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New Encouragements in Greece

Archdeacon Colin Williams was in Greece for the weekend of 11th-14th October for the Licensings of two new priests. On Friday 12th he was in Crete for the Licensing of the Revd. Canon Bruce Bryant-Scott as the Assistant Chaplain with responsibility for Crete (St. Thomas’s, Kefalas). On Sunday 14th The Revd. James Harris was Licensed as Asst. Chaplain at St. Paul’s Athens.

Fr. James will work in Athens and Greece for one year. In Crete, Fr. Leonard the Senior Chaplain preached  and Archdeacon Colin preached in Athens (see website for the text).

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“Mouse on Mars” at St Paul’s on Monday 22nd October 2018

Mouse on Mars are an electronic music duo formed in Germany in 1993, consisting of Jan St. Werner from Köln, and Andi Toma from Düsseldorf. Their music is a blend of electronic genres including but not limited to IDMdubkrautrockbreakbeat, and ambient, featuring heavy use of organic analog synth and cross-frequency modulation. Their music also features live instrumentation including stringshornsdrumsbass and guitar.

Mouse on Mars is recognised as one of Germany’s most defining and versatile electronic music projects.

On Monday the 22nd October 2018, the duo will present an audio-visual show where part of their recordings will be presented

Organized by Arte Atene and Groove Productions

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XIX Choral Evensong at St Paul’s Anglican Church Athens

The 19th Choral Evensong with Scola Cantorum will take place on Sunday 28th October 2018 at 6.30pm.

Collegium & Cappella Sancti Pauli conducted by Iason Marmaras

Minister: The Reverend Canon Leonard Doolan

free admission, discretionary donation

 

The Renaissance Choral Evensong services at St Paul’s are organised by the Schola Cantorum Sancti Pauli, the Athens Centre for Early Music, and St Paul’s Anglican Church.

The choir Cappella Sancti Pauli, under the direction of Iason Marmaras, sing a series of Choral Evensong services that aim to revive the musical and liturgical practice at Cathedrals and Chapels during the Renaissance, but also the experience that musicians had of this music at those times, looking at the music as a functional part of the liturgy, rather than as a building-block for concerts.

 

More information at:  schola.gr/19,     www.scholacantorum.gr

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Kantorei St Lamberti, Hildesheim, Germany

An ensemble from Germany with a choir of 30 persons and an orchestra of 10
One hour programme entitled “Dona Nobis Pacem” (Peace on earth)
Programme:
Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Messe di Minuit, H.9
J. S. Bach, Double violin concerto, BWV 1043
W.A.Mozart, Laudate Dominum for Choir and Orchestra, K.339
Time: 19.00 hrs
Admission:  Free but donation required

 

Anglican Church Athens Harvest Festival

St PAUL’s Harvest Festival Celebration

Sunday 21st  October at the Ktima Kokotou Winery.
Please note there will be NO service at St Paul’s on that day.

(Everyone – and not just members of the Chaplaincy – most welcome and gifts of dried or tinned goods for the Sisters of Mercy will be gratefully received)

Harvest Eucharist 11:00
Followed by Wine Tasting at approx 12:30
Harvest Lunch from 1:30,

Tickets: 15 euros per person (10 euros children 3—10 years, toddlers free).  (Family Ticket – 2 Adults + 2 Children 3 – 10 years –  40 Euros.)  All proceeds to the Greater Athens Anglican Chaplaincy. Athens area tickets available from Lynn Stavrou.

In memory of Janet Halvantzi, her family have paid for a bus (which will be free of charge) to pick people up OPPOSITE St. Paul’s, Filellinon Street, departing PROMPTLY at 09.45hrs on the Sunday morning. Please ensure you are there in good time to avoid missing the coach. We will be unable to wait due to time constraints. We will depart from Semeli at 3.45 p.m. to return to St. Paul’s.

If you /your family / friends would like to travel by bus, please could you add your name to the sign-up sheet at the back of Church. RESERVED SEATING WILL CLOSE ON SUNDAY, 14TH OCTOBER.

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Report of the Anglican Church in Athens to the Archdeaconry Synod

Our Archdeacon, Colin Williams, has asked all members of the Archdeaconry Synod, to write a report on the activities of the Chaplaincy over the past year.

Here is our report – and what a busy year it has been! We hope you enjoy reading it and that it will encourage you to come and join us for a service, or one of our bazaars or a concert.

 

Report from the Anglican Church in Greece

 

(St. Andrew’s Corfu and St. Thomas’s Crete will present their own reports as they have Synod Members)

Note:  The  legalization of the Church in Greece was completed towards the time of Synod 2017. The new procedures required of us have been put to the test with the appointment of a new Assistant Chaplain to Crete, further complicated by the fact that he is from outside the EU. The Board of the Anglican Church in Greece is due to meet later in the Autumn for its required annual meeting.

The order in which the following are placed has no bearing on their relative importance!

St. Paul’s Athens

  1. We continue to have a Sunday Liturgy at 10.15am every Sunday. As there is only one priest available, occasionally this service has to be a Liturgy of the Word, conducted either by Deacon Christine Saccali, or Reader Sherry Angelis. Our attendances at the 10.15am Liturgy are gradually increasing, which is very pleasing. The congregation is a mix of British women married to Greeks, individuals or families in Athens for short periods of work or teaching/study time, Africans (currently from South Africa, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Kenya) and their families, occasional refugees (from Iran, Syria, China, and political refugees from Turkey), some Greeks who are generally disaffected with the Greek Orthodox Church, and a constant stream of tourists, pilgrims and visitors. Apart from holiday times the congregation numbers are often in the 90’s.

