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Struggling with Rosary: where should attention be during Rosary?

July 14, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Difficulties, Prayer, Rosary

Dear Dan, I used to pray the Rosary daily, but lately I have become frustrated with it and am confused about where my Rosary prayerattention should be focused while praying it. One Hail Mary, I find myself meditating on how painful it must have been for Jesus to be scourged at the pillar, and what great love it took for him to tolerate that for our sake. However, during that prayer, I was not paying attention to the actual words of the Hail Mary or asking her to “pray for us sinners.” Another Hail Mary, I find myself paying attention to the words of the prayer, but not at all meditating on the mystery. Where is the “right” place for our attention to be focused when we pray the rosary? It doesn't seem right to neglect the mystery. It also doesn't seem right to cheaply say the words to the Hail Mary while thinking about something totally different, like the Scourging at the Pillar. Thank you.

Dear Friend, this is a great question. The simple answer is that your attention should be on God. Here's what the Catechism says about our attention during vocal prayer (#2700):

Through his Word, God speaks to man. By words, mental or vocal, our prayer takes flesh. Yet it is most important that the heart should be present to him to whom we are speaking in prayer: “Whether or not our prayer is heard depends not on the number of words, but on the fervor of our souls.”

If your heart is in any way focused on or drawn to God, you are headed in the right direction.

To be more specific regarding the Rosary, Pope John Paul II in his Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae (well worth reading it its entirety) said:

Mary constantly sets before the faithful the “mysteries” of her Son, with the desire that the contemplation of those mysteries will release all their saving power. In the recitation of the Rosary, the Christian community enters into contact with the memories and the contemplative gaze of Mary.

So, when we pray the Rosary, we pray it with Mary, and through the eyes of Mary with our focus joining her focus – Jesus Himself.

Our first task with the Rosary is to join her in each scene (mystery) presented. As we join her, we ask for her help and prayers as we gaze upon Christ. To bring this reality closer to our hearts, we can imagine ourselves standing with Mary. We are both looking at Christ in agony in the garden. We whisper to her to pray for us as we realize what is happening to Christ, and for us. We repeat our requests to her as both of us continue to engage with the mystery.

Regardless of where we find ourselves after our initial efforts to focus our prayer on Christ, there are several principals that can help us maintain our peace when our minds seem to wander off:

  • Distractions are Normal: Our job is to gently, by an exercise of our will, reject the distraction and turn our attention back to God. If we spend our entire prayer time turning back to Him, we have done well.
  • Christ is the Key: Whenever our hearts are drawn to Christ in any way, we should follow that inclination. Sometimes, we should follow it even to quiet contemplation where we discontinue our vocalization of the prayer and simply gaze at Him. If we are not bound by religious duty to complete prayers in any specific way, we are free to set these formal prayers aside when they bring us to the very reason and highest purpose of our efforts in prayer – to adore Him.

In the end, it is important that you rest in Him and His work on your behalf. Yes, you should strive for increased devotion and attention to Him in prayer. However, when our fervent hearts find frustration, it is a good sign that our general focus regarding prayer is off track.

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  • Ramanie

    Dear Friend,
    I felt I should share this with you humbly. I too wanted to pray the Rosary everyday but was very discouraged because of being unable to focus. I started to use a little book that has a verse for every Hail Mary ( Pray the Scriptural Rosary- which is available to buy). Before each Hail Mary I focus on the little picture I get when I say the Hail Mary thus making it less distracted. Now of course I have it in my memory. I also use the pictures of the Sorrowful Mystery when I say the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Hope this will help you. God Bless

    • Becky Ward

      I do that with the Divine Mercy Chaplet too! 🙂

  • judeen

    the rosary… a prayer to the blessed trinity..the Life of Jesus Christ and the defeat of death.. obedience of Mary. our mother…
    each word is so important.. and powerful… through Jesus Christ God the Father hears our prayers.. and also sends the Holy Spirit… to us… a prayer of protection.. and Gods Power , Mercy and Love… we think of the words.. Jesus Life.. the Trinity and their Love and Mercy.. we Pray for others… I ask for group of people on each bead and pray for mercy and healing and blessings.. some times.. for if I love my neighbor alot , so to I glorify God and all His work.. if I love them to help them Love God , so too more people to Glorify God.. and if they are touched by God so too even the wickedest people will become peaceful and kind.. – too my selfishness.. peace love , no hatred.. I would like that. so many ways to pray it.. yet when in alot of pain..a person can not even think of their own prayers.. yet the memorized prayers are remembered and give comfort and hope..

