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Welcome to the website of the Priory Church

The Priory Church of Saint Bartholomew the Great is London's oldest surviving church. Founded in 1123 as an Augustinian Priory, it has been in continuous use since at least 1143. It is now an active Anglican/Episcopal Church and is located in that part of London known as The City.

The Smithfield area, which includes St Bartholomew's Hospital and Smithfield Market, is popular because of the large number of restaurants, bars and pubs both north and south of the Market. At the heart of it all is a church built when Henry I, son of William the Conqueror, was King of England. It survived the Great Fire of 1666 and the bombs dropped in Zeppelin raids in World War I and during the Blitz in World War II. In the late 19th century it was substantially renovated and restored to its medieval plan as far as possible by Sir Aston Webb, his first major restoration project. Drawing on its nearly 900-year history, the Church is noted today for its wonderful architecture, traditional formal worship, marvellous music and intelligent preaching.

The area around the church is now in the process of changing significantly, and this is expected to make the area even more active than it has been until now. To the north of the church, the new Crossrail Farringdon Station is being built. Crossrail expects that 140 trains per hour will travel through the new interchange, which will link Thameslink, Crossrail and the Underground networks. It will also be possible to reach three of London's airports from there. Farringdon will be one of London's busiest stations, and is likely to increase visitors to the area very considerably. To the south of the church, Helical Bar and The Baupost Group of Boston will be re-developing former hospital buildings on Bartholomew Close and Little Britain. When finished, these are expected to comprise 236 new apartments, 230,000ft2 of office space, and 23,000ft2 of retail space.

The church has appeared in many films including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love, Amazing Grace, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Other Boleyn Girl, Muppets: Most Wanted, Snow White and the Huntsman, Sherlock Holmes, Jude, The End of the Affair, and Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, as well as in many television programmes, including Richard II from the BBC's The Hollow Crown, and the BBC's Edwin Drood, and even in the T-Mobile Royal Wedding Advertisement, with more shows and films currently in post-production.

Christopher Green Ambulatory
This picture is by Christopher Green and hangs in our Cloister Café.

The High Altar of the Priory Church

The Policy of the Priory Church

Sunday, 8th March 2015
The Third Sunday of Lent
All services in St Bartholomew the Great
except where indicated


9:00am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
10:00am Family Eucharist at S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00am Solemn Eucharist
Setting: Missa Quarta – Palestrina
Offertory: Turn thy face from my sins – Attwood
Voluntary: Prelude and Fugue in D minor BWV 539 –
Johann Sebastian Bach
6:30pm Choral Evensong & Sermon
Canticles: Setting in Dorian mode – Blow
Anthem: My God, My God look upon me – Blow
Voluntary: Ecce tempus idoneum – Tallis

Click here to see more details about the services
 

The Revd Martin Dudley BD MSc MTh PhD DArts FSA FRHistS AKC is the 25th Rector since the Reformation


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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Parking in Cloth Fair

A public meeting has been arranged in the Cloister Café from 6pm to 8pm on Friday 6th March, to discuss, with officers from the City of London Corporation, how to address the problems of taxis parking all night in Cloth Fair and disturbing residents' sleep. If you (regularly or occasionally) park in Cloth Fair when you come to church, and would be concerned if double yellow lines were introduced (a possible remedy to the residents' problem, favoured by some), please come and make your views known at the meeting.

Please email Virginia.Rounding@cityoflondon.gov.uk to confirm your attendance.

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Lent, Holy Week, and Easter 2015

Lent began on Ash Wednesday, 18th February. Refreshment or Mothering Sunday falls on March 15th, and then it is Passion Sunday on 22nd March, and Palm Sunday on 29th March (with our sequence of readings and music called Into the Hands of Sinners at 6:30pm – the closest one can come to a Lenten carol service). After that, we are into Holy week, with Maundy Thursday on 2nd April (Solemn Eucharist, Mandatum and Watch starting at 7:30pm); Good Friday on 3rd April (Butterworth Charity in the Churchyard at 11:30am, Solemn Liturgy of the Passion back in the church at Noon, Tenebræ at 7:00pm); Holy Saturday on 4th April (Easter Vigil at 9:00pm); and finally, Easter Day on 5th April (Holy Communion at 9:00am, Family Eucharist and Easter Egg Hunt at 10:00am in S. Bartholomew the Less, Solemn Eucharist with Easter Egg Hunt at 11:00am, Solemn Vespers of Easter at 6:30pm).