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Sermon preached after the devastating fires of East Attica

Trinity 9 (29th July 2018)  2 Kings 4, 42-44; Ephesians 3, 14-21; John 6, 1-21   (Preached in St. Paul’s Athens)

 

Revd. Canon Leonard Doolan, Senior Chaplain, Greece.

 

When a priest asks an elderly man why he comes into church for a time each day, the elderly man  says, ‘Sometimes I sit and pray. Sometimes I just sit.  ’Sometimes I sit and pray. Sometimes I just sit.’

The three readings set for our liturgy today have a common theme, namely the abundance of God. God is the great and generous provider, offering to humanity more than we could ever ask or deserve.

A  hymn so wonderfully says, Finest bread I will provide, till their hearts are satisfied.

In the first reading Elisha is faced with a dilemma. How can he feed a hundred people with insufficient grain to make the bread? God says,’ Let them eat. They shall eat and have some left.’

God is indeed a God of bounty and of endless generosity.

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QUEENS’ COLLEGE CAMBRIDGE CHOIR SING AT ST PAUL’S

Janet and Harry Anathassopoulou

 

On Friday July 20th the choir of Queens’ College Cambridge University visited Athens and gave a concert at St. Paul’s Anglican Church. For all us who were lucky enough to be there it was a beautiful and uplifting evening. The choir of male and female voices was conducted by Ralph Allwood MBE. His introduction to each piece was always amusing and informative and heightened our anticipation.

 

The programme included music from the 16th to the 20th Century. The composers ranged from Italian, Spanish, French, German, English and Australian to Irish. The concert began with four 16th Century Latin Chants. The type of music that can transport one to another plane. Perfect pitch and perfect harmony. As the choirmaster had said at the start, although such music is often sad, it is this very sadness that lifts our soul! One well known piece, that most of us knew, was “Song for Athene” by John Tavener. Even if not known by name, it was the song sung at Diana Princess of Wales’ funeral. Sad and beautiful it drew a “bravo” from the audience.

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“Ad Clerum” – Bishop Robert writes to the Congregations of the Diocese in Europe

Trinity Season 2018

AD CLERUM

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As a choirboy in the 1960s, I used to amuse myself during what felt like interminable sermons by flicking through the pages of the Book of Common Prayer. I quickly formed the view that, after the exciting events of Christmas, Epiphany, Easter and Whitsun the author’s imagination had run out when it came to the Trinity season. So we had a succession of Sundays ‘after Trinity’ from the first, the second, the third…right up to the twenty-fifth until things restart in Advent. All very dull and boring.

These days, I see it differently. The celebration of Trinity Sunday draws together the divine activity in creation and redemption made known through the threefold action of God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Human beings are incorporated into this life through faith and baptism in the name of the Trinity. Our lives are to be patterned individually and corporately upon a God who makes himself known as a diverse unity. And so all human life is lived as a series of events ‘after Trinity’ until the last great day when God in his Advent makes all things new.

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The Choir of Queens’ College Cambridge University 20th July 2018

The Choir of the Chapel of Queens’ College Cambridge will be performing at St Paul’s on Friday 20th July 2018 at 20.30 hrs.  Admission free.

Queens’ College Choir

Queens’ College Choir is one of the leading mixed-voice choirs in Cambridge. While twentieth-century music forms the core of the choir’s repertoire, the choir increasingly performs Baroque and contemporary music, reflecting the specialisms of the Director of Music. The choir is regularly joined by a group of student instrumentalists, the Queens’ Chapel Players, enabling the liturgical performance of concerted music. The Choir’s CD recordings have attracted widespread critical acclaim. Their most recent disc, ‘For the Wings of a Dove: Music of Supplication and Hope’, is based on settings of the psalms and includes Mendelssohn’s famous setting of Psalm 51, ‘Hear my prayer’. In recent years the Choir has performed in Hong Kong, Switzerland, France, Germany, Southern Italy, Belgium, Hungary and the USA.

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St Paul’s Spring Bazaar

Saturday 26th May dawned bright and fair. Despite it being a holiday weekend we were hoping for a good attendance at the Bazaar.

The stallholders arrived early to set out their goods, and the bunting and Union Jacks were hung up around the perimeter of the Church to add a colourful flavour to the proceedings and to advertise this particularly “British” occasion.

By 11.00 people were queuing up at the gate to get in.  Fr Leonard rang the bell and the gate was opened!  There was an immediate rush to the Jewellery Stall where the three Ladies had their hands full keeping up with the sales.  The Book Stall also did brisk business and soon all the other stalls were busy selling.

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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25th May 2018.  Please read below our Privacy Policy.

 

The Chaplaincy Council (CC) of St Paul’s Anglican Church Athens

  1. Your personal data – what is it?

Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data.  Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller’s possession or likely to come into such possession. The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”).

  1. Who are we?

The CC ST Paul’s  is the data controller (contact details below).  This means it decides how your personal data is processed and for what purposes.

