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WEEKLY DIOCESAN BULLETIN

SUNDAY, JULY 23, 2017

SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST:
THE HOLY FORTY-FIVE MARTYRS OF NICOPOLIS, ARMENIA; THE VENERABLE ANTHONY
OF THE KIEV CAVES

RESURRECTIONAL TROPARION - TONE SIX:
The angelic powers were at Thy tomb, the guards became as dead men. Mary stood by Thy grave, seeking Thy most pure Body. Thou didst capture hell, not being tempted by it. Thou didst come to the Virgin, granting life. O Lord, who rose from the dead, Glory to Thee!

TROPARION TO THE FORTY-FIVE MARTYRS OF NICOPOLIS – TONE FOUR:  Your holy martyrs, O Lord, through their suffering have received incorruptible crowns from You, our God. For having Your strength, they laid low their adversaries, and shattered the powerless boldness of demons. Through their intercessions save our souls.

TROPARION TO THE VENERABLE ANTHONY OF THE KIEV CAVES – TONE FOUR:  Having departed from worldly tumults, in leaving the world you followed Christ according to the Gospel. You reached the quiet refuge of the Holy Mount Athos, living there a life equal to the angels. Therefore, with the blessing of the Fathers, you came to the Kievan hills. There having fulfilled a life loving of labors, you illumined your homeland. And having shown a multitude of monastics the pathway leading to the heavenly kingdom, you led them to Christ. Beseech him, O Venerable Anthony, that he may save our souls.

RESURRECTIONAL KONTAKION - TONE SIX: When Christ God, the Giver of Life, raised all of the dead from the valleys of misery with His mighty hand, He bestowed resurrection on the human race. He is the Savior of all, the Resurrection, the Life and God of all.

KONTAKION TO THE VENERABLE ANTHONY OF THE KIEV CAVES – TONE EIGHT:  From your youth you gave yourself to God whom you loved above all, O Venerable One; and in love you followed after him with your whole soul. Scorning the passing corruption of the world, you made a cave in the earth; and in it you struggled nobly facing the snares of the invisible enemy, while illumining the ends of the earth like a bright, shining sun. Therefore, with rejoicing you entered into the heavenly chambers. Standing now before the throne of the Master together with the angels, remember us who honor your holy memory that we may cry out to you: ‘Rejoice, Anthony our Holy Father.’

HYMN TO THE MOTHER OF GOD - TONE SIX: Steadfast Protectress of Christians and constant advocate before the Creator, do not despise the cry of us sinners; but in your goodness come speedily to help us who call on you in faith. Hasten to hear our petition and to intercede for us, O Theotokos, for you always protect those who honor you!

EPISTLE READING

PROKEIMENON IN TONE SIX:
O Lord, save Your people and bless Your inheritance!

SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST: ROMANS 15: 1-7
Brethren, we then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.” For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.

THE ALLELUIA VERSES:
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the heavenly God. He will say to the Lord: My Protector and my Refuge; my God, in whom I trust.

GOSPEL READING

SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST: MATTHEW 9: 27-35  At that time, two blind men followed Jesus, crying out and saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us!” And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.” And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, saying, “See that no one knows it.” But when they had departed, they spread the news about Him in all that country. As they went out, behold, they brought to Him a man, mute and demon-possessed. And when the demon was cast out, the mute spoke. And the multitudes marveled, saying, “It was never seen like this in Israel!” But the Pharisees said, “He casts out demons by the ruler of the demons.” Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

THE PROLOGUE FROM OHRID:
JULY 10/23, BY SAINT NIKOLAI VELIMIROVIC:

The Holy Forty-Five Martyrs: Leontius, Maurice, Alexander, Sisinius, and others
During the reign of the wicked Emperor Licinius, who ruled the eastern half of the Roman Empire, there was a great persecution of Christians. In Armenian Nicopolis, St. Leontius, with several of his friends, appeared before Lysius, the representative of Emperor Licinius, and he declared that they were Christians. “And where is your Christ?” Lysius asked. “Was He not crucified and did He not die?” To this St. Leontius replied: “Since you know that our Christ died, know also that He rose from the dead and ascended into heaven.” After a lengthy discussion about the Faith, Lysius scourged them and threw them into prison, where they were given neither food nor drink. A highborn Christian woman, Vlassiana, brought them water, handing it to them through the window of the prison. And an angel of God appeared to them to comfort and encourage them. When the time came for sentencing, two jailers appeared before Lysius as Christian converts, and many others as well, numbering forty-five in all. The judge sentenced all of them to death, ordering that their arms and legs be severed with an axe and their torsos then be thrown into the fire. This horrible punishment was carried out, and the souls of the holy martyrs took flight to their Lord, entering into eternal life. They suffered honorably and inherited the Kingdom in the year 319.

