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This benediction is said at the end of every service in many churches. I have loved it since I was very young.

Regardless of the translation, it is beautiful.

The image I've chosen to accompany the Scripture selection is one of my favorite sights in Portsmouth, New Hampshire - the landmark North Church.

I have photographed that lovely building from many angles, and at all times of the year. In this case, I was up on the top of the municipal parking garage at dawn, watching as what seemed like it was going to be an extraordinarily colorful sunrise fade as clouds quickly rolled in. However, there was enough definition in the cloud cover - and enough color remaining at the horizon - to create a pretty scene.

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