  1. How do we process your personal data?

The CC of St Paul’s Anglican Church Athens, complies with its obligations under the “GDPR” by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.

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Historic visit of HRH Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall to Athens

HRH Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall flew into Athens on Wednesday 9th May at the invitation of the President of Greece, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, for an historic three-day visit to Athens and Crete – the first State visit by a member of the Royal Family since the Second World War.

After arriving on Wednesday afternoon, Charles and Camilla headed to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Syntagma Square  where the Prince laid a wreath to remember the unknown and missing casualties of war.

Later on they met with President Prokopis Pavlopoulos at the Presidential Mansion and then with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. They also met with Mr Kostis Dimtisas, the General Manager of Apostoli, the Charitable arm of the Orthodox Church, and friend of the Anglican Church in Athens.  On Wednesday evening the President hosted a glamorous banquet in their honour.

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St Paul’s Spring Bazaar May 26th 2018

Our annual Spring Bazaar will be held in the grounds of St Paul’s on Saturday 26th May between 1100 -1500 hrs

Stock up on your reading books for your beach holiday, or find the dvd of the movie you keep missing.  Peruse our bric a brac stall for bargains and take a look at the beautiful jewellery on sale. Good quality nearly new clothes, Jams & preserves and British Tea and Commemorative items will be available.

when you have finished shopping, take the weight off your feet with our delicious refreshments and have a beer or a soft drink or even a glass of Sangria!

Do come along and support St Paul’s.  All proceeds go towards supporting the Chaplaincy and its outreach.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Finnish Duo enhance our Sunday Worship

On the morning before the last concert of our very successful 15th Spring Organ Series, we were delighted to welcome Hannu Niemelä, baritone, accompanied by Pauli Pietiläinen on the Organ, who sung the  beautiful ‘Finnish prayer’ by Taneli Kuusisto, at the end of our morning worship.   Roughly translated, the Finnish Prayer means:  “Bless and preserve us by your Hand. Lead us on the right way, give us strength. You have  all the Power and Spirit.”

The congregation sat spellbound as Hannu’s beautiful voice filled the church to the rafters and at the end they received a well-deserved round of applause.

We are very grateful to the Finnish Institute for their support for our final concert of the Series, and we hope that all visitors to our Website will keep a look out next year for details of our 16th Spring Organ Series.

For more information regarding Pauli Pietiläinen and Hannu Niemelä, please click Here.

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Spring Bazaar Saturday 26th May 2018 11.00hrs – 15.00hrs

Our Annual Spring Bazaar will be held in the garden of St Paul’s Church on Saturday 26th May 2018, between 11.00 hrs and 15.00 hrs.

Come and browse our varied stalls and then sit in the pleasant surroundings and partake of some home-made refreshments whilst chatting to friends.

This is always a very happy occasion for all the family and we look forward to welcoming you.

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The 15th Spring Organ Series Sunday 6th May 2018

Bach goes to town

The final concert of the 15th Spring Organ Series 2018 will take place on  Sunday 6th May 2018 at 2030 hrs. Presenting the Finnish organist Pauli Pietiläinen, who along with the singers Lida Dimitriadi and Hannu Niemelä will give the audience a contemporary version of appeal and faith through works that are heard for the first time in Greece.

Tickets: 12 euros
Information/ Tickets: 39 Panepistimou Avenue
Stoa Pesmatzoglou, Athens, Public stores

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Edinburgh University Renaissance Singers

On Sunday 15th April 2018  St Paul’s Anglican Church Athens is proud to present,

The Edinburgh University Renaissance singers :

Come Woeful Orpheus

An evening of  Renaissance Choral Music from around Europe, Directed by Noel O’Regan.

Music by Byrd, Lassus, Monteverdi and Shutz.

Time: 8.30pm

Entrance Free

Retiring collection for the Church

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The 13th Renaissance Choral Evensong at St Paul’s

The 13th Choral Evensong will take place on Sunday 1st April 2018

Programme:

Preces • William Byrd (1538–1623)

Respons • Thomas Tallis (c. 1505–1585)

Magnificat & Nunc dimittis • Byrd; John Merbecke (c. 1510 – c. 1585)

Psalm :: 114 • Byrd; Edward Blanks (fl. ca. 1600)

Anthem :: Christ rising again • Thomas Tomkins (1572–1656)

Sung by the Collegium & Cappella Sancti Pauli under the direction of Iason Marmaras,

leading the Worship Revd. Canon Leonard Doolan

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Schola Sanctorum Sancti Pauli

The Schola Cantorum Sancti Pauli is unique as a school for Renaissance and Baroque polyphony in Greece. Founded by its current director Iason Marmaras in 2016, it works closely with the Centre for Early Music of the Athens Conservatoire and St. Paul’s to provide its Scholares with a high-level education in the singing of polyphony through monthly lectures, rehearsals and performances.

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First Sunday in Lent 2018

Canon Leonard Doolan

 

We begin another journey through Lent. Our gospel reading reminds us again, as it does every year, why we set aside these forty days – kali sarakosti – which culminates for us in the Great and Holy Week and the mystery of the cross.

