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Francis Asbury

It Happened Today: Francis Asbury Preached His Last Sermon (1816)

John Wesley asked for volunteers to go to America and Asbury stepped forward.

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Helps to a Holy Lent

Devotional (2016 church year): Maundy Thursday

[In the Garden of Gethsemane, Christ] pleads for one hour’s sympathy and...

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Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdanez is martyred by sniper fire while saying mass in San Salvadore. He had been a vocal opponent of San Salvadore’s brutal military. Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

Death in exile of Nikolai Berdyaev, a Russian Orthodox political theorist and associate of Jacques Maritain and his circle. “The substance of life can only be religious. It is an entering into the life of God, that is, into true Being.”

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First medical class of missionary-doctor Ida Scudder graduates in Vellore, India. The medical school she founded will become one of Asia’s foremost teaching hospitals.

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Wilson, Dorothy Clark. Ida Scudder.


Lutheran pastor Friedrich Schmid establishes a training center near Ann Arbor, Michigan, to prepare missionaries to the American Indians.

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Peters, Paul. “The Fruits of Luther’s Mission-Mindedness.”


Death of Queen Elizabeth I of England who had taken the final steps to make Anglicanism the state religion of England.

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Death of Walter Hilton, first person to write a book on mysticism in the English language—The Scale of Perfection. Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.
Pope Innocent III places England under interdict, canceling all religious services and Christian burials, until King John submits to the pope’s choice of archbishop Stephen Langton. Langton will later help draft the Magna Carta which the barons will compel John to sign. Authority for the date: Peoples' Chronology