  • LizEst

    God wants our sanctification. And, prayers for that are always granted. I have had starts and stops in praying the rosary but had prayed for that difficulty to be resolved.

    One of the blessings that came from my mother’s death in February was that I now pray the rosary…as if I had done so all my life. It’s as if someone turned on the light. The difficulty in doing so is gone! And, just so! As the Divine Light dawned on her eternal soul, a little ray of that grace escaped to us. Blessed be God for the answer to that prayer and for her life!

  • Andkaras

    I agree visuals are very helpful in my family.When ever I find a picture of one of our publications like the magnificat, or the NCRegester etc. we take it out and file it in our homemade rosary file.I let the children pick their favorites occasionally. we also turn off the lights and hold a flashlight on the immage to enhance our focus.

    • LizEst

      Some great ideas, there, Andkaras.

      I particularly like the one of the family participating in picking out pictures to focus on. The family is the domestic Church. It’s the first place where little ones learn the faith. And so, it’s important for them to learn that faith under circumstances that are gentle, merciful and loving, mirroring the qualities of God whom we hope to be with in heaven forever.

      Vicki Burbach, who leads our book club, told us of another great family idea not too ago. She keeps a family spiritual journal that they refer to as a family.

  • Jadie Matthew

    I find my struggles much more prosaic than which aspect of God’s love to focus on. Instead I find myself constantly distracted by the cares of the day or other things of little importance. I realize that the enemy will throw any obstacle he can in our path to prevent true and heartfelt prayer. I do my best to focus and concentrate on the mysteries, but sometimes I am merely maintaining the discipline of the daily Rosary more than giving sincere praise and prayer. Your prayers for my strengthening and improvement in this area would be appreciated.

  • I find myself distracted more often than not when I pray the rosary. If I try to visualize or meditate on the mysteries I eventually wind-up wandering to scenes far from where I started. If I concentrate on the words alone I eventually drift into a stupor or a robotic-like recitation. So what I have begun to do is begin my prayers by offering them (with all their imperfections and distractions) to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary begging Jesus and Mary to perfect my imperfect fervour, dispositions, and prayers in their Hearts. I haven’t anguished over much about my prayers ever since. I just get on with them and trust in God.

    • judeen

      i heard a story 1nce of 2 women knelt infront of the alter and started to pray the rosary to them selves.. 1 so devout and deep on love of God and rosary.. while the other struggled.. and it was so hard to pray.. distracted.. so on.. at the end a crown of gold came down on the women who struggled so hard…… she had fought so hard to pray yet kept on trying.. she was being attacked and would not give in

      • LizEst

        Thanks for sharing that judeen. That was lovely…and gives hope to all who struggle with prayer. God bless you!

        • judeen

          thanks..pray for me…. God bless

          • LizEst

            You’re welcome. Praying for you. Let us pray for each other.

  • Carl

    I have struggled with the same questions presented above. I have also read similar answers to this before. I think there is some disconnect between those experienced in the rosary and those of us who are just beginners, because I at least never understand the answer. The answer seems to be that praying the Rosary is looking at Christ with Mary asking for her help. This seems to require two distinct acts of the mind: one focuses on Christ for meditation and one focuses on Mary asking for intercession. To do one seems to exclude a real, conscious practice of the other at the same time. Now I suppose the theological answer to this is that Mary, Christ, and the Church are really one body, so it possible to focus on Christ and Mary at the same time. But…how? Is it really ok to meditate on the mysteries and say the Hail Mary’s unconsciously? Because I can’t at least combine the two. I guess I’m looking for a purely, absolutely, completely practical description of what people’s minds are doing when they’re praying the Hail Mary.
    Thanks for your help, and sorry if I’m not expressing my (and I suspect the other stumped Rosary-prayer’s) question well. I understand the theory, but the practice seems impossible.