The Venerable Anthony of the Monastery of the Kiev Caves
The founder and father of monasticism in Russia, Anthony was born in the small town of Lyubech near Chernigov. At an early age he left his home and went to the Holy Mountain, where he was tonsured a monk and lived in asceticism in the Monastery of Esphigmenou. In obedience to a heavenly apparition, the abbot sent Anthony to Russia to establish monasticism there. Anthony chose a cave near Kiev. When those who were desirous of a monastic life gathered around him, he appointed Theodosius abbot, and he himself remained in the cave as a hesychast. Through the blessing of God, the monastery grew and became the mother of Russian monasticism. Anthony endured much evil from men and from demons, but he conquered all by his humility. He possessed a great gift of clairvoyance and of healing the sick. He reposed in the Lord in the year 1073, at the age of ninety, leaving his spiritual seedbed to bring forth good fruit throughout the ages for the Orthodox people of Russia.

The Translation of the Honorable Robe of our Lord Jesus Christ
At the time of the suffering of our Lord Jesus for mankind, there was among the ranks of the Roman army in Jerusalem a Georgian named Elioz from the town of Mtskheta. His mother had heard of Christ, and believed in Him in her heart. Seeing her son off to the army in Palestine, she had counseled him not to do anything against Christ. When the Lord was nailed to the Cross, the sound of the hammer on Golgotha reached the ears of Elioz’s mother in the town of Mtskheta. Hearing this sound, she cried out: “Woe is me, that I did not die before this time. Death would have rescued me from this dreadful sound!” And saying this, she fell dead. At that time Elioz was beneath the Cross, and with the other soldiers he was casting lots for the robe of Christ. He won the robe, and brought it to Mtskheta, giving it as a gift to his sister Sidonia. Hearing about the death of the Lord, and that her brother had been a participant in the shedding of innocent blood, she fell dead, holding the tunic of the Lord firmly in her hands, such that no one was able to tear it away and they were compelled to bury the tunic with her. A cedar tree sprouted from her grave and it poured forth a healing myrrh. In time, the cedar tree was cut down and carved into a pillar. At St. Nina’s prayers an angel raised this pillar, which blazed like a column of fire, over the grave, and it came to rest on the pedestal carved from the stump. King Mirian, upon being baptized, erected a church there, dedicating it to the Holy Apostles. In the year 1625, Shah Abbas took the robe and sent it to Moscow as a gift to Prince Michael Fyodorovich and Patriarch Philaret, and it was placed in the Cathedral of the Dormition in Moscow.

HYMN OF PRAISE: The mother of Elioz

The mother of Elioz counseled him:
“Elioz, O sight of my eyes,
Behold, you are entering the imperial army
Precisely in the land of my forefathers.

In that land, the King has appeared, 
Christ the Lord, awaited from of old—
The Savior, by the prophets foretold.

Word of His advent comes to Georgia;
He works miracles unseen till now!

And words like none before He speaks
Among men, establishing the Kingdom of God!
Talk of Him is everywhere!

Men and angels rejoice,
But this joy is darkened
By the malice of the Jewish elders,
Who want to kill Him—
And by this new curse, the people are oppressed.

But, my son, the sight of my eyes,
Do not partake of their sin,
Do not wet yourself in the Blood of the Just One.”

Time passed in its course;
At prayer one day, the mother, in spirit
Heard the hammer on the Cross,
And screamed as though in raging fire:
“O death, why did you not come to me sooner,
That I would not hear that awful sound?

It peals forth the death of the sinless Savior,
And a curse on the Jewish nation!

O Son, O Elioz,
Why did you ignore your mother?

Why did you help shed the blood of the Just One?”

Having said this, the lamenting mother
Fell to the ground and gave her soul to God.

