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Middle-Eastern alliances

The coronation proper began with the singing of the hymn, Veni Creator Spiritus, followed by the versicle, “Lord, send forth your Spirit” and response, “And renew the face of the earth” and the collect for the Feast of Pentecost, “God, who has taught the hearts of your faithful by sending them the light of your Holy Spirit,…” After this the prayer, “Almighty, everlasting God, the Creator of all…”[nb 2] During the Litany of the Saints, the Emperor and Empress remained seated, only kneeling for special petitions. The Emperor and Empress were both anointed on their heads and on both hands with chrism–the Emperor with the prayers, “God, the Son of God…”[4][nb 3] and “God who established Hazael over Syria…”,[4] the Empress with the prayer, “God the Father of eternal glory…”—while the antiphonUnxerunt Salomonem Sadoc Sacerdos… (“Zadok the priest…”) was sung. The Mass then began. At Napoleon’s request, the collect of the Blessed Virgin (as the patron of the cathedral) was said in place of the proper collect for the day. After the epistle, the articles of the imperial regalia were individually blessed,[nb 4] and delivered[nb 5] to the Emperor and Empress.[nb 6]