Full details of all the services from Ash Wednesday to Low Sunday (the Sunday after Easter Day) can be found by
clicking here to go to the Ash Wednesday, Lent, Holy Week & Easter page

You can find the most up-to-date detailed information about these services by
clicking here to open a PDF version of our Lent to Easter 2015 Leaflet

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Lent Appeal

In October 2014, members of the Congregation of St Bartholomew the Great were privileged to undertake a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. During our stay we visited the Jeelal-Amal Boys Home in Bethany and the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital in Jerusalem. We were deeply moved by all we learned of the amazing work being undertaken in both institutions under very difficult conditions.

The Jeelal-Amal Boys Home was founded in 1972 by two Christian Palestinians in the village of Bethany to the east of Jerusalem. Today there are 90 boys living in the Boys Home. Many are orphans or have endured terrible domestic problems. While there is little material wealth, the love and devotion of the staff are reflected in the perfect manners and sunny disposition of the children. In addition to the boys living in the home, 350 children also attend the day school and 35 staff are employed. Jeelal estimates that it costs £2,000 per year to keep a boy there. It was clear that the level of teaching and care given to these often vulnerable children is exceptional.

In the Occupied Palestinian Territories, the rate of blindness is ten times higher than in the West. St John of Jerusalem is the the only charitable provider of expert eye care in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. This is given at the main Eye Hospital in Jerusalem and other local units in the various areas of need. Sight-saving work is carried out to the highest international standards and is often delivered against very difficult and challenging odds. Without this service many would not seek treatment despite the risk of irreparable damage to their sight. All patients are treated regardless of ethnicity, religion or ability to pay.

This year, the PCC has decided our Lent Appeal will be shared by these two most worthy causes. Your contributions will bring much joy to many lives. Please give generously. Place contributions in a Gift Aid Envelope and write on the envelope Lent Appeal. Thank you.

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Next Rahere Singers Evensong: Sunday, March 15th 2015 at 6:30pm

The Rahere Singers are invited to sing their next Evensong on March 15th at 6:30pm. This will be the evening of Mid-Lent/Refreshment/Mothering Sunday – whichever title you prefer – and so a little oasis of relative musical cheerfulness
in the middle of Lent. The music will be as follows:

Responses: Byrd
Psalms: 13 & 14
Canticles: Wood in E-flat
Anthem: Thou knowest Lord – Purcell
Ave Regina – Chant

The prior rehearsals are currently planned for Friday, 27th February and Friday, 13th March.

As usual, if you would like to join in, please contact Zoë McMillan by
emailing zoe.mcmillan@btinternet.com or call her on (020) 7638 1659

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Little Spaniel Theatre
The Death of Kings Series The Little Spaniel Theatre Company, which is resident at the Priory Church, will be back with us from May 8th to July 4th 2015 with two plays performed in rep under the umbrella title of The Death of Kings Season. The plays will be Shakespeare's Richard II and Marlowe's Edward II. Further details will be available in due course. In the meantime, early information is on the poster on the left. You can click on the poster to see a larger version.

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Annual Parochial Church Meeting, Election of Churchwardens, PCC Elections

In something of an innovation this year, all of these events will be taking place after the Solemn Eucharist on Sunday, 26th April 2015 in the Lady Chapel. Dr. Martin Dudley, the Rector, will be back in London for a brief period around that date, and so will be in the chair for these events. More details will be posted here in due course. If you have been thinking of putting yourself up for election, you might like to decide in the weeks ahead whether definitely to do so. Nomination forms will be available nearer the time.

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Director of Music

Our present Director of Music, Nigel Short, is much in demand as a musician. He has concluded that he is no longer able to commit to the full requirements of being Director of Music at the Priory Church. He has, therefore, decided that he should resign from the position and the Rector, on behalf of the PCC, has reluctantly accepted his resignation. The process for appointing a new Director is now under way. Nigel has indicated that he is able to remain as our Director of Music until the end of August at the latest – it will be sooner if we find the right candidate who can start before that – but he will increasingly have to be away as we get into the Summer months. We are grateful to Nicholas Riddle for stepping in as Director on a number of occasions recently, and he will be doing the same over the coming months whenever Nigel has to be away.

We know how much the congregation and our visitors have warmly appreciated Nigel's work at the Priory Church over the past years, and will be extremely sorry to see him go. In fact, we have been very fortunate indeed to have someone of Nigel's stature and accomplishment to lead the music at our services and in our concerts. We are extremely grateful to him for everything he has done for us, and the wonderful music that we have experienced. Don't miss the last opportunities to see and hear him in action as Director of Music, especially between now and the end of May 2015!

