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The Parish Church of Sarum St. Martin - Hymns and Voluntaries

Hymns, including voluntaries, were added as a resource during the lockdown period. The recordings were produced by Robert Fielding on his home practice organ.

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Ordinary Time 15 - 12th July - In memoriam Alan Harwood

This posting brings to an end Robert's musical contributions for use during the lock-down period of the coronavirus pandemic.
Should we be forced back into lock-down these postings will again be provided!

Many thanks to singers who have made contributions and to Sarum Web Design, especially Kirstie Pugh, for page development
and regular posting of the many files and links I have sent in since Maundy Thursday.

Opening Voluntary

Tierce en Taille et Récit de Chromhorne (Suite Évocatrice ii) – Charles Tournemire

Tournemire wrote his Suite Évocatrice (1938), in a neo-classical style, celebrating the Classical French Organ styles of the 18th century. This is also reflected in his titles which use names of organ stops.

Hymn: ‘Here, O my Lord, I see thee face to face’
(EH 312, AMR 414 and HAMNS 274)

Tune: Amesbury by Alan Harwood

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Suite Evocatrice II. Tierce en Taille et Recit de Chromhorne - Tournemire

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Amesbury by Alan Harwood

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God be in my head - Nicholas Hale

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Flourish for an Occasion – William Harris

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God be in my head – Nick Hale

Both the hymn and the motet were recorded last year in St. Martin’s and sung by CSD, directed by Nick Hale.

Closing Voluntary

Flourish for an Occasion – William Harris

I played this for Alan’s memorial service last year and subsequently made a recording of it at home on the digitised Hereford Cathedral set.

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Ordinary Time 14 - 5th July

For those who are unable to attend permitted worship today, I have provided an uplifting hymn and set of voluntaries.

Opening Voluntary

Cantilène – Leonce de Saint-Martin

Hymn: A brighter dawn is breaking
(NEH 102)

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Cantilene - Leonce de Saint-Martin

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A brighter dawn is breaking

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Carillon - Leonce de Saint-Martin

   

Closing Voluntary

Carillon – Leonce de Saint-Martin

Both voluntaries are movements from Saint-Martin’s ‘Suite Cyclique’ (so-called because themes occur throughout the work). Written in 1930, the work is not often heard but is immediately attractive. The Cantilène makes much of singing themes heard quietly on a flute with tremulant and then later on, played on a 4’ reed in the pedal. The Carillon belts forth the theme and bells are heard tolling and ringing joyously in a French style! This was meant to be a voluntary for Easter Day but we were in lock-down. Now, when worship begins today again at St. Martin’s, this piece celebrates this small step towards what we hope to be normal times. 

Ordinary Time 13 - 28th June SS. Peter & Paul

Opening Voluntary

Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten BWV642 – J.S. Bach

Another masterful composition from Bach’s Orgelbüchlein.
This translation of verse 1 will answer your question, ‘why chosen for today?’
‘If thou but suffer God to guide you,
and hope in him through all his ways;
He’ll give you strength and bear you through (these) evil days.
Who trusts in God’s unchanging love,
builds on the rock that nought can move.’

Hymn: With golden splendour (NEH 171)

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(The penultimate syllable of every line is sung to two notes using a dotted rhythm.)
This hymn is a translation (Lacey), of a 6th century Latin text. With a metre of 12 12 12 12 (twelve syllables to each line), it has only one tune in the NEH that fits, ANNUE CHRISTE, a melody from La Feillée’s Méthode du plain-chant, 1782.

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With golden splendour

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Wer nur den lieben - Bach

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Tus es Petrus - Demessieux

   

Closing Voluntary

Tu es Petrus (Marcia) – Jeanne Demessieux (1921-1968)

A pupil of Dupré and organist at La Madeleine, Paris, the highly-talented Jeanne Demessieux had a prodigious memory (c.2,500 works!). Sadly, she died young suffering from throat cancer. This short but punchy choral prelude features the chant melody Tu es Petrus, repeated at different pitches in the pedal and scored for full organ! Maybe an interpretation of the character of S. Peter? It is taken from the set of Twelve Choral Preludes on Gregorian Chant Themes (1947).