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Clean Monday

Today we celebrate καθαρή-δευτέρα (Clean Monday). It is a public holiday in Greece and Cyprus where it is celebrated with outdoor excursions, the consumption of shellfish and other fasting food, a special kind of bread eaten only on that day, named ‘Lagana” (Greek λαγνα) and the widespread custom of flying kites. Eating meat, eggs and dairy products is traditionally forbidden to Orthodox Christians throughout Lent, with fish being eaten only on major feast days, but shellfish is permitted in European denominations. This has created the tradition of eating elaborate dishes based on seafood (shellfish, molluscs, fish roe etc). Traditionally, it is considered to mark the beginning of the spring season.

All around Greece the local bakers have been up all night to prepare the thousands of loaves which will be consumed today. Many bakers enhance the traditional Lagana with Olives, Onion or Garlic to accompany the delicious food that will be eaten today.READ MORE

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Lent, Holy Week and Easter 2018 at St Paul’s Athens

There will be plenty of opportunity for worship and prayer during this Season of Lent at St Paul’s. Please find below details of the main events.

Ash Wednesday – 14th February: Holy Liturgy at 10.00am

Tuesdays in Lent: Hour of Silent Prayer in St. Paul’s. Dates: Feb 20th, March 6th, March 13th, March 20th, March 27th

Wednesdays in Lent: Holy Liturgy at 10.00am followed at 10.30am by a short Lent Study Group ‘All Things are Possible’ This course is prepared by USPG and focuses on the 5 International Development Goals. Dates: Feb 21st ; March 7th; March 21st; March 28th.

Thursdays in Lent: A 1 hour Bible Study at the Chaplain’s Apartment 7.00pm -8.00pm Feb 22nd; March 8th; March 15th; March 22nd.

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Bishop’s Lent Appeal 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

BISHOP’S LENT APPEAL 2018

Sustaining a Ministry of Hope for Refugees in the Calais area of France

I send you this appeal on the day when we remember the Presentation of Christ in the Temple. In all the fragility of human flesh, the baby who had been born far from home and laid in a manger is presented by his proud young parents in the Jerusalem Temple. It is a day when we especially recall the immense dignity of human nature. God not only makes human beings in his image, but redeems them by taking human nature upon himself.READ MORE

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Community Connect Northern Suburbs celebrates the New Year

On the Third Wednesday of January our Community Connect Northern Suburbs met to celebrate the New Year by the cutting of the Traditional Vassilopitta, New Year’s Cake.  Tradition has it that a coin is hidden inside the cake when it is baked, and whoever finds the coin in their slice when it is cut, is considered to have good luck for the coming year.

Community Connect Northern Suburbs, based in Kifissia, has been going for over six years and was the idea of our Deacon Chris Saccali.  She recognised that there was need for friends in the Northern Suburbs to be able to meet up occasionally and share news over a cup of coffee, preferably somewhere central. READ MORE

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15th Spring Organ Series Concerts

The 15th Spring Organ Series of Concerts will take place at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Athens, from Sunday 18th March 2018 until Sunday 6th May 2018.

Under the auspices of our Musical Director and Organist, MsChristina Antoniadou, BMus, MMus, LRAM (Graduate RAM & RSAMD), these series of concerts have become part of the musical life of this City. SOS is one of the longest music festivals in Athens and unique of its genre in Greece, bringing world premieres and uniting artists from many continents (Europe, Australia, South America).  The calibre and breadth of the concerts is a testament of the high regard with which Christina is held in music circles.

We hope you will make a note of the dates and come along to one, if not all, of the concerts.

For all enquiries regarding the Spring Organ Series, please contact Christina Antoniadou christina_antoniadou@yahoo.gr

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Community Connect Athens

Community Connect Athens has been running for many years as a monthly Coffee Morning whereby members of the community can meet up in a warm and safe place to comfortably sit, chat and have a cup of coffee and a slice or two of cake.  Anyone is welcome and many people who find it difficult to get out on a daily basis make a special effort to come to these Coffee Mornings and catch up on all the latest gossip and news.

More often than not we have a Raffle for 50 cents a number or Mini Bingo for two euro a game, and someone will always be seated on the “Lucky Chair’! Special occasions during the year are marked with a themed decoration or cake –New Year – Cutting of the Vasilopita (New Year’s Cake), Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween and of course Christmas – Cutting of the Christmas Cake.  Birthdays are also celebrated in a spirit of warmth and friendship.READ MORE

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Divine concerts in the church. ‘Athinorama’ praises the depth & variety of St Paul’s concerts.

For some years now the Anglican church of St. Paul’s has been one of the most interesting concert venues, mainly for classical music. The last two years electronic or pop mood music has also been held there, making it one of the main attractions for the fans of contemporary music.

It might not draw the attention as one passes outside, on the corner of Filellinon and Amalias street, but the inside of St. Paul’s is certainly compelling with the light refracted through the impressive stained glass windows and the music which can be played on the oldest church organ in our country. This is the reason why for many years concerts for classical music have been traditionally held in this historical church in the centre of Athens and also at specific times of the year, like the spring cycles of organ concerts.READ MORE

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Sunday Sermon | 21 January 2018

I once saw and interesting clip on television. Someone stood still in a public square and looked upwards, staring into the sky. It wasn’t long until others stopped and gazed upwards, or glanced skyward to see what it was that others were staring at. Maybe I should try it in Syntagma some time.

