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T ET us worship him who liveth for ever and ever.

Let all creatures which are in heaven, and on the
earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea,
and all that are in them, say,

Blessing and honour, and glory and power, be unto
him that sitteth on the throne, and to the Lamb, for
ever and ever.

God so loved the world, that he gave his only begot-
ten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not
perish, but have everlasting Hfe.

God commendeth his love towards us, in that while
we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

If when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God



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by the death of his Son, much more being reconciled,
shall we be saved by his life.

Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the
unjust, that he might bring us to God ; being put to
death in the flesh, but quickened by the S^^irit.

He bare our sins in his own body, on the tree, that
we being dead to sin, should live unto righteousness ;
by whose stripes we aa-e healed.

Wherefore we bless thee, O Lord God, Creator and
Redeemer of the world, we extol thy power and praise
thy mei'cy.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, who, according to his abundant mercy, hath
begotten us again unto a lively hope, by the resurrec-
tion of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Glory be, &c.



ThirUj- Third Canticle.

FOR THE DAY OF THE ASCENSION.

T HE Lord said unto my Lord, sit thou at my right
hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of
Zion, saying, rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.

The Lord hath sworn and will not repent, thou art a
priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedek.



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! clap your hands, all ye people : shout unto God
with the voice of triumph.

God is gone up with rejoicing, the Lord hath gone
up with the song of victory.

Lift up your heads, O ye gates, and be ye lift up ye
everlasting doors, and the King of Glory shall come in.

Who is the King of Glory ? It is the Lord, strong
and mighty ; he is the King of Glory.

Sing praises unto God, sing praises unto our King ;
for God is the King of all the earth ; he reigneth over
the nations ; he sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.

Let all men bow down before him, and let all the
angels of God worship him.

Thy thmne, O God ! is for ever and ever : a sceptre
of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

Thou didst ascend up on high ; thou didst lead cap-
tivity captive ; thou hast received gifts for men.

Thou art gone to thy Father's house, to prepare man-
sions for us.

Glory be, &c.



Thirty-Fourth Canticle.

FOR THE EVE OF THE ASCENSION, AND THE DAY AFTER.

T HE Lord reigneth ; let the people tremble ; he sit-
teth between the cherubim ; let the earth be moved.



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He is high above all the earth ; he is exalted far above
all the heavens.

God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, hath highly
exalted him, and given him a name, which is above
every name :

That, at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow,
of things in heaven, and things on earth, and things
under the earth :

And that every tongue should confess, that Jesus
Christ is Lord, to the glory of God, the Father.

All power hath been given unto him in heaven and on
earth. God hath put all things under his feet, and
gave him to be the head over all things to the Church.

We have liberty to enter into the holiest, by the
blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he
hath consecrated for us, through the vail, that is to say,
his flesh.

Let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance
of faith, having our hearts purified from an evil con-
science, and our bodies washed with pure water.

Let us come with confidence unto the throne of
grace, that we may obtain mercy and help in time of
need.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the
Holy Ghost ; as it was in the beginning, is now, and
ever shall be, world without end. Amen.



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Thirty-Fifth Canticle.

FOR PENTECOST.

\r OT unto US, O Lord ! not unto us, but unto thy
name, give glory.

Our God is in heaven : he doth whatsoever pleaseth
him.

The Lord hath been mindful of us : he will bless
them that fear him, both small and great.

Ye are blessed of the Lord, who made heaven and
earth.

He hath poured out his Spirit upon the posterity of
his people.

He hath put in them a new spirit, that they should
walk in his commandments, and keep his laws ;

To the end, that they might be his people, and that
he might be their God.

Who is so great a God as our God ? Thou art the
God that doest wonders.

Thou hast poured out thy Spirit upon all flesh.

For to one, thou hast given by the Spirit, the word
of wisdom ; to another, the word of knowledge by the
same Spirit ;

To another, faith by the same Spirit ; to another,
prophecy.

All these worketh that one and the self same Spirit,
dividing to every man separately, as it hath pleased
him.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus



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Christ, who hath blessed us with all spmtual blessings,
in heavenly places, in Christ :

According as he hath chosen us in him, before the
foundation of the world, that we should be holy and
without blame before him.

Glory be, &c.



Thirty- Sixth Canticle.



FOR PENTECOST.



T) LESSED be the Lord our God, for he hath shown
marvellous kindness.

The Lord hath remembered his mercy and truth.
Having exalted his Son to his right hand, he hath ful-
filled this promise :

I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh : your sons
and your daughters shall prophecy.