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Rector's Sabbatical

The Rector is on sabbatical in Finland, where he is pursuing a research project at the University of Helsinki. He will be back a couple of times very briefly between now and June 14th, when the sabbatical will be over. His email address, for personal communications, is martin.dudley@helsinki.fi. In the meantime, any matters of church business should be addressed to Ilaria at the Parish Office, administrator@greatstbarts.com.

The Revd Bill Wilson has joined us for the duration of this sabbatical with the title of "Sub-Prior". He is working with Fr Mark to ensure the smooth running of the church during this period. Fr Bill is an experienced parish priest who has covered a number of City interregna since he retired from stipendiary ministry. Fr Bill is usually in church on Wednesdays and Sundays, and Fr Mark on Thursday, Fridays, and Sundays.

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Music Notes
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Music Notes for The Second Sunday of Lent
Click here for the Music Notes Archive 2014/2015

Monthly Church Diary
NB These diary files are correct as at the time the printed version (available at the entrance desk) goes to print.
Please check the live diary below for any new bookings or changes to the church's schedule.

Click the link below to view:
Church Diary for March 2015
Church Diary for February 2015
For the diaries for earlier months, please click here to go to our archive page

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DAY BY DAY IN THE PRIORY CHURCH


Church Diary 2nd to 7th
Mon 2nd S. Chad, Bishop of Lichfield, 672
       
Tue 3rd
       
Wed 4th
       
Thu 5th
8:30am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
       
Fri 6th Votive of the Holy Cross
8:30am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
       
Sat 7th Ss. Perpetua, Felicity & their Companions, Martyrs at Carthage, 202
       

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Sunday, 8th 2015, The Third Sunday of Lent
The church is open 8:30am–8:00pm
You can find the most up-to-date detailed information about our services and events during Lent, Holy Week and Easter
by clicking here to open a PDF version of our Lent to Easter 2015 Leaflet
9:00am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
Preacher: The Revd George Bush
9:30am–6:30pm Cloister Café open
10:00am Family Eucharist with hymns at S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00am Solemn Eucharist
Setting: Missa Quarta – Palestrina
Preacher: The Revd George Bush
At the Offertory: Turn thy face from my sins – Attwood
Voluntary: Prelude and Fugue in D minor BWV 539 – Johann Sebastian Bach
6:30pm Choral Evensong & Sermon
Canticles: Setting in Dorian mode – Blow
Anthem: My God, My God look upon me – Blow
Preacher: The Revd Bill Wilson, The Sub-Prior
Voluntary: Ecce tempus idoneum – Tallis

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Church Diary 9th to 14th
Mon 9th S. Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa, c. 394
       
Tue 10th
3:00pm We welcome a visit by a group from University College London
Click here for more information about University College London
       
Wed 11th
       
Thu 12th S. Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome, 604
8:30am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
       
Fri 13th Votive of the Holy Cross
8:30am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
6:00pm Rahere Singers Rehearsal in the choir stalls
       
Sat 14th
       

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At the Offertory: O salutaris hostia – Rossini
Voluntary: Toccata The Dorian in D minor BWV 538 – Johann Sebastian Bach
Sunday, 15th 2015, The Fourth Sunday of Lent:
Mother Sunday, Refreshment Sunday
The church is open 8:30am–8:00pm
You can find the most up-to-date detailed information about our services and events during Lent, Holy Week and Easter
by clicking here to open a PDF version of our Lent to Easter 2015 Leaflet
9:00am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
Preacher: The Revd Bill Wilson, The Sub-Prior
9:30am–6:30pm Cloister Café open
10:00am Family Eucharist with hymns at S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00am Solemn Eucharist
Setting: Messa di Gloria – Puccini
Preacher: The Revd Bill Wilson, The Sub-Prior
6:30pm Choral Evensong & Sermon – sung by the Rahere Singers
Responses: Byrd
Canticles: Evening Service in Eb – Wood
Anthem: Thou knowest, Lord – Purcell
Preacher: The Revd Mark Young, The Pastor
Voluntary: Psalm-Prelude No 1, Set 2 De ProfundisHowells

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Church Diary 16th to 21st
Mon 16th
       
Tue 17th S. Patrick of Ireland, 461
Today is S. Patrick's Day
We wish everyone around the world who is celebrating this day a very happy time
       