Ordinary Time 12 - 21st June (Feast of the Sacred Heart)

Opening Voluntary

Offertoire - L'Orgue Mystique 28ii (Sacred Heart) – Tournemire

Hymn: Father of heaven, whose love profound (NEH 358ii)

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L'Orguse Mystique, 28ii Offertoire (Sacred Heart)

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Father of heaven, whose love profound

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L'Orgue Mystique, 28v Prelude et Fresque (Sacred Heart)

Closing Voluntary

Prelude et Fresque - L'Orgue Mystique 28v (Sacred Heart) - Tournemire

L’Orgue Mystique No 28 - Sacratissimi Cordis Jesu (Le Sacré-Coeur de Jésus) op.57. As you would expect, this suite for the feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, includes some of Tournemire’s most poignant writing. The luxurious use of all available 8 foot bourdons, flutes, strings and the Unda Maris on all three manuals in the slow Offertoire second movement add to the appeal and beauty of this meditation in sound, using the pre-1929 chant Benedic anima. The gentle final movement with its unusual title, Prélude et Fresque (fresco), contains ethereal sections for the flutes and rich harmonies in opening and closing chorale sections. The movement is based on the Easter psalm chant Venite, exsultemus and Vespers hymn Auctor beate saeculi. Both movements have been recorded by Robert at home using Hauptwerk software.

Corpus Christi (transferred) - 14th June

Opening Voluntary

Chorale Prelude on Gibbons Song 24 (NEH 303) - Healey Willan
This quiet voluntary sets today’s Communion hymn tune by Gibbons, often sung at St. Martin’s.

Hymn: O word immortal of eternal God
(NEH 303)

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(Last line sings as, ‘And with th’eternal Father glorified.’)

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O word immortal of eternal God

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Willan Song 24

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Tantum ergo - de Severac

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L'Orgue Mystique, 27v Fantaisie Paraphrase (Corpus Christi)

Motet – Tantum ergo by Déodat de Séverac
Tantum ergo comprises the last two verses of the Eucharistic hymn Pange lingua by Thomas Aquinas (13th cent.).

Therefore so great a Sacrament
Let us fall down and worship,
And let the old law
Give way to a new rite, and let faith stand forward
To make good the defects of sense.

To the Father and the Son
Be praise and joy,
Health, honour and virtue and blessing,
And to him proceeding from both
Be equal praise. Amen.

Closing Voluntary

Fantaisie Paraphrase - L'Orgue Mystique 27 (In Festo Corporis Christi) – Charles Tournemire

The extensive final movement of Suite 27 for the feast of Corpus Christi, uses the familiar but slightly different ’Pange lingua’ chant which appears in figuration and pedal cantus firmus and ends with a resounding quotation of the ‘Te Deum’ chant - We praise Thee O Lord!

Trinity Sunday - 7th June

Opening Voluntary (Click here for Note on L’Orgue Mystique)

Communion - L'Orgue Mystique 26 (In Festo Ss. Trinitatis) - Tournemire

Hymn: Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty! (NEH 146)

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Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!

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Darke in F Agnus Dei

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Darke in F Gloria

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Darke in F Kyrie

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Darke in F Sanctus & Benedictus

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L'Orgue Mystique, 26iv Communion (Trinity)

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L'Orgue Mystique, 26v Triptique (Trinity)

Communion Service in F by Harold Darke
Recorded in St. Martin’s, Trinity Sunday 2019.
Kyrie – Gloria – Sanctus & Benedictus – Agnus Dei

Closing Voluntary

Triptique - L'Orgue Mystique 26 (In Festo Ss. Trinitatis) - Tournemire

The fourth movement from this suite for the feast of the Blessed Trinity (Communion), refers to parts of the chant used for Communion, Benedicimus Deum. The final movement uses the opening of the 2nd Vespers hymn Iam sol recedit (also used for the hymn at Lauds, Tu Trinitas Unitas. It begins with bold statements in the left-hand and pedals accompanied by toccata figuration and marked fff. This movement requires the player to reduce the organ gradually to end with a reference to the Te Deum laudamus chant played on a single Cor de nuit solo on the Recit.

Pentecost Sunday - 31st May

Opening Voluntary

The Lark Ascending - R.V. Williams arr. Fielding

At the close of Ascentiontide, a peaceful English pastoral moment set against preparations for Mass in St. Martins; 2nd June 2019.

Hymn: Breath on me breath of God
(NEH 342)

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The Lark Ascending

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Breath on me breath of God

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Komm Gott Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist BWV 667

Both hymn and voluntary were recorded last year on Pentecost Sunday, the 9th June, in St. Martin's.

Voluntary

Komm Gott Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist BWV 667 - J.S. Bach 

Bach used the first section of this Pentecost chorale prelude in both the Orgelbüchlein and the so-called collection 'the 18' where he provided an extension featuring a bold pedal statement of the chorale melody. This is played on our forthright pedal trombone which was installed during the time of dear Alan Harwood RIP. This is exactly the sort of piece he wanted this stop for!