On my servants and on my hand maidens, I will pour
out my Spirit,

This promise was unto our fathers, and to their
children, and to all that were afar off, even as many as
the Lord, our God, shall call.

Wherefore, O our God ! we bless thee as our bene-
factor, and thou shalt ever be the subject of our songs.

We will speak of thy greatness ; we will make known
every where the remembrance of thy loving kindness.



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Thy mercy, Lord ! reacheth unto the heavens, and
thy faithfulness unto the clouds.

Ho ! all ye that thirst, come unto the waters.

Blessed are they that do hunger and thirst after
righteousness ; for they shall be filled.

Our Father, who is in heaven, giveth his Holy Spirit
to them that ask him.

O God ! turn thy face from our sins, and blot out
our iniquities.

O God ! create in us clean hearts, and renew a right
spirit within us.

Cast us not away fi'om thy presence, and take not thy
. Holy Sj^irit from us.

Let thy loving Spirit lead us forth into the land of
righteousness.

Glory be, &c.



Thirty- Seventh Canticle.

FOR PENTECOST.

THERE is therefore now no condemnation to them
that are in Christ Jesus ; who walk not after the
flesh but after the Spirit.

The law of the Spirit of life, in Christ Jesus, hath
made them fi-ee from the law of sin and death.

AVe have received, not the spirit of the world, but



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the spirit which is of God ; that we might know the
things that are freely given to us of God.

The natural man receiveth not the Spirit of God, for
they are foolishness unto him ; neither can he know
them, because they are spiritually discerned.

But he that is spiritual judgeth all things.

Let us aim at spiritual gifts. For they that are after
the flesh do mind the things of the flesh ; but they that
are after the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

But we are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so
be, that the Spirit of God dwelleth in us.

This Spirit, which God sendeth into our hearts, con-
vinceth us that we are no longer in bondage, but that
we are his children, and if children, then heirs of God,
through Jesus Christ.

If the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the
dead, dwell in us, he that raised up Christ from the
dead, shall also quicken our mortal bodies, by his Spirit
that dwelleth in us.

Glory be, &c.



Thirty -Eighth Canticle.

FOR THE HOLY DAYS OF SEPTEMBER.

A GIVE thanks unto the Lord, for he is good ; his
mercy endureth for ever.



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Let them that fear the Lord, now say that his mercy
endureth for ever.

The Lord is our strength, and the subject of our
songs ; he is our Redeemer.

The Lord hath done marvellous things.

He hath remembered his covenant : he hath visited
and redeemed his people.

God so loved the world, that he gave bis only be-
gotten Son ; that whospever believeth in him should
not perish, but have everlasting life.

Let us praise him, let us glorify and bless his name.

Let us give thanks unto God our Father, who hath
made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the
saints in light.

Salvation cometh from our God, that sitteth upon the
throne, and from the Lamb, for ever and ever. Amen.

Blessing, glory, wisdom, thanksgiving, honour, power
and strength, be unto our God, for ever and ever.

Praise our God, all ye his servants, both small and
great.

The Lord our God Omnipotent, reigneth ; and we
shall reign with him, for ever and ever.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the
Holy Ghost ; as it was in the beginning, is now, and
ever shall be, world without end. Ameii.



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Thirty-Ninth Canticle.

FOR THE HOLY DAYS OF SEPTEMBER.

T N this was manifested the love of God towards us ;
because that God sent his only begotten Son into
the world, that we might live through him.

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he
loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our
sins.

Let us love God, because he first loved us.

The Lord hath remembered his mercy and truth, for
they endure for ever.

For thy name's sake, O Lord ! be merciful unto our
sins, although they are great.

Behold what manner of love the Father hath be-
stowed upon us, that we should be called the children
of God;

And if children, then heirs ; heirs of God, and joint
heirs with Christ.

Since we call upon him as a Father, who, without
respect of persons, judgeth according to every man's
work ; let us pass the time of our sojourning here in
fear.

Let the name of our Lord Jesus Christ be glorified in
us, and let us be glorified in him, according to the grace
of our God, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Glory be, &c.



20G CANTICLES. [Part

Fortieth Canticle.

FOR THE COMMUNION.

WE will praise tliee, O God! we will exalt thy name
for ever ;

For all the earth is full of thy goodness, of thy glory
and of thy mercy.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me,
praise his holy name.

Who forgiveth all thy sin, and l^aleth all thine infir-
mities.

The Lord is full of compassion and mercy, long suf-
fering and of great goodness.

He hath not dealt with us after our sins, nor rewarded
us according to our iniquities.

For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great
is his mercy towards them that fear him.

