Week 1 – Day B: Canticle of the Sun, Saint Francis of Assisi

In “Canticle of the Sun,” Saint Francis of Assisi (c1182-1226) praises God for some of the wonders of the earthly world. Saint Francis was a Monk whose life and writings had a significant influence on the Church as did the orders of nuns and monks he founded. Francis believed that everything in the natural world …

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Week 1 – Day D: The Nightingale And Glow-Worm, William Cowper

  William Cowper (1731-1800) was one of the most popular English poets of the 18th century. He wrote the words to hymns including ‘God moves in a mysterious way’ and ‘O for a closer walk with God’. He knew John Newton, who wrote the words to ‘Amazing Grace’ and wrote some poems to support the …

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Week 2 – Day A: Dream of the Rood, in translation from the Anglo Saxon

  Dream of the Rood is considered a masterful expression of the theme of the crucifixion. It is one of the oldest Christian poems known to have been written in Britain, and was originally written in Anglo Saxon. Although no one knows for sure who wrote it, it was probably written around the 8th century. …

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