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Rupert of Salzburg

It Happened Today: Rupert’s Last Easter (718)

After the inhabitants of Worms drove him away, he evangelized along the Danube. 

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Chrysostom

Devotional (2016 church year): Easter, the Resurrection of Our Lord (400)

Are there any who are devout lovers of God?
Let them enjoy this beautiful...

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1991

Missionary Lynda Bethea is beaten to death by robbers in Kenya when she and her husband stop to help a “wounded” African lying in the road.

Authority for the date:

Baptist Press News Service of the Southern Baptist Convention.

1981

Alfred Selepe, Nazarene church-planter, pastor, and evangelist is attacked by two young men, probably gangsters, and suffers eleven stab wounds but will recover after treatment.

Authority for the date:

Dictionary of African Christian Biography.

1930

Bolsheviks shoot Orthodox priest Basil Borisovich Chubinsky in Barabinsk on accusation of counter-revolutionary activities, and they exile his family.

Authority for the date:

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

1930

Bolsheviks shoot Basil Feofanovich Infantyev, a priest of the Bratskaya Church, for “anti-Soviet activity” because he had opposed communist renovations in the teaching and practice of the Russian Orthodox Church. They will harrass his widow after his execution.

Authority for the date:

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

1929

Death of Charles Henry Brent, an Episcopal priest active in the ecumenical movement. Two years before his death, he had presided over the 1927 World Conference on Faith and Order, in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Authority for the date:

http://anglicanhistory.org/asia/brent/memorial_sermons1929.html

1920

Death of Francis Nathan Peloubet, American Congregational clergyman known for his annual volumes of Select Notes on the International Sunday School Lessons.

Authority for the date:

www.patheos.com.

1889

Death of John Bright, an English Quaker parliamentarian, famous for his speeches and advocacy of reforms.

Authority for the date:

Encyclopedia Americana, 1956.

1837

Death at Bancoorah, India, of James, a convert from Hinduism. After his conversion, he had superintended a string of Christian schools and evangelized his own people as he had opportunity, overcoming the prejudices of his father, brothers, and some others who became Christians.

Authority for the date:

Memoir of the Rev. John James Weitbrecht. London: James Nisbet, 1857.

1716

Death of George Keith, an Anglican rector. As a young man, Keith had joined the Quakers but later withdrew from them, believing their doctrine had drifted from truth, and became instead an Anglican priest. He had served as a missionary to American Quakers before becoming a rector in Sussex, England.

Authority for the date:

Wikipedia.

1683

King Christian V of Denmark commissions pastor and poet Thomas Kingo to prepare a new hymnal for use in Danish churches.

Authority for the date:

www.lutheranhistory.org.

1555

Nineteen-year-old William Hunter is burned to death in Brentwood, England, for refusing to accept the Catholic dogma of transubstantiation. He had resisted both threats and bribes.

Authority for the date:

Wikipedia.

1549

Anabaptist Elizabeth Dirks is drowned in a bag. Her Catholic captors, in an attempt to get her to betray the name of the person who baptized her, had tortured her with thumbscrews until blood spurted from under her fingernails, and crushed her legs in screws until she fainted from agony.

Authority for the date:

Bainton, Roland. Women of the Reformation.

1378

Death of Pope Gregory XI, the last internationally-agreed-upon pope to reign in Avignon. Antipopes will reign there, however, because rivalries for the papacy after his death will result in the “Great Schism,” in which popes and antipopes vie for control of Christendom.

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.

1329

Pope John XXII issues In Agro Dominico condemning twenty-eight propositions of the Dominican mystic Meister Eckhart.

Authority for the date:

New Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1967.

853

Death of Haymo, a Saxon monk and scholar, and founder of the library of Halberstadt.

Authority for the date:

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