As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he
removed our transgressions from us.

Yea, like as a Father pitieth his own children, even
so, is the Lord merciful unto us.

For when we were his enemies, and while we were
yet sinners, he gave us his only begotten Son, that we
might live through him.

He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him
up to die for us all, how shall ho not with him also,
freely give us all things.

Let my heart and my mouth show forth the praises
of the Lord.

Glory be, &c.



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Forty-First Canticle.

FOR THE COMMUNION.

T ET us praise the Lord our God, and extol bis mercy
towards his people, and towards his elect.

He show^eth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and
judgments unto Israel :

He hath not dealt so with any nation.

Thou also, God ! art praised in Zion, and unto thee
is the vow of thy people performed.

Blessed are the people, O Lord ! who rejoice in thee ;
they shall walk in the light of thy countenance.

Their delight shall be daily in thy name ; and in thy
righteousness shall they make their boast.

We, who in times past, were not his people, are now
the people of God.

He hath made us a chosen generation, a royal priest-
hood, a holy nation, a peculiar people ;

That we should show forth the praises of him who
hath called us out of darkness, unto his marvellous light.

Herein will our Father be glorified, if we bear much
fruit : so shall we be truly the disciples of his Son.

We shall abide in his love, until he shall come to be
glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them
that believe.

Glory be, etc.



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Forty- Second Can tide.

FOR THE COMMUNION.

r\ ! COME and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will
declare what he hath done for my soul.

The Lord hath remembered his tender mercies and
his loving kindnesses, Avhich have been ever of old.

Our misdeeds had prevailed against us : thou hast
taken away our transgressions.

God is not willing that any should perish, but that all
should come to repentance.

He sent his Son to give repentance to Israel, and for-
giveness of sins.

In this was manifested the love of God towards us,
because that God sent his only begotten Son into the
world, that we might live through him.

Let us show forth the Lord's death, till he come.

The bread, which we break, is it not the communion
of the body of Christ ?

The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the com-
munion of the blood of Christ ?

To me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Thanks be unto God, for this unspeakable gift.

Glory be, &c.



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For iy- Third Can tide.

FOR THE COMMUNION.

A ! GIVE thanks unto the Lord, for he is good, for
his mercy endureth for ever.

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so ; such as sat in
darkness, and in the shadow of death ;

Who had rebelled against the word of God, and con-
temned the counsel of the Most High.

He hath brought them out of darkness, and the sha-
dow of death ; he hath broken their bonds in sunder.

that men would therefore praise the Lord for his
goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children
of men!

This salvation hath been declared in the Gospel of
Jesus Christ,

Who of God, is made unto us wisdom, and righteous-
ness, and sanctification, and redemption.

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of
him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace ;

That bringeth good tidings of good, that pubhsheth
salvation ; that saith unto Zion, thy God reigneth.

Let us thank God always for the grace, which is given
us through Jesus Christ ;

That in every thing being enriched by him, we may
be wanting in no gift, waiting for the coming of our
Lord Jesus Christ.

God is faithful, by whom we are called unto the fel-
lowship of his Son Jesus Christ.



210 CANTICLES.

Blessed is the people whom the Lord hath chosen for
his own inheritance.

He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the
Holy Ghost ; as it was in the beginning, is now, and
ever shall be, world without end. Amen.



CONFESSION CONFESSION

DE OF

FOT, FAITH,

FAIT D'UN COMMUN ACCORD MADE BY C03IM0N CONSENT

PAR LES OF THE

EGLISES REFORMEES REFORMED CHURCHES

DU OF, THE

ROYAUME DE FRANCE. KINGDOM OF FRANCE.



ARTICLE



ARTICLE I.



Notts croyons et confessons qu'il y
a un seul Dien, qui est une seule et sim-
ple essence, spirituelle, eternelle, invi-
sible, immuable, intinie, incompreliea-
sible, ineffable, qui pent toutes choses,
qui est toute sage, toute bonne, toute all-good, all-just, and all-merciful,
juste, et tOQte misericordieuse.



We believe and confess that there la
but one God, who is a single and sira-
pie essence, spiritual, eternal, invisible,
immutable, infinite, incomprehensible,
ineffable, omnipotent, who Ls all-wise.



II. — Ce Dieu se manifeste tel aux
bommes, premierement, parses oouvres,
tant par la creation que par la conser-
vation et conduite d'icelles. Seconde-
mentet plus clairement par sa Parole,
laquelle au commencement revelee par
Oracles, a ete puis aprus redigce par
ecrit aux livres que nous appellons
I'Ecriture Sainte.