We are now in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – always a challenging week in many respects. The Christian church is a kaleidoscope of different expressions.READ MORE

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Happy New Year!

Community Connect Athens met for the first time in 2018 last Wednesday. Greetings of ‘Chronia Polla’, and ‘Happy New Year’ filled the air and the Vassilopitta was cut producing not just one but two lucky winners of the Golden Coin which, according to tradition, brings a year of good luck. 

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First coffee morning of 2018

The first Community Connect Coffee Morning of 2018 will take place next Wednesday 10th January at the Swedish Centre, Diadalou 18, Plaka Athens, between 10.30 – 12.30 hrs.

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Nativity Play

This morning, Sunday 24th December, was the first time in many years that there was a Nativity Play in St. Paul’s Athens.

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Christmas 2017

We often expect to see some good films over the Christmas period. I find that a really good film has deep, almost hidden religious themes, and these are enlightening. Maybe not all film directors realize this. Something new about faith can be learnt from a good movie. This was in my mind yesterday. Lynne and I had decided to go and see Paddington. It has had great reviews. I thought there could well be something I could learn before preparing my sermon for this morning.

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Midnight Mass – Christmas 2017

On December 21st 1968 Apollo 8 lifted off for its journey to the moon. Frank Borman was the senior astronaut. As they circled the moon in their tiny space module we were given the most incredible first real pictures of the earth from outer space.

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Advent 3 | Thessaloniki

Is 61, 1-4, 8-end; 1 Thess 5, 16-24; John 1, 6-8, 19-28  (Canon LW Doolan)

It is not always a positive thing to be defined by what you are not. There is something of the protest in that type of approach. Protest is something I now have to live with. Being in the centre of Athens, as many of you will know, is a constant series of protests which brings a good deal of disruption in its wake.READ MORE

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The 64th Christmas Bazaar | Sunday 26th November 2017

As we cautiously opened our shutters on Sunday morning we heaved a sigh of relief to see blue sky and sunshine.  This was a good omen for the rest of the day!

At 7.30am Nigel Daniels and his band of merry men met at the Church to attend to the herculean task of loading everything that had been collected at the Church during the previous week, onto the back of a lorry for transportation to Aegli Zappiou restaurant where the Bazaar was to be held. They then went over to Aegli to unload all the goods again and take them to their respective stalls.READ MORE

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Remembrance Sunday at St Paul’s

On Sunday 12th November, Her Excellency Kate Smith CMG, British Ambassador to Greece, together with several other Ambassadors and Diplomatic Dignitaries, attended the Annual Service of Remembrance at St Paul’s Church.

A wreath of Poppies was laid upon the Altar at the start of the service which included the hymns “Praise my soul”, “Eternal Father strong to save”, “Blest are the pure in heart”, “O God our help in ages past”, and “Now thank we all our God”.READ MORE

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Handel’s Messiah Singalong

“Hallelujah!” St Paul’s Anglican Church, Athens is delighted to invite you to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season by coming to the ‘Singalong Messiah’, which will be performed for the seventh year on Sunday December 10th at 8.00 pm. READ MORE

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Remembrance Sunday 2017 | Sermon

Our Anglican Lectionary guides us in a particular direction this morning. It would seem we are to consider Wisdom. Not only have we a reading from the Book of Wisdom, but we have, in our second reading, a parable of Our Lord, about the foolishness and wisdom of some virgins.

Wisdom, Sophia, is a powerful theme that runs through the Old Testament scriptures in its own distinctive genre of literature and is developed into the Christian era. A word of wisdom is particularly associated with the desert Abba or Amma. On this Remembrance Sunday I propose that we stay with wisdom as our theme.READ MORE

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Remembrance Sunday 2017

St Paul’s Anglican Church Athens will be holding its annual Remembrance Day Service on Sunday 12th November 2017 at 10.15 hrs.

Prayers will be said for the dead of the Two World Wars, as well as all subsequent wars and a wreath of poppies will be laid on the Alter.

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All Saints Sunday 2017

1 John 3, 1-3; Rev 7, 9-end; Matthew 5, 1-12

I have a confession to make. I am absolutely hopeless sin understanding how to use new technology. I feel not so much like a Luddite, which is like an iconoclast, but more like a dinosaur, which is prehistoric.

I can email, and like to email. My mobile phone can receive my emails as well. This is big step forward for me. I can take pictures on my phone – but I don’t know how to forward them  to anyone else, so they just sit there in my photo gallery. I can text with my phone, though my fingers are too clumsy, so I often accidentally send off a message when I’m only half way through it.READ MORE

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St Paul’s Harvest Festival – Sunday 22nd October 2017

Last Sunday, the congregation of St Paul’s made a ‘marathon’ effort to reach the coach taking them up to the Kokotos Winery in Stamata, Northern Athens, to celebrate their Harvest Festival.

There, in the Sunshine, surrounded by Vines, we gave thanks and sang praise to our Creator for his Creation. During the Service Fr Leonard gave a sermon in which he said that Harvest reminds us of our relationship both to Creation and to the Creator. Read the full text of the sermon here.READ MORE

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To all our friends at St Paul’s and beyond

The time has come for Olga and myself not to say a final ‘goodbye’ but rather a heartfelt ‘au revoir’. It has been a long and at times demanding sojourn in Athens. There have been moments of frustration and anxiety but these have been over ridden by so much that was sheer delight and joy. If asked as to whether or not we would do it all over again then we would firmly say, ‘Yes’.READ MORE

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Trinity 18 2017 | Harvest Sermon

I have not been in the Peloponnese since 1978. I sailed by ferry from  Italy to Patras, and then on to Athens for three weeks study at the British School (of Archaology and Topography). From the School we visited Mycenae, Epidavros, Olympia and Korinth. So after such a long time it is good to be back.

