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Cuthbert and the Mystery Guest
Music: John Garth
A young monk was rewarded for taking his duties as guest-master seriously.

ONE freezing cold winter’s morning, after a night of snow, Cuthbert was surprised to discover a footsore traveller in the guest-house. He bathed the man’s feet, and suggested breakfast, but it seemed his visitor’s home was a long way off, and he was eager to be gone.

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Distinguish using sentences: Can. Could.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Snow. Call. Leave.

Use together in one sentence: Puzzle. See. Hint.

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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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Distinguish using sentences: Historic. Historical. Hysterical.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Compete. Want. Date.

Use together in one sentence: Everyone. One. On.

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St Bega
Music: Elias Parish Alvars
In Irish princess fled to Cumbria to escape the Vikings, clutching her precious silver bracelet.

IN 853, Dublin came under the control of the great Viking chieftain Olaf the White who, according to the Norse Sagas and the Irish Annals alike, married Irish royalty. Not all Irish princesses, however, yearned for a warrior-husband. Some were Christians, for whom Norse religion was a step back into darkness.

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Distinguish using sentences: Sole. Soul.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Wear. Husband. Know.

Use together in one sentence: Heaven. During. Young.

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Crayke Abbey
Music: Sir William Sterndale Bennett
The long-lost monastery at Crayke in North Yorkshire was home to two saints with different but equally valuable gifts.

WHEN St Cuthbert was consecrated bishop of Lindisfarne in 685, King Ecgfrith of Northumbria gave him an estate at Crayke, some twelve miles north of York, as a place to stay on his journeys to the capital. Cuthbert at once founded a monastery there, and appointed the first abbot.

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Distinguish using sentences: Tour. Visit.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Place. Visit. Stay.

Use together in one sentence: Named. Man. Give.

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St Erkenwald, Light of London
Music: Franz Joseph Haydn
The seventh-century Bishop of London helped kings and clergy to shine Christian light into the darkness of mere religion.

ERKENWALD was born into a family of royal blood in the Kingdom of Lindsey around 630, and used his inheritance to found a monastery for himself in Chertsey near London, and another for his sister Ethelburga in Barking.

In 674, King Sebbi of Essex was baptised, and Erkenwald’s part in this, together with the high reputation of his two monastic communities, led Theodore, Archbishop of Canterbury, to appoint Erkenwald as Bishop of London in 675.

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Distinguish using sentences: Found. Founded.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Fire. Benefit. Reward.

Use together in one sentence: Become. Lasting. Benefit.

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Undoubting Thomas
Music: George Frideric Handel
Abbot Elfric praised St Thomas for demanding hard evidence for the resurrection.

THOMAS’S unbelief in Christ’s resurrection was not unforeseen, but happened in the foresight of God; for his touch made believers of us. His doubt did us more good than the other Apostles’ belief. For when that touch brought him to belief, it carried our doubt away.

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