    • JD

      Could not agree more with this. In the end I think the Hail Mary largely become background/soundtrack. I think the key may lie in how the attention is focused/adjusted throughout the course of the prayer. It’s possible to keep the attention highly focused at times and more diffuse aware at other times (eg the difference between looking intently at one tree versus maintaining a larger awareness of an entire garden).

      • Carl

        JD – “the difference between looking intently at one tree versus maintaining a larger awareness of an entire garden”

        That concept is incredibly helpful! Thank you!

    • Becky Ward

      Carl, practice makes perfect. I know where you’re at here……just keep praying. Sometimes the words are there and the mysteries are vague, other times I could see myself in the scene with Mary….and the words of the prayer came automatically….I would forget how many I had said……did I move one bead or two…? God sees the desire in our heart……..that’s what matters most.

    • WSquared

      Carl, if I may offer a humble suggestion, try this: first of all, bring all of what you’ve written with you in prayer– any prayer at all– but certainly in preparation for praying the Rosary. Because they’re good questions to be asking, and I suspect that it may well be an issue of connecting the dots. And it *is* indeed something that comes over time through practice, persistence, and patience (all of which praying the Rosary will teach you). A little while after I first began, a priest friend related that there’s a connection that tends to happen at all levels, ultimately. Furthermore, there’s probably some truth in the end to “Just Do It”: we’re not going to figure out absolutely everything about a prayer before we start praying it: just doing it first teaches us the prayer’s vocabulary, and bit by bit, the dynamics and connections do reveal themselves to us, as does learning to see. Lex orandi, lex credendi: the law of prayer is the law of belief. And we believe so that we may understand.

      Looking at Christ through Mary are not really two mutually exclusive actions, but very closely related. Recall that in the Sermon on the Mount, Christ tells us that the pure of heart will see God. Well, Mary has an immaculate heart (that’s for starters; looking at the other virtues, you’ll see the entire Sermon on the Mount in the Rosary). All the better to see Jesus. All of the virtues we pray on every mystery is absolutely perfect in Mary, and they are the virtues that help us to see and concentrate on Christ.

      Furthermore, the Church is Communion with Christ, through Him, with Him, and in Him– again, Mary fits that bill perfectly. What, after all, does it mean to be in perfect Communion with Christ? Since He gave us His mother whilst on the Cross, it’s more than okay to see her as a gift– she is the Ark of the Covenant, a living tabernacle, and the only human being to be in perfect Communion with Christ at all times. 🙂 What makes Mary so special in the first place is that she always points beyond herself to her Divine Son. Mary was created *for* Jesus. She can never obscure Him (and nor can any saint ever do): “I have put on Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me” goes hand in hand with “let it be done to me according to Thy Word.”

      One thing that I tried doing this past Lent which did help those connections unfold better for me was to visualize each prayer of the Rosary. Rest assured, Jesus is present, every step of the way, in every prayer– there’s really no avoiding Him. 😉 When it came to praying the Hail Mary’s, I’d visualize it, and when it came to “blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus,” I’d visually and mentally cut to whatever Jesus was doing in whatever mystery it was, sometimes pausing in reflection, whereupon the connection would “stick” more readily.

      I apologize for expounding so much on this, such that my response is lengthy. I hope some of it helps. God bless!

      • LizEst

        Wsquared,

        Thank you. You have been marvelously gifted with understanding much about the rosary. Please keep teaching us!

  • Andkaras

    There are also many on line rosary videos(Divine mercy chaplets too),several that my children have enjoied so much that we download and purchase .We are also learning to say it in different languages,I know you scoff ,but wait …children learn language faster than adults ,at least mine have,and sometimes they even have to remind me of some of the words when I forget. It’s a better mental workout for me than doing crossword puzzles. It also enlarges the scope of My childrens view of the Church .”Yes dear ,all over the world…..

    • LizEst

      More great ideas Andkaras! Thanks.

  • Delilah

    I have an app on my smart phone. Since I must have my phone with me at all times (like pagers were at one time), I have found the meditations at the beginning of each mystery and the pictures are helpful when I am walking around my neighborhood and praying a rosary. It does help to keep me focused. It is very noisy out there and my neighborhood does need a rosary said for it every day.