There is a legend, of course, about a monk called St. Regulus, who visited Patras and took possession of some of the bones of St. Andrew and transported them to the east coast of Scotland, giving the name to the town and later the University of St. Andrews. This year the university celebrates its 600th anniversary, and it was my first university. So some little connections!

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Trinity 18 2017 | St. Paul’s Athens

Isiaiah 25, 1-9; Philippians 4, 1-9; Matt 22, 1-14

 

Many years ago I was a Team Rector in North East Suffolk. Lynne and I lived in a small market town called Halesworth  near to Southwold famous for its Adnams beer, and Adnams is a very good wine supplier as well. I recommend the Adnams ‘Fizz’ which friends from Suffolk used to bring us as a present when we were in Crawley and Cirencester.

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St. Paul’s Harvest Festival

The Harvest Festival celebration takes places on Sunday 18th October at the Kokotos Estate, Semeli Str., Stamata, Attica 145 75. We warmly invite you to join us in celebrating this year’s harvest in the winery’s beautiful surroundings.READ MORE

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Wedding

Natalia and Christian Reihe celebrate with a blessing of their marriage in St. Paul’s church, Athens. In the short homily, picking up phrase from a poem called ‘Someone’ Fr. Leonard developed the idea that love is about the heart in communion with the heart, and that this is how we connect to the heart of God’s love for us.READ MORE

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Trinity 14 2017 | St. Paul’s Athens

Matthew 18, 21-36

Today the Church of England remembers the Battle of Britain. Between  1940 and 1941 the Royal Air Force fought the Luftwaffe against very heavy odds in a period commonly called ‘the blitz’. London, Portsmouth, Bath, Coventry, the Clyde in Glasgow – all these and more suffered from the bombing campaign of Germany. In September  of that same year RAF Bomber command began a series of night raids over Germany that marked a turning point in the war with Germany as the RAF disrupted German plans to invade Britain in what was known as Operation Sea Lion.

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Baptisms

On Sunday 20th August, Baby Zoe Athena Constantidis was welcomed into our congregation as she was baptised at St Paul’s. We send her and her family our congratulations and ask everyone to keep them in your prayers.

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Trinity 12 2017 | St. Paul’s Athens

Jeremiah 15, 15-21; Rom 12, 9-end; Matt 16, 21-end

There are times when other people drag you down. Lynne and I are generally quite cheerful and positive people. In our various parishes over the years we have encountered some very gloomy people indeed. These are people for whom it is always December, but never Christmas; always Lent but never Easter. When we encounter such people it is such a temptation to enter into their gloominess and share the negative views that they are spouting out. In my last parish we decided that whenever anyone said anything negative we would counter it with the exact opposite – even if we are feeling the same as them, or sharing their views. It made quite a difference, in fact, and some people either gave up expressing anything to us, or genuinely started to be a bit more positive.

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Trinity 10 2017 | St. Paul’s Athens

Isaiah 56,1, 6-8; Romans 11, 1-2, 29-32; Matthew 15, 21-28

It is funny how zoological my preaching seems to be at the moment. Some of you might remember a sermon I preached here a couple of years ago about how to eat an elephant – ‘in small pieces’. Then over the last few weeks we connected the little guinea pig type animal called a hyrax  to its nearest relative, which is an elephant;  then last week we had the irritated pig. Today we are keeping up the theme.

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Trinity 9 2017 | St. Paul’s Athens

Romans 10,5-13; St. Matthew 14, 22-33

I had dinner the other evening with a couple I haven’t met before. They are Athenians but now live in America. They are here on a family holiday. The reason we met up is because we have a mutual friend who works alongside them in New York. So as we were chatting away Kosta came up with a phrase I hadn’t heard before and I immediately liked it. Here it is:

‘It is very difficult to teach a pig to dance, and what’s more it irritates the pig’.

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Trinity 6 2017 | St. Paul’s Athens

Is 44, 6-8; Romans 8 12-25; Matt 13, 24-30, 36-43

I wonder how many of you know what a Hirax is? It is a funny little creature that you find in parts of north and east Africa. Strangely enough you also find them around the shores of the Sea of Galilee.

Hiraxes are a little bigger than guinea pigs, have special padded feet that allow them to climb on rocks and they are very good at jumping. They entertain tourists and pilgrims effectively when they visit Galilee. So far you might think I’m making it up, but the best is yet to come. Although this little mammal is like a large guinea pig the nearest animal to it genetically in the animal kingdom is the elephant. There you are – now you are convinced I’m telling you a pack of lies.

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Trinity 4 2017 | St. Paul’s Athens

When the Body of Christ, whose sign is the church, is invited forward to receive the signs of Christ’s body and blood, the bread and the wine, there are a number of choices for the words we can use. One option is ‘Draw near with faith. Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ which he gave for you, and his blood which he shed for you. Eat and drink in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith with thanksgiving.

