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It Happened Today: Hugh of St. Cher’s Concordance (1263)

Hugh was a great Bible scholar and an innovator in theology.

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Morning Thoughts for Every Day in the Year

Devotional (2016 church year): Blessed Is the Gift of Drawing Others Out (1907)

I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might...

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Following disclosures of a 1980 sexual liaison with church secretary Jessica Hahn, Jim Bakker steps down as head of the PTL ministry. He will later go to prison on charges of financial fraud.

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Lithunians establish The Chronicle, an underground newspaper, to expose Soviet cruelty toward Catholic Christians.

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Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania. Brooklyn, New York.


In the encyclical Divini redemptoris Pope Pius XI declares “There would be neither socialism nor communism today if the rulers of the nations had not scorned the teachings and material warnings of the Church.”

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Divini redemptoris.


Charles Harrison Mason experiences baptism of the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues. An African-American, he will become founder and head of the Church of God in Christ, Inc.

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Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.


Death in Racine, Wisconsin, of James De Koven, an Episcopal priest and a leader of Anglican ritualism.

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Pope, William C. Life of the Reverent James de Koven.


American poet William Cullen Bryant writes his Christmas hymn “Look from Thy Sphere of Endless Day” for the fiftieth anniversary of the Church of the Messiah in Boston.

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Wells, Amos R. A Treasury of Hymn Stories. Baker, 1992.

In Vienna, the first public performance of Franz Joseph Haydn’s oratorio Creation takes place. Tickets have been sold out long in advance. A public rehearsal and a private performance for the elite had taken place almost a year earlier, also in Vienna. Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

Henry Nott and fellow missionaries conduct the first Christian service ever held in Tahiti. The meeting takes place under cover of some enormous trees with the king of Tahiti and many other Tahitians present.

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Harrison, Eugene Myers. "Herald of the Love of God in Tahiti." Giants of the Missionary Trail.


Philip Doddridge is ordained to the ministry. His book The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul will be influential in converting English statesman William Wilberforce and many others to evangelical Christianity.

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Hatfield, Edwin. The Poets of the Church. New York: Anson Randolph & Company, 1884.


Death at Longleat, England, of Thomas Ken, notable in his generation as one of seven bishops who had been sent to the Tower of London for refusing to publish King James II’s Declaration of Indulgence. He will be remembered by succeeding generations as the author of the doxology “Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow.”

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Death in Helmstadt, Germany, of Georg Calixtus who had been the most influential perpetuator of Melanchthon’s Lutheran theology in the seventeenth century.

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Schaff, Philip. The Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge.


Sophia Olelkovich Raziwell died, the last descendent of the Olelkovich-Slutsk dynasty. Passionate for Orthodoxy, she had refused to convert to Catholicism and had obtained a law allowing landowners of the region (modern-day Belarus) to remain Orthodox. Because of her efforts, the region around Slutsk will become a bastion of Orthodoxy, and in 1983 she will be canonized by the Orthodox Church.

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William Allen, exiled head of England’s Roman Catholics, exhorts King Philip II of Spain by letter to undertake an invasion of England and declares that the Catholics there are clamoring for him to punish Queen Elizabeth, “hated by God and man.”

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“Allen, William.” The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church.


The Edict of Amboise grants a narrow permission for the exercise of the Protestant religion in France.

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Great Men and Famous Women.


On order of a superior, Anthony of Padua (Fernando de Bouillon), preaches his first, powerful sermon, the fruit of much reflection.

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Stoddard, Charles Warren. The Wonder Worker of Padua. Notre Dame, IN: The Ave Maria, 1896.