commission on Liturgy studies and evaluates the proposal.
2.      Ocular inspection by the Bishop or by his representative.
3.      The proposal is submitted to the Presbyteral Council for consultation (cf. Statues, Presbyteral Council, Art. V, Sec. 1, e).
4.      Approval of the proposal by the Bishop.
5.      The Bishop issues the Decree of Establishment.


Diocese of San Pablo
CHECKLIST FOR THE APPLICATION
FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A DIOCESAN SHRINE

Parish
Observanda

1.       Application Letter signed by the Parish Priest.


2.       Resolution of the Parish Pastoral Council.


3.       Statutes of the proposed shrine (Can. 1232, §2).


4.       Pastoral activities and schedule of liturgical services.


5.       Documents showing the ownership and administration of its site, building and other properties.


6.       Documentations (history, testimonies, pictures, etc.) that show the extraordinary devotion to the saint. 

Vicariate
Observanda

1.       Resolution of the vicariate(containing the signatures of all the priests)


2.       Opinion of the Vicar Forane.


3.       Recommendation of the District Episcopal Vicar.

Diocese
Observanda

1.       The Diocesan Commission on Liturgy studies and evaluates the proposal. 


2.       Ocular inspection by the Bishop or by his representative.


3.       The proposal is submitted to the Presbyteral Council for consultation (cf. Statues, Presbyteral Council, Art. V, Sec. 1, e).






4.       Decision of the Bishop.

¨ APPROVED

¨ ON HOLD

¨ DENIED

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Signature                   Date





[1] When Landayan and Pagsanjan applied for the establishments of their Churches as Shrines, they were required to do something about the beerhouses, abortion clinics existing within their territorial jurisdiction.  After complying with these requirements, their petitions were granted.




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Friday, January 9, 2015

1 Juan 5:5-13

 5 Sino ang nagtata-gumpay laban sa sanlibutan? Ang sinumang sumasampalataya na si Jesus ang Anak ng Diyos.
               6 Si Jesu-Cristo ang naparito sa pamamagitan ng tubig at ng dugo. Hindi sa pamamagitan ng tubig lamang kundi sa pamamagitan ng tubig at dugo. Ang Espiritu ang nagpapatotoo tungkol dito, sapagkat ang Espiritu ay katotohanan. 7-8 Tatlo ang nagpapatotoo:a ang Espiritu, ang tubig, at ang dugo; at ang tatlong ito ay nagkakaisa. 9 Kung pinaniniwalaan natin ang patotoo ng mga tao, higit nating dapat paniwalaan ang patotoo ng Diyos, at ito ang patotoo ng Diyos tungkol sa kanyang Anak. 10 Ang sinumang sumasampalataya sa Anak ng Diyos ay naniniwala sa patotoong ito. Ngunit ang Diyos ay ginagawang sinungaling ng sinumang hindi sumampalataya sa Diyos, sapagkat hindi ito naniniwala sa patotoo niya tungkol sa kanyang Anak. 11 At ito ang patotoo: ipinagkaloob sa atin ng Diyos ang buhay na walang hanggan at ito'y makakamtan natin sa pamamagitan ng kanyang Anak. 12 Ang sinumang pinapanahanan ng Anak ng Diyos ay mayroong buhay na walang hanggan, ngunit ang hindi pinapanahanan ng Anak ng Diyos ay hindi makakaranas ng buhay na walang hanggan.
               13 Isinusulat ko ito sa inyo upang malaman ninyo na kayong sumasampalataya sa Anak ng Diyos ay may buhay na walang hanggan. 


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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Accident and Annointing of the Sick

This morning, we went to paete to inquire on the images of the three kings and other images of the Belen or the Nativity set of our Lord Jesus Christ because the parish does not have a complete set, we only had the holy family.

On our way, when we reach Sta. Cruz Laguna, I noticed a motorcycle  in the middle of the  left side of the road/ When I slowed down, I saw a man lying down so I stop the car and immediately told my companions to get the sick call kit. The Man is gushing with blood. I pulsed him and there  is nothing I could felt. I administered the anointing of the sick immediately. I told the passerby to fetch the nearest police station in the vicinity.

The conductor of the bus that ahead of us is telling me that the motorcycle slipped and it slammed in the Bus. Here are some pictures. I advise you that this can be graphic. For those who are not familiar with the sight of blood, beware!
Whoever he may be may God grant him eternal rest, Amen.





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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Pray to God to deliver us against the storm Hagupit or Ruby!

As we prepare all the necessary precautions against the coming storm "Habagat" , Let us also bend our knees in the front of the blessed sacrament to save us from any catastrophe. Sacred heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us. St. Martin de Porres, pray for us, 









Almighty Father,



We raise our hearts to You in gratitude, for the wonders of creation of which we are part, for Your providence in sustaining us in our needs, and for Your wisdom that guides the course of the universe.



