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Stick and Carrot
Music: John Marsh
The Virgin Mary and her son team up to get the best out of some careless monks.

THE Abbot of the Vatopedi monastery was in the chapel alone one morning, when suddenly he heard a voice.

After looking this way and that, he realised it had come from an icon of Mary, with her child Jesus on her lap.

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Distinguish using sentences: Except. Accept.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Wait. Press. Hand.

Use together in one sentence: Alive. Hand. Reach up.

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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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Distinguish using sentences: Lamp. Light. Torch.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Form. Light. Leave.

Use together in one sentence: When. Form. King.

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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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Use as a noun and also as a verb: Keep. Man. Hope.

Use together in one sentence: Health. No. Or.

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Annunciation
Music: Pavel Chesnokov
Cynewulf reflects on the mystery of the appearance of the angel Gabriel to Mary.

YOUNG was the woman,
an untouched maid, he took for mother;
it was with no man’s caresses of love
that the bride grew great with child.
Never then, nor since, in this world
was any woman’s reward its equal;
it was Mystery, the Master’s secret.

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Distinguish using sentences: Angel. Angle.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Reward. Name. Man.

Use together in one sentence: Hold. My. Heart.

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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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Use as a noun and also as a verb: Name. Light. Keep.

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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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