Easter 7 - 24th May

Hymn: Hail thee festival day
(NEH 109 - Ascension verses)  

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Hail thee festival day

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Mendelssohn Sonata VI Allegro

Voluntary

Allegro from Sonata VI – Felix Mendelssohn

This Sonata is a set of variations on the chorale melody ‘Vater unser im Himmelreich’ (The Lord’s Prayer). Mendelssohn was himself an accomplished organist and a great influence on his generation, especially in promoting the organ works of J.S. Bach. Recorded last year on the digital realization of Hereford Cathedral for a CD of English Organ Works.

Ascension Day - 21st May

Hymn: The head that once was crowned with thorns (NEH 134)

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The head that once was crowned with thorns

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Heut triumphieret BWV 630

The head that once was crowned with thorns (NEH 134).
Recorded in St. Martin’s on Ascension Day last year.
Not a high quality recording but good to hear our congregation singing together!

Voluntary

Heut triumphieret Gottes Sohn BWV 630 - J.S. Bach

(Today God’s Son triumphs, Hallelujah!)
This bold festive chorale, from Bach’s Orgelbüchlein, is associated with Easter and Ascensiontide.  It uses a four-bar passacaglia bass in the pedals until the final three bars which explode in a final Hallelujah! Recorded by me at home using Hauptwerk software and a 1732 Andreas Silbermann organ in the church of St. Maurice, Ebersmunster, Alsace, France.

Easter 6 - 17th May

Hymn: A brighter dawn is breaking
(NEH 102)

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n.b. verse 4!

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A brighter dawn is breaking

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BWV 625 and 628

Click here for the Michael Overbury Kyrie and Gloria (10th May)

Psalm 65 (Fielding) - please click to download the Psalm for Easter 6.

Click here for the Regina Coeli (3rd May) or The Angelus (26th April)

Voluntary

Christ lag in Todesbanden BWV 625 & Erstanden ist der heilge Christ BWV 628 - J.S. Bach

Two Easter chorale preludes from the Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book). The first ('Christ lay in death’s dark prison, it was our sins that bound him' – Luther), has been described by Dupré as representing ‘the descent by the holy woman step by step, down to the holy tomb’. The second ('Risen is the Holy Christ') represents what Mary Magdalene discovered when she arrived!

Easter 5 - 10th May

Hymn: ‘Love’s redeeming work is done’ (NEH 113)

Recorded in SSM on 19th May 2019

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Love’s redeeming work is done’

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Kyrie and Gloria - Overbury

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O Filii - Demessieux

   

Kyrie & Gloria (Overbury) - recorded in SSM on 19th May 2019

Voluntary

O Filii - Variations composed by Jeanne Demessieux

An imaginative and colourful set of short variations on this well-known 17th century Easter melody used for the words of hymn 125 in the NEH ‘O sons and daughters of the King’.

Easter 4 - 3rd May

Hymn: The Lord is ris’n indeed!
(NEH 118)

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The Lord is ris’n indeed! 

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Regina Coeli

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Christ ist erstanden v.3

   

The Regina Coeli

Joy to thee, O Queen of heaven, alleluia:
He who thou was meet to bear, alleluia:
He has risen as he said, alleluia:
Pour for us to God thy prayer, alleluia!


V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
R. For the Lord is Risen indeed, alleluia.

Priest:   Let us pray.
O God, who by the Resurrection of thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
didst vouchsafe to give joy to the whole world:
we beseech thee, that through the intercession of his Mother, the Virgin Mary,
we may obtain the joys of everlasting life.
through the same Christ our Lord.

People: Amen.

Sung in place of the Angelus during the season of Easter and attributed to Saint Gregory who is said to have heard angels singing the first three lines while he was taking part in a procession in Rome. He added the fourth line later. This translation fits with the hymn tune EASTER HYMN (NEH 110), used at St. Martin’s. https://hymnary.org/hymn/NEH1985/110

Voluntary

Chorale Prelude: Christ ist erstanden v.3 BWV 627 - J.S. Bach

Alleluia,
alleluia, alleluia!
We should all be joyful at this,
Christ wants to be a consolation.
Lord have mercy

The final verse of three from this Easter chorale prelude, set by Bach in The Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book).  Bach writes a pedal part that suggests Christ stamping down the power of death in his ‘harrowing of hell’.

Easter 3 - 26th April

Hymn: Hail thee, Festival Day!
(NEH 109)

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Hail thee, Festival Day!

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Christ ist erstanden, verse 2 - J.S. Bach

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The Angelus

   

The Angelus
Led by Fr. David and sung by you!

Voluntary

Chorale Prelude: Christ ist erstanden v.2 BWV 627 - J.S. Bach

If he were not risen,
then the world would be lost.
Since he is risen,
we praise the father of Jesus Christ.
Lord have mercy

The second of the three verses of this Easter chorale set by Bach in The Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book).  Bach includes ten rising-scale figures (figura),  in this setting which are thought to represent the 10 disciples remaining after the resurrection.