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The Induction of the Revd. Canon Leonard Wallace Doolan

About sixty-five people gathered in St. Paul’s on June 30th, a swelteringly hot evening, to witness the Induction of Father Leonard. Among the guests were representatives of the Greek Orthodox Church, including the Bishop of Nazianzou, Theodoritos, and Bishop Gabriel. Also in attendance was Embassy staff, members of the Salvation Army and Apostoli. The Greek Evangelical Church was also represented. Last but not least, our outgoing and much-loved Father Malcolm and his wife, Olga. The Archdeacon paid tribute to Father Malcolm and thanked him for his work during his ministry here.

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Welcoming Fr Leonard Doolan

Following the inauguration of the new Chaplain next Friday, we would like to invite all Parishioners, old and new, from Kifissia to Glyfada to Voula to attend the Sung Eucharist next Sunday 2 July to welcome Fr Leonard Doolan as he celebrates his first service with us. We look forward to seeing you there!

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A “Mysterious Worshiper” at St Paul’s

The Mystery Worshipper, which produced this report, is run by shipoffools.com, the online magazine of Christian unrest. Mystery Worshippers are volunteers who visit churches of all denominations worldwide, leaving a calling card in the collection plate and posting a first-timer’s impression of services on Ship of Fools.

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The Co-incidence of the Western and Orthodox Easter

Normally the Orthodox Christian Church celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ later than the catholic one. While the issue is somewhat complicated, it may be summarized in the two factors at work that cause this conflict in dates:

1) The issue of the calendar; and
2) the adherence by the Orthodox to the early practices of the Christian Church.

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Thank you!

We are immensely grateful to Friesland Campina, manufacturers of the NOYNOY Evaporated milk that we have been collecting for the refugee children in the camps on Samos.

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Our Junior Church

The theme of Creation has kept our young ones busy for quite a while now. They present their art work to the congregation at the end of the Sunday service. READ MORE

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The first meeting of the Board of the Anglican Church in Greece

On 9th February, in the presence of Archdeacon Colin Williams and others, the members of the Board of the Anglican Church in Greece (Canon Malcolm Bradshaw of Athens, Rev’d Philip Lambert of Crete, Rev’d Julian Wilson of Corfu and Churchwarden, Marie-Jeanne Morphy Karatza of Patras) met for their first meeting in Athens. READ MORE

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Lenten Almsgiving

The Anglican Church in Athens works closely with MedIn, a Greek NGO. MedIn has a strong presence in the reception centre for refugees in Samos.  READ MORE

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A successor to Fr. Malcolm

On Sunday 19th February it was officially announced that the Rev’d Canon Leonard Doolan has been appointed to succeed Fr. Malcolm as Senior Chaplain in Athens. He will take up the post on 1st July. The interview, chaired by Bishop Robert the Diocesan, was held in Athens on the 9th February. Churchwarden Nigel Daniels and Susan Stephosrepresented the Chaplaincy on the interviewing panel.

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Community Connect celebrates the New Year

On the second and third Wednesdays of January Community Connect in Athens and Kifissia met to celebrate the New Year by cutting the traditional Vassilopitta – the Cake of St Basel (New Year’s Cake) whose feast day falls on 1st January.

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Thanksgiving for Justin Paige Allen

Justin Paige Allen was presented to the Congregation of the Anglican Church in Athens last Sunday by his proud parents Marcos and Amy Allen, as we said ‘Prayers of Thanksgiving ​for the Gift of a Child’.

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Handel’s Messiah Sing Along

Sunday 11 December 2016

St Paul’s Anglican Church in Athens was filled with a chorus of voices as members of the public, choirs and professional soloists took part in a Sing Along performance of Handel’s Messiah.

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Bird Psalm

The Swallow said,
He comes like me,
Longed for; unexpectedly.

The superficial eye
Will pass him by,
Said the Wren.

The best singer ever heard.
No one will take much notice,
Said the Blackbird.

The Owl said,
He is who, who is he
Who enters the heart as soft
As my soundless wings, as me.

Capturing the spirit of Christmas as only a poet can, U.A. Fanthorpe, CBE (1929-2009) would send out cards to relatives and friends with verse according to the whim of the moment. ‘Bird Psalm’ is included in her book Christmas Poems, BC-AD, illustrated by Nick Wadley and published in 2002 by Enitharmon Press, which presents the entirety of these original Christmas cards.

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Sing-along Messiah

For the sixth year running, St Paul’s Anglican Church in Athens is delighted to host the popular “Sing-along Messiah” on Sunday 11th December at 8.00pm.

Scores are available to purchase at the door should you wish to sing along with the choir, or just come along and relax as you listen once again to this beautiful and uplifting score.

If you wish to practice beforehand the programme for the evening can be downloaded here

Tickets €5, Students & unemployed €3.

All proceeds go towards supporting St Paul’s and the Charities we work with.

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Remembrance Sunday at St Paul’s Anglican Church Athens

On Sunday 13th November, Fr Malcolm led the congregation in a Service of Remembrance to honour all those who died in the Two World Wars and in subsequent conflicts around the world. Official guests included Their Excellences the Ambassadors for Great Britain, Ireland, Canada and Slovakia, theConsul General for New Zealand, and the British, French and Canadian Defence Attaches.The Rev Rabbi Gabriel Negrin of the Beth Shalom Synagogue was also in attendance.