REFLECTION
The thought of death is like a downpour of cold rain that extinguishes the fire of the passions. The Psalmist says: For when he dies he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him (Psalm 49:17). Who would not be ashamed when he sometimes sees among the unbelievers a better comprehension of our earthly nothingness than among some Christians? When Caliph Saladin died, in accordance with his last testament, a crier went before his coffin with a spear in his hand and with one of the emperor’s shirts on the spear, and he cried out: “The great Saladin, who conquered all of Asia, causing many nations to tremble before him, and who was victorious over emperors: behold, of all his glory and all his subjects, he takes nothing with him but this miserable shirt.”

CONTEMPLATION
Contemplate the miraculous appearance of God to Moses on Mount Sinai (Exodus 19):
1. How Moses climbed to the top of Mount Sinai and entered the darkness where God was;
2. How the light of God is so great that, before it, all of nature and her light become darkness;
3. How the heart of man is like Mount Sinai: in the darkness of the heart God encounters man.

HOMILY on the duties of spiritual shepherds
Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock (I Peter 5: 2-3).

Here are the precepts for shepherds of the flock of Christ. In a few words, the Holy Apostle Peter exposes the three terrible passions that can turn shepherds into wolves: the passion of pride (not by constraint), the passion of greed (not for filthy lucre), and the passion of power (neither as being lords over God’s heritage). In opposition to these pernicious passions, the apostle points out the three virtues which must adorn a shepherd of God’s flock: the virtue of the fear of God (willingly), the virtue of zeal (of a ready mind), and the virtue of service (being examples to the flock). The apostle gave these precepts not only as a teacher but also as a prophet. For the centuries have revealed two main types of shepherds: some, in their high position in the Church, have been guided by their passions: pride, greed, and lust for power; and others have been guided by the fear of God, by zeal, and by the model of service. The Church has suffered from the former, but has not perished, while they themselves have perished. From the latter, the Church has grown and advanced and shone forth in the world. The former are wolves and the latter are shepherds. The former are enemies of man and of God, and the latter are friends both of man and of God. Christ the Chief Shepherd will seek an accounting from the former and the latter concerning every sheep, that is, every human soul, and He will justly recompense each according to his deeds. Pride, greed and lust for power in the so-called shepherds will be rewarded with eternal fire, while the fear of God, mercy and service of the true shepherds will be rewarded with eternal rejoicing.

O Lord Jesus the Chief Shepherd, help the shepherds of Thy rational flock, that they may to the end fulfill the commandment of Thy holy apostle.

To Thee be glory and praise forever. Amen.

 

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SUNDAY, JULY 16, 2017

SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST: THE HOLY MARTYR HYACINTH; SAINT ANATOLIUS, PATRIARCH OF CONSTANTINOPLE

RESURRECTIONAL TROPARION - TONE FIVE: Let us, the faithful, praise and worship the Word, co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit; born for our salvation from the Virgin.  For He willed to be lifted up on the Cross in the flesh, to endure death, and to raise the dead by His glorious Resurrection.

TROPARION TO THE HOLY MARTYR HYACINTH – TONE FOUR: Your holy martyr Hyacinth, O Lord, through his suffering has received an incorruptible crown from You, our God.  For having Your strength, he laid low his adversaries, and shattered the powerless boldness of demons.  Through his intercessions, save our souls.

RESURRECTIONAL KONTAKION - TONE FIVE: You descended into hell, O my Savior, shattering its gates as Almighty; resurrecting the dead as Creator, and destroying the sting of death.  You have delivered Adam from the curse, O Lover of Mankind, and we all cry to You: O Lord, save us!

KONTAKION TO THE MARTYR HYACINTH – TONE TWO: Come, you faithful, plait a crown of unfading hyacinths today for the martyr Hyacinth, and let us cry to him: ‘Rejoice, glory of martyrs.’  

HYMN TO THE MOTHER OF GOD - TONE SIX: Steadfast Protectress of Christians and constant advocate before the Creator, do not despise the cry of us sinners; but in your goodness come speedily to help us who call on you in faith.  Hasten to hear our petition and to intercede for us, O Theotokos, for you always protect those who honor you!

EPISTLE READING

PROKEIMENON IN TONE FIVE: Thou, O Lord, shall protect us and preserve us from this generation forever!

SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST: ROMANS 12: 6-14
Brethren, having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them:  if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.  Let love be without hypocrisy.  Abhor what is evil.  Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.  Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

THE ALLELUIA VERSES: I will sing of Thy mercies, O Lord, forever; with my mouth I will proclaim Thy truth from generation to generation. Thou hast said: Mercy will be established forever, and My truth will be prepared in the heave ns.

