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Devotional (2016 church year): Be Doers of the Word (1890)

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William Marrion Branham, who becomes a faith healer in 1946, will later claim that on this day, May 7, he received an angelic visitation commissioning his efforts. He will make many other controversial claims of contact with God and angels as the years go on, and will eventually declare himself to be the end-time Elijah foretold in prophesy.

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Katharine Drexel becomes a postulant [candidate for acceptance into a religious order] with the Sisters of Mercy in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, where she prepares to found a congregation to serve African American and Native American people who are oppressed by discrimination and dire poverty.

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Guido Verbeck and other missionaries sail from the United States for the Orient, where Verbeck will become famous for his educational and translation work in Japan and will eventually be honored by the Japanese with the Order of the Rising Sun.

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McLean, Archibald. Epoch Makers of Modern Missions. New York, Chicago [etc.]: Fleming H. Revell company, 1912.

Tiyo Soga is baptized. He will become a great African preacher. Authority for the date: H.T. Cousins. From Kaffir Kraal to Pulpit: The Story of Tiyo Soga. S.W. Partridge, 1899.

Russian Orthodox bishop John Veniaminov (St. Innocent of Alaska) departs from Irkutsk for Alaska where he will do notable missionary work and translate portions of the Bible into several indigenous languages. He will later serve as Metropolitan of Moscow. 

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Death of Nilus of Sora, a Russian monastic leader who advocated small monastic groups rather than huge monasteries and insisted each monk support himself by useful labor, among which was the copying and correcting of old manuscripts. He advocated mercy toward heretics.

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Joan of Arc leads the final charge ending the Siege of Orléans, reportedly after pulling an arrow from her own shoulder or breast. The victory marks a turning point in the Hundred Years’ War.

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Richey, Stephen Wesley. Joan of Arc: the Warrior Saint.

The Second Council of Lyons convenes with the goal of reunifying the Roman and Greek churches. Attended by approximately 500 bishops, it is ultimately unsuccessful because, although Orthodox delegates agree to recognize the papal claims and recite the creed with the filioque clause, the union is fiercely rejected by the majority of Orthodox clergy and laity. Authority for the date: Catholic Fact Book.