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Tales from the New Testament (11)
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The Parable of the Prodigal Son
Music: Ignaz Moscheles
Love doesn’t make people pay for past mistakes.

ONCE there was a farmer with two sons. The younger of them asked for everything he was due in his father’s Will, and went off excitedly to see the world.

Very soon all the money had been frittered away, and the unhappy boy found himself keeping pigs to survive.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Will. Would.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Keep. Farm. Father.

Use together in one sentence: Remind. So. Swallow one’s pride.

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Undoubting Thomas
Music: George Frideric Handel
Abbot Elfric praised St Thomas for demanding hard evidence for the resurrection.

THOMAS’S unbelief in Christ’s resurrection was not unforeseen, but happened in the foresight of God; for his touch made believers of us. His doubt did us more good than the other Apostles’ belief. For when that touch brought him to belief, it carried our doubt away.

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The First Easter
Music: George Frideric Handel
In a translation from the Authorised Version of the Bible, published in 1611, St Mark recounts the discovery of Christ’s empty tomb.

AND when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Lay. Lie.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Sun. Roll. Go.

Use together in one sentence: Rise. Garment. Go.

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Candlemas
Music: Sergei Rachmaninoff
A February celebration for which the faithful have brought candles to church since Anglo-Saxon times.

CANDLEMAS is the English name for the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, acknowledging the ancient custom of distributing lighted candles to churchgoers on that day.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Custom. Customs. Costume.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Return. Keep. Visit.

Use together in one sentence: Ancient. Property. Name.

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Redeemed for Five Shillings
Music: George Frideric Handel
Elfric, the tenth-century English abbot, suggests a practical way of thinking about the Presentation of Christ in the Temple.

GOD, in the old law, commanded his people, that they should offer to him every firstborn male child, or redeem it with five shillings. Of their cattle also, to bring whatever was firstborn to God’s house, and there offer it to God. But if it were an unclean beast, then should the master slay it, or give to God another clean beast.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Who. Which. That.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Need. Offer. Do.

Use together in one sentence: Redeem. Command. Thought.

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The Good Samaritan
Music: John Garth
Our responsibilities are not defined by laws or borne by governments. They are defined by mercy, and borne by love.

WHEN Jesus urged his followers to ‘love thy neighbour’, he was quoting directly from Jewish law. However, a lawyer asked ‘Who is my neighbour?’, since Israel was a ferment of Jews and non-Jews living uneasily together under Roman laws.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Found. Founded.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Lie. Touch.

Use together in one sentence: Regarding. Textbook. Directly.

More games: Précis. Sevens. Jigsaw. Confusables. Spinner. Opposites. Verb or Noun? Active or Passive? Subject and Object. Adjectives. Word Classes.