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Henry of Uppsala

It Happened Today: Bishop Henry Felled After Converting Finland (1156)

A Finn named Lalli murdered Henry on a frozen lake.

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Daily Text and Daily Mottoes

Devotional (2016 church year): Scripture for little boys

Text— The Master is come, and calleth for thee . John 11:28.

Motto— There are...

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An outpouring of God’s Spirit follows a fervent prayer by the seminarian Raymond Buana Kibongui at the Undergraduate Bible Seminary of Ngouedi (in what is now known as the Republic of Congo). Swedish missionaries and Congolese seminarians and pastors had been praying for a spiritual revival.

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Dictionary of African Christian Biography.


The Hymn Society of America is formed to improve the music and poetry of Protestant hymns and write new hymns relevant to contemporary life.

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Encyclopedia of Associations.


Soviets execute the Orthodox priest Peter Skipetrov who had denounced communism boldly in his sermons.

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Death of Henry Twells, a clergyman in the Church of England, a preacher of power and author of the hymn “At Even, E’er the Sun Was Set.”

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Nutter, Charles S. Hymn Writers of the Church. Lamar, 1915.


Mel Trotter staggers drunk through Chicago, determined to drown himself in Lake Michigan, but comes to the Pacific Garden Mission, enters, and is converted. Three years later, alcohol-free, he heads a rescue mission in Grand Rapids and eventually founds the Mel Trotter Mission.

Authority for the date:

Henry, Carl F. H. The Pacific Garden Mission. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1942.


Death in Oxford, Georgia, of Atticus Greene Haygood, who had been an editor, an author, and the president of Emory College, as well as a progressive bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, advocating fair treatment and full education of African Americans.

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Death of hymnwriter Georgiana L. Heath who had written “For the Presence of the Springtime” and “Ye Soldiers of Jehovah.”

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Burrage, Henry S. Baptist Hymnwriters and Their Hymns. Portland, Maine: Brown, Thurston & Co., 1888.


The Finnish Missionary Society is organized.

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H.M.S. Dido reaches Banner Cove, Patagonia, and finds dead missionaries, whose diaries show that “Arise, My Soul, Arise” was one of last songs they sang.

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Duffield, Samuel Willoughby. English Hymns; their Authors and History. New York: Funk and Wagnalls, 1886.


Death of John Erskine, a Scottish evangelical minister connected with Scotland’s eighteenth-century revivals.

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Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.


Reformed scholars issue the first full edition of the Heidelberg Catechism, a Calvinist statement of faith written by Peter Ursinus and Caspar Olevianus. It will soon be accepted by nearly all of the Reformed churches in Europe.

Authority for the date:

Strong, James and John McClintock. Cyclopedia Of Biblical, Theological And Ecclesiastical Literature.


Vikings wipe out the monastery on the Isle of Iona. They allow its monks to celebrate mass before slaying them.

Authority for the date:

McNeill, John T. Celtic churches. Univ of Chicago.