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The Six Leaps of Faith
Music: Charles Villiers Stanford
The eighth-century English bishop and poet Cynewulf explores a prophecy from the Song of Solomon.

WHEN first he leapt, he lighted on a woman, an untouched maid; and human form he took there (though without sin) that he might be Comforter to all that dwell on earth.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Feast. Feat. Fast.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Comfort. Race. Host.

Use together in one sentence: Untouched. Fast. Spirit.

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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: Shop. Buy. Sell.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Rise. Lay. Sun.

Use together in one sentence: Where. Out. Come.

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Breaking Death
Music: George Frideric Handel
For Jesus Christ to step down alive from his cross would have been a mighty miracle, but not the mightiest.

THE Jews called out to Christ, fastened to the cross, saying that ‘if he was the King of Israel, he should descend now from the cross, and they would believe in him.’

Had he had descended from the cross and not borne their mockery, then without question he would have set us no example of his fortitude; but he did remain there, did bear their mockery, and did show fortitude.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Though. Through.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Set. Wait. Say.

Use together in one sentence: Question. Life. Now.

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At Heaven’s Gate
Music: George Frideric Handel
The eighth-century English bishop and poet Cynewulf takes us to the threshold of God’s holy city, and gives us a choice.

OPEN, ye gates! Creation’s King would enter his citadel, would lead into the joy of joys a people (they are no small company) snatched from the devil by his Victory. Affinity shall angels and men have for ever after.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Gait. Gate.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Hope. Light. Hate.

Use together in one sentence: Son. All. Beneath.

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

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