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Tamed by Wisdom, Freed by Grace
Music: Richard Jones
Abbot Elfric expounds a Palm Sunday text to explain how Christianity combines orderly behaviour with intelligent and genuine liberty.

AN ass is a foolish beast, and dirty, and stupid compared with other beasts, and strong for burdens. Such were men before Christ’s advent: foolish and dirty, while they served idols and various vices, and bowed down to the images they had fashioned themselves, and said to them, “Thou art my god.” And they bore whatever burden the devil laid on them.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Each. Every. All.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Father. Lay. Name.

Use together in one sentence: Nation. Beast. Strong.

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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: Peace. Piece.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Cross. Set. Run.

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

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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: Angel. Angle.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Wind. Host. Mind.

Use together in one sentence: Though. Malice. Human.

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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: Lead. Led.

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

Use together in one sentence: Advent. Night. Creation.

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The Parable of the Ten Virgins
Music: Edward Elgar
Five young women cared enough about a man’s wedding-day to make the smallest of sacrifices, and received the best of rewards.

TEN virgins were chosen to escort a bridegroom into his evening wedding. Each was given a lamp, but five of them foolishly brought no oil from home, perhaps thinking more would (and should) be provided by the happy couple on the day.

Evening came, but the bridegroom was late, and all ten virgins dozed off.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Buy. Bye.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Oil. Wake. Reward.

Use together in one sentence: Everything. Day. Without.

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High Beneath Heaven’s Roof
Music: George Frideric Handel
The Cross of Christ speaks, and tells of the amazing transformation from sign of shame to sign of redemption.

“NOW the time has come for men far and wide upon this earth to have me in veneration, and for the whole, wonderful creation to make its prayers to this Standard.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Standard. Average.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Stand. Race. Roof.

Use together in one sentence: Prince. Human. Hill.

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