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It Happened Today: Matthew Henry is Privately Ordained (1687)

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Devotional (2016 church year): God’s Spirit Witnesses with Ours (1858)

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Death in London of Arabella Katherine Hankey, author of the hymns “I Love to Tell the Story” and “Tell Me the Old, Old Story.”

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Orthodox mystic and author Theophan the Recluse is consecrated Bishop of Tambov, where he will demonstrate his forward thinking by establishing a school for girls.

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Andrew Murray is ordained on his 20th birthday. He will become a notable educator of Christians in South Africa and the author of beloved books on Christian living such as The True Vine and Abide in Me. Authority for the date: Davies, Horton. Great South African Christians. Cape Town, New York, Oxford University Press, 1951.

Pran Krishna, a zealous evangelist in India, shows symptoms of cholera and will die the following morning.

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Oriental Christian Biography.

Death of Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf in Herrnhut. He had founded the Moravian Brethren and was a pioneer in ecumenism and Protestant mission work. Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

Death of church organist Dietrich Buxtehude, whose composition and playing were so good that Johann Sebastian Bach had once walked two- hundred-and-fifty miles one way to hear him and to watch him play.

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Standard encyclopedias.