Wed 18th S. Cyril of Jerusalem, 386
10:30am We welcome a group from Year 7 at Newton Preparatory School
Click here for more information about Newton Preparatory School
7:00am PCC Meeting at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch
       
Thu 19th S. Joseph
8:30am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
Noon We welcome a group from The National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS)
Click here for more nformation about NADFAS
       
Fri 20th Votive of the Holy Cross
8:30am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
       
Sat 21st The Passing of S. Benedict, Abbot of Monte Cassino, c. 550
       

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At the Offertory: Mihi autem nimis – Tallis
Voluntary: Crucifixion from Symphonie-Passion Op 23 – Dupré
Sunday, 22nd 2015, The Fifth Sunday of Lent: Passion Sunday
The church is open 8:30am–8:00pm
You can find the most up-to-date detailed information about our services and events during Lent, Holy Week and Easter
by clicking here to open a PDF version of our Lent to Easter 2015 Leaflet
9:00am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
Preacher: The Revd Bill Wilson, The Sub-Prior
9:30am–6:30pm Cloister Café open
10:00am Family Eucharist with hymns at S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00am Solemn Eucharist
Setting: Missa In te Domine speravi – Palestrina
Preacher: The Revd Bill Wilson, The Sub-Prior
6:30pm Choral Evensong, Sermon & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
Canticles: Eighth Service – Weelkes
Anthem: Salvator Mundi – Blow
Preacher: The Revd Mark Young, The Pastor
At Benediction: O Salutaris & Tantum ergo – Chant
Voluntary: O Mensch, bewein' dein' Sünde groß BWV 622 – Johann Sebastian Bach

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Church Diary 23rd to 28th
Mon 23rd
9:15am We welcome a visit by a group from Martin Randall Travel Ltd
Click here for more information about Martin Randall Ltd
       
Tue 24th
       
Wed 25th The Annunciation of the Lord
Anniversary of the Foundation of the Priory Church, 1123
7:00pm Solemn Eucharist in the Lady Chapel
       
Thu 26th
8:30am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
       
Fri 27th Votive of the Holy Cross
8:30am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
       
Sat 28th
       

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Sunday, 29th 2015, Palm Sunday
NB In the UK, the clocks spring forward from 1:00am to 2:00am
From today, the United Kingdom is on British Summer Time
The church is open 8:30am–8:00pm
You can find the most up-to-date detailed information about our services and events during Lent, Holy Week and Easter
by clicking here to open a PDF version of our Lent to Easter 2015 Leaflet
9:00am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
9:30am–6:30pm Cloister Café open
10:00am Family Eucharist with hymns at S. Bartholomew the Less
11:00am Blessing of Palms in St Bartholomew the Less & Procession
Hosanna to the Son of David – Weelkes
Pueri Hebræorum – Victoria
11:15am Solemn Eucharist in St Bartholomew the Great
Setting: Missa Quarti toni – Victoria
Passion: according to S. Matthew – Victoria
Voluntary: Les Rameaux – Langlais
6:30pm Into the Hands of Sinners
A sequence of words and music in preparation for Holy Week
Hosanna to the Son of David – Weelkes
Vinea mea electa – Poulenc
O sacrum convivium – Tallis
O vos omnes – Cassals
Astiterunt reges terræ – Victoria
Passion according to S. Matthew – Victoria
Civitas sancti tui – Byrd

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Church Diary 30th to 31st Holy Week
Mon 30th Monday in Holy Week
       
Tue 31st Tuesday in Holy Week
       

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Family Eucharist

A Family Eucharist is held at St Bartholomew the Less most Sundays of the year at 10.00am.
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Grants & Gifts towards our Music

The Priory Church is very grateful to the Trusts, companies, and individuals mentioned below for grants and gifts that are supporting the musical life of the church:


For funds to support the training and development of choir members:


* GE and especially Corey Anderson, for support of Marie Macklin
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* Westminster Almshouses Foundation, for support of Amy Lyddon
Click here for details about the Westminster Almshouses Foundation


For assistance with acquiring and purchasing music:


* The Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust, for a grant to enable us to purchase music by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Click here for details about the Trust


* The Ouseley Trust, for a grant for the purchase of music
Click here for details about the Trust


* Banks Music Publications
Click here for details about Banks Music Publications


* Oxford University Press, Music Publishing Department
Click here for details about OUP Music Department


* Music Sales Ltd, Music Publishers
Click here for details about Music Sales


* The Edition Peters Group, Music Publishers
Click here for details about the Edition Peters Group


For funds to support the music in general:


* Dr Monica Darnbrough
* a number of anonymous donors

for donations to the Heritage Trust to support the performance of music in the Priory Church


We are very grateful to all our donors who make it possible for us to continue a high standard of music in this special place.