II. — This God manifests himself such
unto men : first, by his works, as well
in their creation, as in their preservation
and government. Secondly, and more
clearly, by his word, which, revealed in
the beginning by oracles, was after-
wards reduced to writing, in the books
which we call the Holy Scriptures.



III.— Toute cette Ecriture Sainte est
comprise aux livres Canoniques du
Vieux et Nouveau Testament: des-
qnels le nombre s'ensuit. Les cinq Li-
vres de Moise ; assavoir Genese, Ex-
ode, Levitique, Nombres,Deuteronome.
Item, Josue, Juges, Ruth, le premier
el second livre de Samuel, le premier et



III.— These Holy Scriptures are com-
prised in tiie Canonical Books of the
Old and New Testament, the number
of which is as follows: The five Booki
of Moses: namely. Genesis, Exodus,
Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy ; al-
so Joshua, Judges, Ruth, the first and
second book of Samuel, the first and



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CONFESSION OF FAITH.



second livre des Rois, le premier et se-
cond livre des Croniques, autrement dits
Paralipomenon, le premier livre d'Es-
dras. Item, Nehemie, de livre d'Esther,
Job, les Pseanmes de David, les Pro-
verbes oil Sentences de Salomon: le
livre de rEcclesiaste, dit le Precheur,
le Cautique de Salomon. Item, le li-
vre d'Esaie, Jeremie, Lamentations de
Jeremie, Ezechiel, Daniel, 0?ee, Joel,
Amos, Abdias, Jonas, Michee, Na-
hnm, Abakuc, Sophonie, Aggee, Za-
charie, Malaehie. Item, le Saint Evan-
gile, selon S. Matthieu, selon S. Marc,
selon S. Luc, et selon S. Jean. Item,
le second livre de S. Luc, autrement dit
les Actes des Apotres. Item, les Epi-
tres de S. Paul, anx Romains une, aux
Corinthiens deux, aux Galates une, aux
Ephesiens une, aux Phiiippiens une,
aux Colossiens une, aux Thessaloni-
ciens deux, a Timothee deux, a Tite
une, a Philemon une. Item, I'Epitre
aux Hebreux, I'Epitre de S. Jaques, la
premiere et seconde Epitre de S. Pierre,
la premiere deuxieme et troisieme Epi-
tre de S. Jean, I'Epitre de S. Jude.
Item, rApocalypse on Revelation de
S. Jean,



I IV.— Nous connoisons ces livies etre
' Canoniques, et la regie tres certaine de
! ' notre Foi : non tant par le commun ac-
, cord et consentement de I'Eglise, que

par le temoignage et persuasion inte-
j Twure du S. Esprit, qui nous les fait
I discerner d'avec les autres Ecclesias-
i tiques, sur lesquels, encore qu'il soient
i utiles, on ne pent fonder aucnn Article

de foi.

V-— Nous croyons que la Parole qui
est continue en ces livres, est procedee
de Diett, duquel seul elle prend son au-
torite.et nondes hommes. Etd'autant
qa'elle est la regie de toute verito, con-
tenant tout ce qui est neceessaire pour
le eenice de Dieu et de notre salut, il
n'est pas loisible aux hommes, ni meme



second book of Kings, the first and se-
cond book of Chronicles, otherwise
called Paralipomenon. The first book
of Esdras, also, Nehemiah, the book of
Esther, Job, the Psalms of David, the
Proverbs or Sentences of Solomon, the
book of Ecclesiastes, called tlie Preach-
er, the Song of Solomon, also, the book
of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations of
Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Ilosea, Joel,
Amos, Obadiah, Jonas, Micah, Na-
hum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai,
Zachariah, Malachi. Also, the Holy
Gospel according to St. 3Iatthew, ac-
cording to St. Mark, according to St.
Luke, and according to St. John. Also,
the second book of St. Luke, otherwise
called the Acts of the Apostles. Also,
the Epistles of St. Paul, to the Ro-
mans 1, to the Corinthians 2, to the Ga-
latians 1, to the Ephesians 1, to the
Phillippians 1, to the Colossians 1, to
the Thessalonians 2, to Timothy 2, to
Titus 1, to Philemon 1. Also, the Epis-
tle to the Hebrews, the Epistle of St.
James, the first and second Epistle of
St. Peter, the first, second and third
Epistle of St. John, the Epistle of St.
Jude. Also, the Apocalypse or Reve-
lation of St. John.