We acknowledge our sins against You and the rest of Your creation. We have not been good stewards of nature. We have confused Your command to subdue the earth. The environment is made to suffer our wrongdoing, and now we reap the harvest of our abuse and indifference.



Global warning is upon us. Typhoons, floods, volcanic eruption, and other natural calamities occur in the increasing number and intensity.



We turn to you, our loving Father, and beg forgiveness for our sins.



We ask that we, our loved ones and our hard earned possessions be spared from the threat of calamities, natural and man-made.



We beseech You to inspire us all to grow into responsible stewards of Your creation, and generous neighbors to those in need. Amen



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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Solemnity of Christ the King (A)

GOSPEL REFLECTION: Solemnity of Christ the King (A)

23rd November 2014
by Rev. Fr. Allen Baclor Abadines 
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GOSPEL: Matthew 25:31-46
Jesus said to his disciples: "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the Angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left.

"Then the King will say to those at his right hand, 'Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.'

"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you? And the King will answer them, "Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did it to me.'

"Then he will say to those at his left hand, 'You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.'

"Then they also answer, 'Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you? Then he will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.' And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."
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REFLECTION:

Story: A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20. bill. In the room of 200, he asked, "Who would like this $20. bill? Hands started going up.

He said, "I am going to give this $20. to one of you but first, let me do this." He proceeded to crumple the dollar bill up. He then asked, "Who still wants it?" Still the hands were up in the air. "Well, " he replied, "What if I do this?" And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now all crumpled and dirty. "Now who still wants it?" Still the hands went into the air. And he said to them, "My friends , you have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money you still wanted it. Why? Because it did not decrease in value! It was still worth $20. Likewise, Many times in our lives , we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value - you are special - you are a CHILD OF GOD.

Yes, this is our identity and our worth - that we are children of God. A God who is King. In the "Lord's Prayer," we say "Thy Kingdom come!" And as children of God, He welcomes us to enter His Kingdom. "Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world..." A Kingdom that is not in a palace or royalty but it is in the human heart.

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Today, we celebrate Christ the King.Why do we celebrate a feast that is inviting us to reflect on the image of Jesus as King? It is not easy for us to picture Jesus as King. During Jesus' trial,Pilate asked Jesus "Are you a King?" To which Jesus replied, "I am a King, and I came into the world to bear witness to the truth." The notion of Jesus as King is not that easy to reconcile with the kind of royalty we have in mind.For a start, Jesus was born in a stable. He was the son of a carpenter.Unlike, Caesar, Jesus did not have soldiers who were armed to protect him...no golden crown, no exquisite clothing, no palace, no throne or servants to wait on him. If ever his throne was the cross, his crown was thorns , his scepter was the lance that pierced his side.Christ Kingship therefore is far different from our secular understanding of royalty. In his trial he made it clear, "My Kingdom does not belong to this world- If my Kingdom did belong to this world, my attendants would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my Kingdom is not here." (John 18:36) What is this Kingdom that Jesus was talking about? How then do we look at the Kingship of Jesus? Jesus' Kingship is sustained by a power that does not manipulate others but a power of love. Christ did not come to establish a political sovereignty. We have here a King who is not hungry for worldly power and fame but a King who loves the poor and the marginalized. A King who cares for the weak and the downtrodden.A king who did not come to be served but to serve. Christ Kingship is not of this world, for He is a King who rules not from a royal throne in glory but from service of the cross. It is a Kingdom of truth, justice, peace, service , compassion and love.
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Yes, Jesus is our King and our challenge is for us to imitate in our lives the way our King lived. Like Jesus our King, we are called to serve not to be served. To love as Jesus loved. To be compassionate especially to the poor, the oppressed , and the marginalized. And to give ourselves totally to the Father by loving our neighbor as ourselves.In the Gospel, Jesus said "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you gave me clothing. I was sick and you took care of me. I was in prison and you visited me...For truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did it to me." William Barclay puts it beautifully, "Love always involves responsibility, and love always involves sacrifice. And we do not really love Christ unless we are prepared to face His task and to take up His Cross."

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As we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King, there is a sense of gratitude in my heart. For I feel loved despite my weaknesses and shortcomings. I came to know my worth , I am a child of God. Dieter F. Uchtdorf said, "Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly. Though we may feel lost and without compass, God's love encompasses us completely...He loves everyone of us, even those who are flawed, rejected, awkward, sorrowful or broken."

