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Germain Lepage's Testament

dated the 10 September 1713

In the name of the Most Holy Trinity, Father and Son and Holy Spirit, one God, in whom I believe, in whom I hope and whom I desire to love and serve and honor only in my life and forever.

I, myself, Germain Lepage, aged 86 years, declare that God has given me the grace to consider with abandonment and confidence the fragility of human life and to see that it is usually followed by a surprising and improvised death. he was also good enough to inspire me to come to this incomparable surprise and to prepare myself for this last moment, by freeing me from now on of all the affairs, their frivolity, so as not to have to die, no thought that my salvation, which makes me rejoice, after having invoked the graces of the Holy Spirit and seriously thought of the duty of my conscience, to make this testament, which I dictate, write and sign with my own hand, with complete freedom and a perfect use of my reason, wanting it to be punctually executed incontinent after my death, according to the keeping of the following notes.

I ask my children to want to do something that happened to me in my life, even though I confessed to it. I found that the penance which I made according to whom I had ordered it by my confessor is not suitable for the thing, that why, I tell my children to give one hundred sols for satisfaction, with thirty sols that on the other hand, that I picked up ten years ago on the ground, knowing very well who they belonged to and I did not return them.

After my death, they will put me in a coffin and they will take me to my chapel or whatever it is in a holy place, and they will keep me there, waiting for God to give me the grace that one day will come to bury me and when the burial will come, they will take me out of the coffin and they will put me in my naked grave, that is to say, buried in my habit of the Third Order.

Germain Lepage

Rimouski, 10 September 1713

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