    • LizEst

      Good for you, Delilah. Keep doing your rosary walk. I read a post on another blog recently by a 92 year old man in Belgium. He wanted a procession but couldn’t get anyone to do it. So, he just walked around the neighborhood, praying publicly. Slowly one person joined him. Then another. Eventually many more people joined him. It was slow but now it is an established prayer walk just like when he was a child. He was inspirational…and you are, too. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  • Anne

    Having a mind that’s easily distracted and prone to ruminating I find some pre-rosary prep useful. I find it helpful
    to assign an intention for each decade, or even as many individual beads as I have problems.Some days are better than others! I make it a point not to get bogged down although I’ve found that if I have time to write out some or all of the intentions in short form it really helps to ease my mind.
    There’s something about putting pen to paper and fingers to beads!
    After I offer my intentions to God I begin praying the rosary a little more confident that I’ve done my paltry best to leave things in His hands assured that Mary in her maternal kindness will present the intention for bead # whatever
    to her Son without me focusing on it . Makes it a little easier for my self absorbed mind to concentrate on the actual mystery events if I can leave my own concerns “at the door”. It’s also eye opening to dedicate each decade/bead for things to be thankful for . God bless.

  • Thank you, finally i just got it! Got to pray the rosary soon, now that i know how to properly do it

    • LizEst

      Wow MaeganMarie! I checked your tweets. Love your enthusiasm for the faith. God bless you.

  • Donna

    I struggle with the rosary, as I am sure everyone else does, but I know it is powerful, so I persevere. As a priest friend once said, “Every Hail Mary is a bomb going off in hell!”
    I believe it was JPII who said that a way to keep linked was to add a phrase to Jesus’ name in each Hail Mary: For example, in the First Sorrowful Mystery Hail Mary’s would be: “blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus, in agony. Holy Mary, Mother of God …” The Second Sorrowful Mystery would be “blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus being scourged …”
    As well, I add a person’s name to each Hail Mary: “Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for Pope Benedict, now and …”
    St. Therese of Lisieux suggested that when our minds wander during the Rosary, and we become aware of it, turn whatever situation we were thinking of into an intention for that bead.

    • LizEst

      Good suggestions, Donna. Thank you. I do remember JPII saying something like that.

      The Spanish pray the first three Hail Mary’s of the rosary (after the Apostle’s Creed and Our Father and before the mysteries) in a special way:
      First bead: Hail Mary, daughter of God the Father, full of grace…
      Second bead: Hail Mary, mother of God the Son, full of grace…
      Third bead: Hail Mary, spouse of the Holy Spirit, full of grace…

    • GHM_52

      This is very helpful…and beautiful. Thank you!

  • prelest

    Musings from my urban cave… As previously stated, everyone suffers distractions during prayer… and the distractions rise from a number of varied sources… e.g., nature, self and demonic. Simple environmental distractions or roiling Internal distractions caused by savage thoughts from memories and the imagination, or subtle demonic whispers of despair and dark light from your guardian demon(s)… or sundry anxieties and feral thoughts of the common variety that creep into the mind… can all be stopped by the gatekeeper of your heart… your will surrendered to the indwelling will of the Lord Jesus Christ and Mother Mary the Queen of Contemplation. From time to time the Spirit gently and ineffably leads you into a reverie of divine consolation… surrender and drink until you wake refreshed and strengthened in conviction of the Truth… and continue praying the Rosary.

    • judeen

      oh man… I understand that deeep consolation.. as one prayes one becomes more and more relaxed hardly can follow the words.. then just stop.. be still not thinking , or moving… and when it is done a refreshed renewed great feeling… I know it.. as a group we pray the rosary together for jail retreats… and all the people go with the flow… if praise comes into our hearts as we pray.. or message so it is said.. wow.. such power of God 1 can feel it all around… !!

  • WSquared

    I apologize in advance for the length. I would, however, like to share the following:

    I think that another key point in addition to the ones about distractions and Christ is to realize that things come with time. When I started to first pray the Rosary, it had been a very long time (among other things, I realized, to my embarrassment, that I’d forgotten how to say the Apostle’s Creed!). I didn’t “get it,” but something in me nudged me to pick it up again. It would be remiss of me to presume or assert that I “get it” now, but I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that I have a better sense of how powerful it is in one’s spiritual life.

