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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: Capital. Capitol.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Find. Fit. Keep.

Use together in one sentence: Prophet. Word. Turtle dove.

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St Nicholas and the Empty Granary
Music: Charles Villiers Stanford
The saintly Bishop helped the captain of a merchant ship to cut through the red tape, and save his town from starvation.

IN 333, Lycia suffered one of the worst famines anyone could remember. It was especially bad in Myra, where St Nicholas was bishop, and the granary at the port of Andriaca, built by the Emperor Hadrian, stood empty.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Loose. Loosen. Lose.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Sail. Question. Fine.

Use together in one sentence: Build. Bishop. Here.

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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: Shall. Should.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Smell. Turn. Mind.

Use together in one sentence: Thought. Beast. Shilling.

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St Nicholas and the Golden Dowry
Nicholas used his inheritance to help three vulnerable girls escape a life of exploitation.

IN Nicholas’s hometown of Patara there lived a man who had once been very wealthy, but had now fallen into desperate poverty.

He had three daughters, but they had already had to move away to find work, and as they were all remarkably beautiful he was increasingly anxious that a brothel was their most likely fate.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Town. Village.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Move. Use. See.

Use together in one sentence: Likely. Increasingly. Find.

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