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Let Christ reign in our hearts by being faithful to His will. Let us make his love known by our example and deeds. Let us help build his Kingdom here on earth knowing fully that Christ Kingship has at its heart, not power and wealth but compassion, service, selflessness and love. Christus vincit, Christus regnat, Christus imperat! (Christ conquers, Christ reigns, Christ commands!)




















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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

GOSPEL REFLECTION: Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
16th November 2014
by Rev. Fr. Allen Baclor Abadines 
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GOSPEL: Matthew 25:14-30
Jesus spoke this parable to his disciples: "For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.

The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money.

After a long time, the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying,'Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.' His master said to him, 'Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.'

"And the one with two talents also came forward, saying, 'Master, you handed over to me two talents, see, I have made two more talents. His master said to him, 'Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.'

"Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward saying, 'Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.'

"But his master replied, 'You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'"
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REFLECTION

Story: Three pelicans were flying to a popular lake. As they traveled, they were each lost in thought.
The first pelican thought to himself, "I love my beak. It's magnificent. No other bird has a beak quite like mine. When I get to the lake, I am going to parade along the bank, showing off my beautiful beak and all of the other birds will be jealous.

The second pelican thought to himself, "I love my beak and I need to protect it. I can't afford for it to get damaged, so I am going to only catch small fish in shallow waters. I know that I can do more, but it is too risky."

The third pelican thought to himself, "I love my beak. It is a beauty and I am going to push the limits and get the most out of it. I am going to become the best catcher of fish in the lake. I've been given this beak for a reason, so i am going to work hard and catch the biggest fish out there. (Source unknown)

I like this story. It is teaching us some realities of life. Like, each one of us have received talents, blessings and potentials for a reason. Not to brag about it and to show off just like the first pelican.Nor to hide it just like the second pelican. But to fully develop and make use of them to their maximum capacity just like what the third pelican did. Each one of us are blessed with so many gifts that we may use to share and make this world a better place.
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The Gospel of this Sunday has a similar message. It relates to us a simple story so easy to understand yet it has a powerful message with eternal relevance. Anyone can relate to its significance. Jesus tells the story of a man who gives talents to three of his servants. The first servant received five talents. The second servant received two talents. And the third servant received one talent. The first and the second servant went out at once and used the money to buy and trade things and ended up making even more money. But the third one didn't want to take the risk out of fear of losing the money he was given that he went and buried it to keep it safe.It happened that upon the return of the master , they were summoned for an accounting. As what was expected the first and the second servant were praised by the master. But he finds to his dismay that the third slave to whom he entrusted one talent had simply buried the wealth and had garnered neither gain nor interest. And for that reason the third servant was punished.
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Like many of Jesus' parables, he tells this one in particular to teach us an important lesson i.e. God doesn't want us to hide our gifts and blessings. Instead, He wants us to make use of them to the fullest. God created each of us with special gifts and He expects us to use those gifts for the purpose for which he gave them to us. This is the challenge of today's Gospel. Our Lord Jesus is telling us that in the end the Master will come for an accounting. There should be no excuse for us to come with a report that would not be pleasing to the Master. Our Lord intends that we multiply, increase , expand our gifts for our own good and the good of others. And to help build the Kingdom of God.
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So what holds the people back to show, develop and share their talents. Let me give you some reasons:

1) Insecurity - Some people may feel inferior to other people.They are always intimidated by people who are more talented.

2) Lack of confidence - They thought that their talents are not good enough.They do not see their importance. They would rather keep their talents to themselves rather than to use and share them with others. They forgot that those are gifts from God and therefore precious to God.

3) Fear of rejection. A lot of people are afraid of being rejected, ridiculed and or laughed at by others. But we have to first and foremost appreciate ourselves in order for us to be appreciated by others. People who are successful started out from a humble beginning,but what separates them from the rest are their boldness and readiness to take the risk. Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton said "With ordinary talents and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable." You may have the skills and abilities. You may not feel it particularly great, but it may be better than you think. If you don't use it, you lose it! Talents that are not used are like Sundial in the shade.
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Let me end my reflection with another inspiring story. It is a story of a man who had real talent.
This particular man played piano in a bar. He was a good piano player. People came out just to hear him play. But one night a customer wanted him to sing a particular song. The pianist declined. But the customer was persistent. He talked to the bartender: "I am tired of listening to the piano. I want that guy to sing." The bartender shouted across the room to the piano player. "Hey buddy! If you want to get paid sing the song! The customers are asking you to sing."

So he did. He sang a song. A jazz piano player who had not sung much in public, sang a song that changed his career, for nobody had ever heard "Sweet Lorraine" sung the way it was sung that night by a pianist - his name was Nat King Cole!
All along he had talent hidden and undiscovered.
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Luke 11:33- "No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden , or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light."
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To God be all the glory!




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