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It Happened Today: Benedict Biscop Left His Mark on England (690)

He founded two of England’s most famous monasteries and obtained many books and works of art for them.

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Christoph Blumenhardt

Devotional (2016 church year): One great request

Cast your burden upon the Lord, and he will sustain you. He will never allow...

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Dr. Charles E. Fuller and associates broadcast the Old Fashioned Revival Hour for the last time from the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium, moving afterward to a Hollywood recording studio.

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Soviets arrest the Orthodox priest Nicholas Mikhailovich Vinokurov in Yakutia. He is accused of conducting counter-revolutionary work to overthrow the Soviets and will be shot in Yakutsk in April.

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Moss, Vladimir. Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of the Urals, Siberia and Central Asia.


Death of John Horden, a Church of England missionary to Canada, who had learned five First Nation languages and founded many congregations in small towns and cities. In 1872 the Church of England ordained him as the first bishop of Moosonee.

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Episcopal Church. Holy Women, Holy Men.


Death of Henry Alford, Anglican priest, hymnwriter, and poet, who will be buried in the church yard of St. Martins. His tomb will bear an inscription in Latin that, translated, says, “The Inn of a Traveller on his Way to Jerusalem.”

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary Handbook.


Young George Müller is released after thirty-six days in jail for theft. He will migrate to England where he will become a leader in British faith ministries.

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Müller, George. The Life of Trust: Being a Narrative of the Lord's Dealings With George Müller.


Death of Marguerite Bourgeoys, who had founded the Congregation of Notre Dame of Montreal in the colony of New France (Canada). She had educated young girls in the area now known as Montreal, assisting the poor and American Indians. She will be declared a saint by the Catholic Church.

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Fifty-three lay Christians are beheaded for their faith at Yonezawa, Japan.

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Luther and Agricola meet in a second disputation on the topic of antinomianism (lawlessness). Luther agrees that the law is not necessary to justification but says it must be kept in the church to reveal sin, maintain discipline, and advise Christians what is pleasing to God.

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Luther’s Works, Vol 47. “Against the Antinomians.”


At Zwingli’s suggestion, Zurich Council passes an ordinance to use the assets of monasteries taken over by the reformers to create a fund to assist the poor and schools.

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Christian History 4 Zwingli (1984).


Death of Aelred, an Anglo-Saxon abbot and writer of devotional works.

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Standard encyclopedias.