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Saint Bede of Jarrow (14)
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St Aidan Returns King Penda’s Fire
Music: Charles Villiers Stanford
When Penda tried to burn down Bamburgh Castle, St Aidan turned the pagan King’s own weapons against him.

A FORTRESS was raised at Bamburgh by Ida, the first King of the coastal Kingdom of Bernicia, in 548. At that time, it was called Dinguoaroy; it was later named Bebbanburgh after Bebba, wife of Ida’s grandson Æthelfrith.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Aghast. Ghastly.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Smoke. Name. Rise.

Use together in one sentence: Again. High. Later.

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Passover to Pentecost
Music: George Frideric Handel
St Bede explains how the Exodus and the Ten Commandments are related to Easter and Whitsuntide.

THE children of Israel, delivered from slavery in Egypt by the sacrifice of a lamb, set out across the desert towards the Promised Land, and came to Mount Sinai.

There, fifty days after Passover, the Lord descended upon the summit amid the sound of trumpets, and thunderclaps and lightning flashes, and laid down the Ten Commandments.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Light. Alight.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Set. Spirit. Breast.

Use together in one sentence: Upper. Take away. Across.

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Lost Innocence
Music: Frank Bridge
In the fourth century, Britain’s Christians acquired a taste for watering down the mystery of their message.

WHERE the uproar of persecution subsided, Christ’s faithful, who during the crisis had buried themselves in woods and remote, lonely caves, went out in public. They renovated ruined churches, founded, built and finished off churches dedicated to the holy martyrs, unfurling them everywhere like victory banners, and celebrated feast days, doing everything with clean and holy hearts and lips.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Novel. New.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Ruin. Spread. Name.

Use together in one sentence: Up to. Ruin. Time.

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Cuthbert and the Mystery Guest
Music: John Garth
A young monk was rewarded for taking his duties as guest-master seriously.

ONE freezing cold winter’s morning, after a night of snow, Cuthbert was surprised to discover a footsore traveller in the guest-house. He bathed the man’s feet, and suggested breakfast, but it seemed his visitor’s home was a long way off, and he was eager to be gone.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Leave. Abandon. Desert.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Breakfast. Fall. Place.

Use together in one sentence: Second. Just. Shrug off.

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Bread from Heaven
Music: Edward German
Cuthbert trusted that keeping his promised fast would not do him any harm.

AT ten o’clock one morning, Cuthbert stopped off in a village, hoping to find something for his horse to eat; as it was a Friday and Cuthbert liked to fast until three, he declined all offers of food himself, though he had no idea when he might eat again.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Contented. Contentious.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Notice. Return. Record.

Use together in one sentence: Put one in mind. Loaf. Who.

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The Lessons of History
Music: Sir Hubert Parry
England’s first and greatest historian explains why history is so important.

I WARMLY welcome the genuine eagerness with which you not only apply yourself to listen most attentively to the words of Scripture, but also make the effort to acquaint yourself in detail with the sayings and doings of earlier generations, and particularly the famous men of our own nation.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Chase. Pursue.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Record. Know.

Use together in one sentence: Himself. Worthy. Own.

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