Easter 2 - 19th April

Hymn: Now is eternal life (NEH 114)

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Now is eternal life

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Christ ist erstanden chorale & v.1

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Chorale Prelude: Christ ist erstanden v.1 BWV 627 - J.S. Bach

Christ is risen
from all his torments,
we should all be joyful at this,
Christ wants to be our consolation.
Lord have mercy.

Bach sets three verses of this Easter chorale in The Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book). You will hear one of his harmonisations of the chorale followed this week by the first verse. This is a bold, victorious setting with the chorale melody in the top part accompanied by repeated ostinato figures in the pedal and inner parts. Each verse of the chorale ends with words from the Kyrie eleison

Easter Sunday 12th April

Hymn: Thine be the glory!

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Sing your part in the BBC Sunday Worship – 08.10am BBC Radio 4: Click here

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Thine be the glory!

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Easter Processions

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Chorale Prelude: Christ ist erstanden v.1 BWV 627 - J.S. Bach

The recording included here has been made by the organist Graham Eccles on his home practice organ especially for the BBC. Either record your vocal contribution (follow online instructions), or sing along on Sunday morning or just listen in anytime using BBC iPlayer.

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Easter Processions – David Coram (1976-2019)
This piece was improvised by David Coram on the organ in Romsey Abbey on New Year’s Eve, 2006. It is the third movement of a nine-movement improvisation entitled ‘Requiem’. The recording was given to Robert and he has transcribed the work and made a recording of his own. The title ‘Easter Processions’ has been adopted by Robert. The piece is joyful from the start and features a dialogue for two trumpets which work towards a triumphant fanfare for full organ, followed by a reflective ending and a quote from the Easter chant, Victimae Paschali.    

Saturday - 11th April

Hymn: With Christ we share a mystic grave
(NEH 317)

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With Christ we share a mystic grave

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Herzlich tut - Brahms

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Herzlich tut mich verlangen op.122 no.10 - J. Brahms

‘I do desire dearly a blessed end.’

Brahms set this chorale twice in his set of eleven works based on German chorale melodies. These were the last works he would write in 1896. The melody was originally a secular love song written around 1600 by Hassler! It is more commonly known as the melody for the Passiontide hymn, ‘O sacred head, sore wounded’ (NEH 90).    

Good Friday - 10th April

Hymn: All ye who seek a comfort sure
(NEH 63)

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All ye who seek a comfort sure

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Popule Meus - Sarum St Martin's

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Ich ruf zu dir - J.S. Bach

   

Motet
Popule meus - T.L. de Victoria (1548-1611)

Improperia or Reproaches

My people, what have I done to you? How have I offended you? Answer me!
I led you out of Egypt, from slavery to freedom, but you led your Saviour to the cross.
Holy is God! Holy and strong!
Holy immortal One, have mercy on us.

Produced by Sam Hunt, a member of the SSM choir, this recording has been put together from contributions offered by our singers at home using phones and laptops to record their parts. Traditionally sung on Good Friday afternoon, this penitential work expresses the remonstrance of Christ with his people and uses texts in Latin and Greek (and here the plainchant verses in English).

Voluntary

Ich ruf zu dir BWV639 - J.S. Bach
‘‘I cry to thee Lord Jesus Christ’ or ‘Lord, hear the voice of my complaint’.
One of Bach’s most personal settings from the Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book), in which we can hear the prayer of the title portrayed as the accompanying semiquavers rise above to join the pitch of the chorale melody.  Both hymn and voluntary were recorded in St. Martin’s earlier this year.

Maundy Thursday - 8th April

Hymn: Lord Jesus, think on me
(NEH 70)

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Thine be the glory!

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Attende Domine - Demessieux

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Attende, Domine - Jeanne Demessieux (1921-1968)
‘Hear us O Lord, have mercy upon us.’
A pupil of Dupré and organist at La Madeleine, Paris, Jeanne Demessieux had a prodigious memory (c.2,500 works!). The response melody from the Lent Prose that is normally sung at the start of Mass during Lent is here clothed in sumptuous harmony. The final section features a canon between left hand and pedal with the verse melody of the Lent Prose sounding above. The work closes with a peaceful unfolding cadence. 

A PRAYER FOR OUR PARISH

Almighty God, you have made us members of Christ and of his Church in this parish. May we as a congregation reach upwards to your throne in worship and adoration: inwards to one another in understanding and fellowship; and outwards to the world in evangelism and social compassion. Make us like a city set on a hill whose light cannot be hidden, so that men and women may find Christ as the Light of the World, and his Church as the family of the redeemed, and eternal life as the gift of God, through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen.

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