    It’s important to remember that one always keeps learning, and learning to love it, and that the appetite even comes with the meal. Love is an act of the will, after all, and isn’t just a feeling. So don’t be discouraged. When I was first starting out, Fr. Robert Barron once referred to the Rosary as very effective in “quietening the monkey mind,” which is what I needed to be able to be patient with myself. I would start off in a rush at first, or sometimes, I would think that I just “didn’t wanna.” But I would pray it anyway, not really expecting anything in particular except wanting to learn to pray it like I’ve never done before. Bit by bit, I learned to slow down and focus (and no, I’m not perfect at that at all times, either, but from experience I will definitely say that it’s one of those things that does come with time). There have been times when I’ve been grouchy at the start of praying the Rosary, only to find myself calmer by the end of it.

    When we meditate on the Sacred Mysteries of the Rosary, we are learning to persistently ask Mary for help in the virtues that are perfect in her, and there’s a virtue that goes with every mystery. Furthermore, if it’s true that “blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God,” think of what the Immaculate Heart of Mary can do! We are asking Mary to help us love her Son with her perfect faith, and she’s His most perfect disciple.

    Ultimately, the Rosary is all about God; it isn’t described as “to Jesus through Mary” for nothing. But as per resting in Him and His work on your behalf, there is a direct connection with this and the prayers of the Rosary, and perhaps it might be helpful to visualize it this way: think of the Rosary as a feedback loop of grace, which is how God gave us and builds up the Church. Especially given that Mary, who is in perfect communion with Christ at all times, is the type of the Church. When we start with the Crucifix (and the Apostle’s Creed) and follow it through, we might even think of how the Rosary actually “unpacks” the Apostle’s Creed, if you will, in terms of the hows and whys. There is a constant and persistent pattern of God giving us His Son through Mary, upon her conceiving by the Holy Spirit, and then Christ sending us the Holy Spirit so that the will of the Father be done, on earth as it is in Heaven, throughout all ages. This is the case not only with every decade, but the Rosary as a whole.

    Meditating on passages from Scripture is also helpful, I find: they help me visualize the Mysteries more easily, and they help me pray with those Scriptures, themselves, ultimately. For example, when I pray the Joyful mysteries, I am visualizing the Magnificat and Mary’s “fiat mihi secundum Verbum Tuum” when I meditate on the Annunciation (virtue: love of humility), Elizabeth’s child, John the Baptist who will prepare the way of the Lord, leaping in her womb with Mary’s visit (virtue: charity toward my neighbor), the smallness of Jesus born in poverty at the birth of Jesus (virtue: spirit of poverty), Simeon declaring that he may now go in peace upon gazing upon the light of all the nations with the presentation of Jesus in the Temple (virtue: obedience) and Mary and Joseph looking for Jesus, only to find Him in the Temple, His Father’s house, whereby He will set about His Father’s business (virtue: piety).

    I’ve read of some people mentally praying “Faith, Hope, and Charity” with the three lead-in Hail Mary’s; one of those virtues per bead. Also, praying the Angelus at the end, after the Hail Holy Queen (with each of the three parts of the Angelus constituting one bead) as though one is praying on the Crucifix at the beginning and oriented towards it at the end of the Rosary is almost like meditating on the Church being sent forth: because Mary said “yes,” the Father gave us His Son, who asks to dwell in us. It’s a meditation on the Incarnation, and how it is made present to us.

    Also, don’t shy away from connecting the dots when it comes to the teachings of the Church, the Church’s Sacramental life, and praying the Rosary. There are connections to be made there, and you’ll find that some things will make deeper and more sense with time. Sometimes, I’ll be reading something, and I’m suddenly reminded of some aspect of the Rosary, and/or vice versa. To give you an example, I’ve made my way through Part I of Benedict XVI’s “Jesus of Nazareth,” and am making my way through Part II. Then it hit me one day: Bam! There were the Luminous Mysteries, right there. I think there are times when we tend to compartmentalize things, even in our spiritual lives, instead of allowing them to “speak” to each other. Gratitude is also helpful, too: remember that the Rosary and any insight that comes with praying it as gifts. “Behold, your mother.”