GOSPEL READING

SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST: MATTHEW 9: 1-8
At that time, Jesus got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city.  Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed.  When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.”  And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!”  But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts?  For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’?  But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” - then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”  And he arose and departed to his house.  Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.

FROM THE PROLOGUE
JULY 3/16, BY SAINT NIKOLAI VELIMIROVIC

The Holy Martyr Hyacinth
A young man and a courtier at the court of Emperor Trajan, Hyacinth was a secret Christian. Once, when Emperor Trajan and his entire court solemnly offered sacrifices to the idols, Hyacinth refrained from this abominable activity. For that he was accused and brought before the emperor to be judged. The emperor counseled him to deny Christ and offer sacrifices to the idols. But Hyacinth remained as firm as a diamond and said to the emperor: “I am a Christian and I honor Christ. I worship Him, and to Him alone do I offer myself as a living sacrifice.” Beaten, spat upon and flayed, this holy martyr was thrown into prison. By order of the emperor, he was given nothing to eat except sacrifices offered before the idols. Hyacinth refused to partake of them and died in prison after eight days. Then the prison guards saw two radiant angels in the prison. One angel covered the body of the martyred Hyacinth with his radiant vesture, and the other placed a glorious wreath on his head. And the entire prison was illuminated and fragrant. The youthful Hyacinth suffered honorably and was crowned with eternal glory in the year 108.  

Saint Anatolius, Patriarch of Constantinople
Anatolius was at first a presbyter in the Church at Alexandria, but following the death of Patriarch Flavian, he was elevated to the patriarchal throne of Constantinople, in the year 449. During his time, the throne of Constantinople was recognized as equal to the throne of Rome, by the Ecumenical Council in Chalcedon in 451. He struggled greatly for the purity of the Orthodox Faith and suffered much at the hands of the heretics, until he was slain by them in the year 458, during the reign of Leo the Great. Anatolius governed the Church for nearly nine years, and took up his heavenly habitation among the holy hierarchs in the Kingdom of God.  

The Venerable Alexander
Alexander was born in Asia and educated in Constantinople. After the completion of his schooling, he devoted himself to military service and became an officer. Reading Holy Scripture, he came across the words of the Savior: If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow Me (Matthew 19:21). These words had such an effect on Alexander that he immediately sold and distributed all that he had, and withdrew into the wilderness. After long ascetic struggles and labors in purifying himself, he established the Monastery of the Sleepless Ones, with a special rule. According to this rule, the divine services in his community were carried on night and day without interruption. The brotherhood was divided into relays. Each relay knew its appointed hours of the day and night, and went to church to continue the reading and singing of the preceding relay. Carrying nothing with him, Alexander traveled much throughout the eastern regions, enlightening men with the Faith of Christ, disputing with heretics, working miracles by the grace of God, and growing old in service to the Lord. He finally ended his earthly life in the year 430, in Constantinople—where his relics manifested the miraculous power and glory through which God glorifies His holy servants.  

The Venerable Isaiah the Recluse
Isaiah lived a life of asceticism at Scetis in Egypt, during the fifth and sixth centuries. He is mentioned in the book of Saints Barsanuphius and John (Answer 249 and others) as a man possessing exceptional sanctity. He wrote many instructions for monks and anchorites. But very few of his writings remain, many having been destroyed by the Moslems. St. Isaiah said: “The mind, before it awakens from the sleep of slothfulness, resides with the demons.” “The crown of all good works consists in this: that a man place all his hope in God, that he find recourse in Him once and for all with all his heart and strength, that he be filled with compassion for all, and that he weep before God, imploring His help and mercy.” What is the sign to a man that a certain sin is forgiven? “The sign that a sin is forgiven is that the sin does not generate any activity in your heart and that you have forgotten it to such a degree that, in conversation about a similar sin, you do not feel any inclination toward that sin, but rather consider it something totally foreign to you. That is the sign that you are completely pardoned.” Prayer and asceticism are in vain for a man who conceals within himself malice toward his neighbor and the desire for revenge. “Watch with all your strength that you do not speak one thing with your mouth and have something else in your heart.” “The crown of good works is love; the crown of the passions is the justification of one’s sins.” 

HYMN OF PRAISE: Saint Alexander
Venerable Alexander, saint of God,
Established the temple of the Sleepless Ones, a holy monastery,
That in it the Lord might be glorified, hymned and magnified.

The story of this holy monastery still carries on.