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New Kifissia venue for Community Connect coffee mornings

As of October 2016, Community Connect coffee mornings in Kifissia, held every third Wednesday of the month, have a new venue: the Loida Scripture Union Home for the Elderly (one of the Chaplaincy charities), Ionias 46 & Levidou, Kifissia (above Harilaou Trikoupi).  Drivers please be aware of the one-way system!READ MORE

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Summer Services at St. Paul’s

Greek summer and the lure of blue skies and blue sea is strong… But whether you admire the wide horizon from a mountainside or from the sea shore, if you’re in town over the weekend do attend services on a Sunday! Consult the Calendar for the exact time – and be assured of a smiling welcome.

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THE ORDINATION AS DEACON OF CHRISTINE SACCALI

Sunday 3rd July was a time of joyful celebration as, for the ordination of our Reader, Christine Saccali, to the Distinctive Diaconate, we welcomed to Athens Bishop David Hamid, Suffragan Bishop of the Diocese in Europe, together with the Archdeacon of the East, the Ven. Colin Williams; the Diocesan Director of Ordinands, the Rev. Canon William Gulliford; the Deacon of the Rite and Preacher, the Rev. Deacon Frances Hill; and, the Rev. Robin Fox (who acted as Bishop David’s chaplain during the Service).READ MORE

WE REMEMBER

In a “postcard” from the Yorkshire Dales, Jean Mertzanakis links the exhibition at St. Paul’s in honour of those who fought in the Great War to the commemoration included on Armed Forces Day in the market town of Skipton.READ MORE

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Easter Services at St. Paul’s

As we enter Holy Week and prepare for Easter Sunday -Christianity’s most important and oldest festival celebrating the resurrection of Christ- here is a reminder of the services scheduled at St. Paul’s Anglican Church over this period.READ MORE

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Easter Services at St. Paul’s

As Lent progresses through Passiontide and on to Holy Week, before culminating with Easter Sunday -the most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church celebrating the resurrection of Christ- here is a reminder of the services scheduled at St. Paul’s Anglican Church over this period.READ MORE

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Fr Malcolm on Queen’s New Year’s Honours List

We are delighted to announce that our Chaplain, the Rev. Canon Malcolm Bradshaw, has been awarded the MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.
The citation reads as follows: ‘Rev. Canon Malcolm McNeille Bradshaw. Senior chaplain, Anglican church (Greece). For services to interfaith understanding and community charities.’
We send him our heartiest congratulations!

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Responding to the refugee crisis in Greece

In recent weeks, Fr. Malcolm has received an increasing number of questions about the refugees arriving in Greece and the response of the Anglican Church in Athens to this ongoing humanitarian crisis. In order to inform the greatest number possible, he has summarized the Chaplaincy’s response to the refugee crisis since last September.

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Navid’s story recounted by Max McClellan

Max McClellan, coordinator of Us in Greece for the refugee crisis, reports on the story of Afghan refugees fleeing violence and persecution. Us (formerly known as USPG) is the oldest of the Church of England’s missionary/aid organisations.READ MORE

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How do you eat an elephant

THE QUESTION is put – how do you eat an elephant. The answer is – in small pieces.

“How do you eat an elephant?” These were the opening words of the sermon given by the Rev. Canon Leonard Doolan, vicar of Cirencester, at St Paul’s Athens, on the 13th September after the reading of Matthew’s account of the Feeding of the Four Thousand with only seven loaves and a few fish (Matthew, 15:29-39).

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Shampoos for the refugees

OVER THE last few months, we visited most hotels in central Athens asking them to donate shower gel and shampoo leftovers in aid of the St. Paul’s refugee appeal. Electra Palace Hotel was the only one to respond and their contribution is illustrated on the photograph above. Electra Palace Hotel features Korres toiletries and presented the leftovers packed in full bottles. We take this opportunity to thank both Electra Palace Hotel and Korres for donating both quantity and quality.

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62nd Anglican Church Athens Christmas Bazaar

THE CHRISTMAS Bazaar is the biggest annual fundraiser for the Anglican Church in Athens – and also the oldest such event in the Greek capital. This year it takes place at the Aigli Restaurant in the Zappeion Gardens, right in the centre of Athens, on Sunday 29th November 2015, from 11am till 3:30pm.

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Bishop Robert in Athens

IN MID-JANUARY 2015 Bishop Robert visited Greece as a guest of the Archbishop of Athens and also spent time with Fr Malcolm and members of the Chaplaincy. He met with representatives of Anglican congregations from Athens, Crete, Corfu, Patras and Nafplion, in order to discuss the new Constitution of the Anglican Church in Greece, and he and Fr Malcolm also visited some of the organisations we work within our outreach programme.

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British churches respond to Greek crisis

ON THE 15TH and 16th September 2015, in an unprecedented display of Christian Unity, a delegation of British church representatives of all denominations flew directly to Thessaloniki, and then travelled to the border post of Eidomeni, to witness firsthand the plight of the thousands of refugees crossing into FYROM.

On the same evening, the delegates attended a dinner in Athens organised by Fr Malcolm together with representatives of the Christian denominations in Athens and the UNHCR.

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