    God bless you all.

    • LizEst

      Beautiful. It’s obvious that you have been blessed with much insight into this beautiful prayer. Thank you for sharing those things. God bless you, WSquared.

      • WSquared

        Thank you, and you’re most welcome. Another couple of realizations that hit me some months ago is how much the Rosary is keyed into and meant to enable one to live the Sacramental life of the Church: all of those virtues that one prays for better disposes you to accept the Eucharist as a gift. Coupling that with frequent Confession (when we meditate on the first Sorrowful Mystery, the virtue we ask for is true contrition for sin) is also likewise helpful. It’s as though all of those graces build bridges, bit by bit, within one’s life in a micro and macro level– they are imperceptible at first, but they add up, and ultimately, they become structural in a way that they once weren’t. I think this is a good part of how “built up and rooted in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith” becomes reality and not just a nice idea.

        The Rosary is therefore very much about thinking with the Church, and Mary is often cited as the perfect example of the Catholic theologian for these reasons: Mary pondered all of these things in her heart, so her assent to God’s will is not blind and not unthinking; and in so far as the Catholic tradition requires both faith and reason, the Rosary is thus a perfect example of this– one puts both heart and mind into it, and learns to do so repeatedly.

        As such, something that Fr. Barron related, namely Hans Urs Von Balthasar (if I recall correctly) talking about a “kneeling theology” and one of Fr. Barron’s own theology professors in Paris who always prayed the Rosary, made sense. It made sense to a limited degree before when I first heard him mention it, but when I really started praying this prayer in earnest, what Fr. Barron said began to make sense on a far deeper level.

        • LizEst

          Thanks for the additional insights. Very nice.

    • William Mayer

      Praying the Rosary with Sacred Scripture is an absolute wonder. It is recommended to use St. Luke’s Gospel narrative for the Joyous Mysteries, whereas the Sorrowful Mysteries can be used with any Gospel (yet St. Matthew’s and St. John’s are more revealing of the suffering of Christ in the Garden as well as on the Way of the Cross); the Glorious Mysteries use for the 1st two of it some Gospel ends (St. Luke, St. Matthew), or one may use Acts CH 1. For the Descent of the Holy Spirit, use Acts 2. For the Assumption, I found Hebrews 11: 5 to be helpful. And for the last of the Glorious, to use Revelation 12: 1-2, 5, 17 to be expedient.

      After reading Holy Scriptures before each decade, I pause to reflect some on the meaning of the mystery, as well as what it may apply to my soul. Using this process, one finds great aid in focusing on the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary during the decade prayers.

      What I find helpful, as well, is 1) ask for a particular grace from the Blessed Virgin Mary before beginning the Holy Rosary (such as will to holiness, profound humility, purity of heart, etc.), 2)Praying the 1 Our Father and 3 Hail Marys for increase of Faith, Hope, and Charity ALONG SIDE the ACTS OF FAITH, HOPE, CHARITY, which are traditional Catholic prayers found in missals, online, most anywhere, and also, unfortunately are much forgotten today.

      Before beginning a Salve Regina, “Hail Holy Queen”, after finishing the Holy Rosary, I find very well-to-do to recall to the Blessed Virgin Mary (and myself) the grace for which I asked from Our Lady at the beginning of the Rosary (purity of heart, for example). This increases my devotion to Our Lady every time!

      It also helps a lot if you can go before the Blessed Sacrament, exposed or not, to pray the Rosary, as I believe more distractions may come (in my experience but I believe for also for all) when you pray the Rosary elsewhere. What is also extant is that you may adore Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament afterwards!

      Gazing at and thinking on Our Lord in His presence is a wonderful way to begin your devotion to Him in the Holy Sacrament of the Altar, for we all know that seeing Our Lord through Holy Mary’s eyes is very good, but Our Lord wants our personal gaze on Him!

      If you do these things, you will find much assistance in your life, for you are showing to God that you will His will, that is to have a sanctified life.

      May God Bless You All.

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