Even in our hearts, the community of heaven lives—
You must glorify the Living God in your heart.

In our hearts, let sleepless prayer be counted;
Let unquenchable love stand as a flame,
Let the Holy Spirit warm our hearts with grace,
Let Christ sow His words throughout our hearts,
And let the angels in that temple keep vigil day and night.

Farther from us, farther from them, let the furious ones hide.

Let the Holy Virgin exude myrrh in that temple,
And with her, include the apostles and all of the saints,
And all the chosen ones of God—glorious martyrs,
And all virgins for the sake of Christ, and all hermits.

In our hearts, let the Liturgy be served,
And let the Wisdom of God be magnified unremittingly.  

REFLECTION
Love is all-powerful. It can, among other things, ease the lot of the souls of deceased sinners. The Orthodox Church confirms this resolutely, and endeavors on behalf of the deceased to offer prayers and perform works of mercy. Abundantly rich in every spiritual experience, the Church knows that prayers and works of mercy on behalf of the deceased help those in the other world. Before her death, St. Athanasia the Abbess (April 12) made her sisterhood promise that, for forty days after her death, they would prepare a table for the poor and needy. The sisterhood carried out her command for only ten days and then ceased. The saint then appeared, in the company of two angels, and said to the sisters: “Why have you transgressed my commandment? Know that God’s mercy is invoked by works of mercy and by the prayers of the priest for the souls of the deceased, over the course of forty days. If the souls of the departed are sinful, they receive through this forgiveness of sins from God—and if they are not sinful, then the works of mercy performed for them serve to aid the salvation of the benefactor himself.” Naturally, works of mercy and prayer are thought of here in connection with great love toward the departed souls. In truth, such works of mercy and prayer do help.  

CONTEMPLATION

Contemplate the miraculous transformation of the rod into a serpent, and again, the serpent into the rod (Exodus 4):

1. How the Lord, Who created the serpent and the rod from dust, can— by His own power, and for the sake of higher goals—transform the dead into the living, and the living into the dead;

2. How the Lord can, according to my faith and prayer, return my soul (withered and deadened by sin) to life.  

HOMILY on the joy of faith in Christ

Whom having not seen, ye love; in Whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory (I Peter 1:8).

These are the words of the Holy Apostle Peter. He saw the Lord and loved Him. He looked at the Lord and believed in Him. Precisely because of that, he praises the love of those who have not seen the Lord and the faith of those who have not seen Him with their eyes. Our Lord Himself said: Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed (John 20:29). Blessed are they who have not seen the Lord as the apostle saw Him, but nevertheless love Him with apostolic love. Blessed are they who have not seen the Lord as the apostle saw Him, but nevertheless believe in Him with apostolic faith!

O my brethren, even if we do not see the Lord, we see His works, which have enlightened the entire history of mankind, from one end to the other, and have illumined every created thing under the heavens with a spiritual significance. Even if we do not see the Lord, we see His Holy Church—built upon His All-holy and Pure Blood—of the great number of saints and righteous ones and the countless souls baptized in His name throughout the ages of ages. Even if we do not see the Lord face-to-face, as the apostles saw Him, we believe that He is among us in the Body and Blood which we receive according to His commandment; and in receiving His Body and Blood we rejoice with unspeakable joy.

Brethren, the Lord is alive and the Lord is near! That is our unwavering faith, and that is the spark of fire that ignites our hearts into a flame of love for the Lord, living and near.

To know that, out of love, the Lord our Creator descended to the earth, and revealed Himself as a man for our sake, and to further know that He was dead and that He showed himself alive—what stronger foundation does our faith need, and what stronger justification does our love require?

Brethren, the Lord is alive and near. Even in our own day. He reveals Himself to many righteous souls who serve Him with patience.

O Living Lord, Thou Who wast dead and art alive, enliven in us faith and love until our last breath on earth—that by faith and love we may be made worthy to see Thee face-to-face, as did Thy holy apostles.

To Thee be glory and praise forever. Amen.

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Life According
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Biography of Bishop Mardarije
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Alyina Vorobeyeva's
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Saint Luke of Crimea
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Welcoming the Christ Child: Family Readings for the Nativity Lent by Elissa Bjeletich. Journey through the Old Testament with 40 wonderfully illustrated Bible readings, one for each
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Synodality - A Forgotten and Misapprehended Vision
Reflections from the
Holy and Great Council of 2016

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History, Truth, Holiness 

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