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It Happened Today: First St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in America (1737)

The Charitable Irish Society of Boston held a St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

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The Moody Book

Devotional (2016 church year): True Faith Lays Hold of Promises (1900)

For we also received the good news, just as they did; but the message they...

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Bishop Kung Ping Mei of Shanghai is sentenced to life imprisonment because he refuses to head a Communist church-control movement. Authority for the date: Hutten, Kurt. Iron Curtain Christians. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1967.

Death of George W. Warren, an outstanding organist who served at several large Episcopal churches in Albany, Brooklyn, and New York City in the second half of the nineteenth century. One of his hymn tunes is still in use, that to which we sing “God of Our Fathers, Whose Almighty Hand.”

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Amanda Smith goes to a cellar and prays, saying she will be saved or die. She soon experiences the glory of the Lord. Authority for the date: Smith, Amanda. An Autobiography; the story of the Lord’s Dealings with...Amanda Smith, 1968 reprint.

Martyrdom of the Jesuit priest Gabriel Lalemant, who prays for the souls of the Iroquois as they slowly torture him to death with ingenious torments.

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O'Brien, John A. The American Martyrs. New York: Aplleton, Century, Crofts, 1953.


Local authorities, frightened by the pope’s threat to interdict the city of Florence, ask Girolamo Savonarola to stop preaching. He will not and soon afterward is executed.

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New Catholic Encyclopedia.


Death of Macarius, the abbot and wonderworker of Kalyzin, where he had founded a monastery.

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Pope Sixtus IV grants the rector and dean of the University of Cologne the authority to censure printers, sellers, and readers of “heretical” books.

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Lea, Henry Charles. A History of the Inquisition of Spain.