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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: Price. Cost. Value.

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

Use together in one sentence: Lighten. Until. Return.

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St George, Patron Saint of England
Music: Edward Elgar
George was born in Israel and served in the Roman army, yet makes an ideal patron for England.

IN 1552, the English government forbade banners depicting Christian saints, considered idolatrous by the country’s newly Protestant churchmen. An exception was made, however, for banners of St George, popular in the army since Richard the Lionheart’s crusade to the Holy Land.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Since. Ago.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Pride. Order. Mean.

Use together in one sentence: Royal. All. Chapel.

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St George the Triumphant Martyr
Music: George Frideric Handel
One of the Emperor Galerius’s most trusted generals openly defied him.

IT was on 24th February 303 that Galerius issued an edict that the Christians’ churches should be demolished and their Scriptures burned, and that they should sacrifice to the traditional gods of Rome or face execution.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Were. Where.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Trust. Issue. Tear.

Use together in one sentence: Weed out. Bishop. Place.

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The Seikilos Epitaph
Music: Greek folk song
Lost for seventeen centuries, caught up in a war, and used as a pedestal for a plant pot, this is the world’s oldest surviving song.

‘WHAT is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.’

At about the same time that St James wrote this, a man named Seikilos, from a village near Ephesus, lost his wife.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Mislead. Mislay. Lose.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Demand. Hide. Place.

Use together in one sentence: Tomb. Safe. Near.

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

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