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Lost Innocence
Music: Frank Bridge
In the fourth century, Britain’s Christians acquired a taste for watering down the mystery of their message.

WHERE the uproar of persecution subsided, Christ’s faithful, who during the crisis had buried themselves in woods and remote, lonely caves, went out in public. They renovated ruined churches, founded, built and finished off churches dedicated to the holy martyrs, unfurling them everywhere like victory banners, and celebrated feast days, doing everything with clean and holy hearts and lips.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Among. Between.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Spread. Hold. Ruin.

Use together in one sentence: Ruin. Martyr. Build.

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Passover to Pentecost
Music: George Frideric Handel
St Bede explains how the Exodus and the Ten Commandments are related to Easter and Whitsuntide.

THE children of Israel, delivered from slavery in Egypt by the sacrifice of a lamb, set out across the desert towards the Promised Land, and came to Mount Sinai.

There, fifty days after Passover, the Lord descended upon the summit amid the sound of trumpets, and thunderclaps and lightning flashes, and laid down the Ten Commandments.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Appear. Seem. Seam.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Breast. Hope. Set.

Use together in one sentence: Sin. Kindle. Room.

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Bede and the Paschal Controversy
Music: George Frideric Handel
The earliest Christians longed to celebrate the resurrection together at Passover, but that was not as easy as it sounds.

CHRIST died and rose again at Passover, the week-long Jewish festival at the first full moon of Spring. Christians had always wanted to celebrate Easter at that time each year, but no astronomer could determine the vernal equinox or full moon with precision.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Council. Counsel.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Date. Say. Spring.

Use together in one sentence: Spring. Wait. Think.

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Macarius and the Hyena
Music: George Frideric Handel
A monk of the Egyptian desert helped a desperate mother, and was richly rewarded.

THEY say that as Macarius was praying one day, a hyena crept into his desert cave and began to lick his feet.

Finding the monk slow to comprehend, the hyena gently tugged at his tunic and tried to draw him towards the door.

Still puzzled, Macarius followed her until they came to her own cave.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Since. Ago.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Leave. Mouth. Drop.

Use together in one sentence: Smile. Mother. Comprehend.

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