IV.— We know these books to be ca-
nonical, and the sure rule of our faith,
not so much by the common agreement
and consent of the Churcli, as by the
internal testimony and persuasion of the
Holy Spirit, who enables us to distin-
guish them from the other ecclesiastical
books, upon which, although they may
be useful, we cannot found any article
of faith.

v.— We believe that the word, which
is contained in these books, proceeded
from God, from whom only it derives
its authority, and not from men : and
forasmuch as it is the rule of all truth,
containing all that is necessary tor the
service of God, and for oursalvalion, it
is not lawful for men, nor even for an-



CONFESSION OF FAITH.



213



aux Anges, d'y ajonter, diminuer ou
changer. D'oii il s'ensuit que ni anti-
quite, ni les coiitumes, ni la multitude,
ni la sagesse Imniaine, ni les jugemens,
ni les arrets, ni les edits, ni les decrets,
ni les conciles, ni les visions, ni les mi-
racles, ne doivent etre opposez a cette
Ecriture Sainte; mais au contraire,
toutes choses doivent etre examinees,
reglties, et reformees selon elle. Et sui-
vant cela nous avolions les trois Sym-
boles, savior des Apotres, de Nicee, et
d'Athanese, parcequ'ilssont conformes
a la Parole de Dieu.



gels, to add to it, diminish, or change
it. Hence it follows, that neither anti-
quity, nor customs, nor the multitude,
nor human wisdom, nor judgments, nor
acts, nor edicts, nor decrees, nor coun-
cils, nor visions, nor miracles, ought to
he opposed to these Holy Scriptures ;
but, on the contrary, all things ought to
be examined, ordered and reformed, ac-
cording to them : and we do therefore,
acknowledge the three creeds, namely,
of the Apostles, of Nice, and of Atha-
nasius, because they are conformable to
the word of God.



VI.— Cette Ecritnre Sainte nous en-
seigne qu 'en cette seule et simple essence
Divine, que nous avons confessee, il y a
trois personnes, le Pere, le Fils, et le S.
Esprit. Le Pere, premiere cause, prin-
cipe et origine de toutes choses. Le
Fils, sa Parole et Sapience eternelle.
Le S. Esprit, sa vertu, puissance et effi-
cace. Le Fils, etemellement engendre
dn Pore. Le S. Esprit, procedant (iter-
nellement de tons deux : les trois per-
sonnes non confuses, mais distinctes, et
toutefois non di visees, mais d'une meme
essence, eternite, puissance et egalite.
Et en cela avoiions ce qui a ete deter-
mine par les Conciles Anciens, et detes-
toiis toutes sectes et heresies qui ont
ete rejettees par les Saints Docteurs,
comme S. Hilaire, S. Athanase, S.
Ambroise, et S. Cyrille.



VI.— These Holy Scriptures teach ns,
that in tJiis single and simple divine es-
sence which we have confessed, tJiere
are three persons, the Father, the Son,
and the Holy Spirit. The Father, the
first cause, the principle, and the origin
of all things; the Son, his word and
eternal wisdom; the Holy Spirit, his
virtue, power and efficacy. The Son
eternally begotten of the Father ; the
Holy Spirit proceeding from both ; the
three persons not confounded, but dis-
tinct, and nevertheless not divided, but
of the same essence, eternity, power
and equality. And in this we acknow-
ledge what was determined by the an-
cient councils, and we detest all sects
and heresies, which are rejected by the
Holy Doctors, such as St. Hilary, St.
Athanasius, St. Ambrose, and St. Cy-
riU.



VII. — Nous croyons que Dieu en trois
personnes co-operaiites, par sa vertu sa-
gesse et boiite incomprehensible, a cree
toutes choses, non seulement le Ciel, la
Terre et tout ce qui yest contenu ; mais
aussi les esprits invisibles, desquels les
uns sout dechus et trebuchez en perdi-
tion, les autres ont persiste en obeis.
sance. Q,ue les premiers s'etantcorrom-
pus en malice, sont ennemis de tout
bien, par consequent de toute I'Eglise.
Les seconds ayant etc preservez par la
grace de Dieu sont Ministres pour glo-



VII.— We believe that God, in three
cooperating persons, by his incompre-
hensible power, wisdom and goodness,
created all things, not only the heavens,
tlie earth, and all that in them is, but
also the invisible spirits, of whom some
are fallen and sunk into perdition, olli-
ers have remained steadfast in obe-
dience: that the first, being corrupt
through malice, are enemies of all good,
consequently of the whole Church ; that
the second, having been preserved by
the grace of God, are ministers to glo-



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rifier le nom de Dieu, et servir an salat rify the name of God, and to aid in the
de ses elus. salvation of his elect.


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