Grants & Gifts to the Great Project

The Priory Church is very grateful to the Trusts, companies, and individuals mentioned below for grants and gifts towards our Great Project. Details of this substantial and important project that is intended to equip the church for the next 900 years will be posted on the website soon.


* We are very grateful to Alan Baxter & Associates , for their contribution to the Great Project
Click here for more information about Alan Baxter & Associates


Little Spaniel Theatre
The Little Spaniel Theatre is Company in Residence at St Bartholomew the Great. Over the last two years, they have created a strong ensemble of classical players working together regularly as a Rep company. So far, they have presented productions of Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot and the medieval morality play Everyman in the church. There is more to come, and details will be posted on this website as and when they become available.
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Joining the Electoral Roll

Membership of the Priory Church is based on the Electoral Roll, and gives you, among other things, the right to take part in electing the PCC and Churchwardens. If you are over 16, baptised, resident in the parish or habitually worshipping here, you will qualify to be entered onto the Roll. Please contact the Parish Office for an enrolment form, or you can download one here and send it to the Parish Office or hand it in at church. More information is available by clicking this link


Booking the Priory Church

If you would like to book the Priory Church for a Group Tour, for a concert or other kind of performance, or for filming or a photoshoot, we have application forms for each of these that can be downloaded from here, filled in, and emailed to us. These are for Microsoft Word, so you will only be able to use them if your software is able to work with such files. Please note: filling in a form and sending it in doesn't mean acceptance. It must first be confirmed by the Parish Office in writing.

Group Visit Booking Form

Concert & Performance Booking Form

Film & Photoshoot Booking Form

Click here to see how to contact us


Our Charities

• The Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great (Registered Charity No. 1128471) is run by the elected PCC (Parochial Church Council) & church officers and exists to promote the whole work of the church.

• The St Bartholomew the Great Heritage Trust (Registered Charity No. 283623) is run by a board of Trustees independent of the PCC. It exists to maintain, preserve and improve the fabric, ornaments, furniture and monuments of the church. It is not itself a religious charity.


Become a Friend of St Bartholomew's

The Friends are an essential part of the Trust providing ongoing annual revenue, enabling the trustees to plan for future projects.
Click here to learn more.


Support us

You can make a donation to The Priory Church registered charity through the Charities Aid Foundation by clicking below:
Donate to the Church through CAFOnline


Stewardship

You can provide regular support to the Priory Church and its work by clicking this link and joining our Stewardship Scheme


Key Dates at the Priory Church in 2015


Sun 15th March Mothering Sunday – Refreshment Sunday
Sun 29th March Palm Sunday
Thu 2nd April Maundy Thursday
7:30pm Solemn Eucharist with Mandatum and Watch
Fri 3rd April Good Friday
11:30am Butterworth Charity
12:00 Noon Liturgy of the Passion
7:00pm Tenebræ
Sat 4th April Holy Saturday
9:00pm Easter Vigil
Sun 5th April Easter Day
Sun 26th April 11:00am The Rector celebrates the Solemn Eucharist with Fr Bill & Fr Mark followed by the Election of Churchwardens, Annual Meeting, and PCC Elections
Thu 14th May Ascension Day
Sun 17th May Sunday of the Ascension of the Lord
Sun 24th May Pentecost: Whitsunday
Sun 31th May Trinity Sunday
Thu 4th June Corpus et Sanguinis Christi
Sun 7th June The Sunday of Corpus et Sanguinis Christi
Sun 14th June Rector's Sabbatical ends
Mon 24th August The Feast of S. Bartholomew, Apostle
Sun 30th August Observance of S. Bartholomew, Apostle:
Feast of Title
Sun 6th September Feast of Dedication of the Priory Church
Fri 9th September 20th Anniversary of Dr Dudley's Institution as Rector
Sun 20th September Founder's Day
Sun 4th October Feast of Our Lady's Appearance to Canon Hubert
Sun 18th October S. Luke the Evangelist
Sun 1st November All Saints' Day
Sun 8th November Remembrance Sunday
Sun 29th November Advent Sunday
Fri 25th December Christmas Day
Sun 27th December S. John, Apostle & Evangelist

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