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Alcuin of York

It Happened Today: Death of Educator Alcuin, friend of Charlemagne (804)

 English-born Alcuin became the leading educator of the Franks.

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Charles Kingsley

Devotional (2016 church year): Is it Tact or Fear of Man? (1842)

Speaking the truth in love —Ephesians 4:15 (KJV).

Whenever we are tempted to...

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1939

Death of Howard B. Grose, Baptist leader and author of the hymn, “Give of Your Best to the Master.”

Authority for the date:

Cyberhymnal.

1780

Some New Englanders believe Judgment Day has arrived when the sky becomes dusky at noon.

Authority for the date:

Tom de Castella “What Caused the Mystery of the Dark Day?” BBC.

1662

The Cavalier Parliament passes “An Act for the Uniformity of Public Prayers  and Administration of Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceremonies; and for establishing the Form of Making, Ordaining, and Consecrating, Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, in the Church of England.” The act requires reordination of many pastors, gives unconditional consent to the Book of Common Prayer, advocates the taking of the oath of canonical obedience, and renounces the Solemn League and Covenant. Great persecution will follow and about two thousand Puritan ministers will be ejected from their positions.

Authority for the date:

Dale, R. W. History of English Congregationalism. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1907.

1536

Henry VIII has his wife Anne Boleyn beheaded on allegations of adultery and witchcraft. The presence of an extra finger on one hand and an extra nipple were used against her in the trial. Anne had been sympathetic to the Reformation.

Authority for the date:

Encyclopedia Americana, 1956.

1382

(or the 21st) An earthquake shakes London about 2 pm as a synod, led by Archbishop William Courtnay, meets to condemn John Wycliffe for his efforts to reform the church.

Authority for the date:

Foxe, John. Actes and Monuments.

1296

Death of ex-pope Celestine V while in confinement. Following Celestine’s resignation, his successor Pope Boniface VIII kept him incarcerated in the castle of Fumone near Anagni to prevent schemers using him to undermine the papacy.

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.

1125

Death of Vladimir Monomachus. As the Christian ruler of Kiev, he strove to unite Russians and end in-fighting among Russian families. His writings show him to have been pious and to have recognized that faith is only demonstrated by works. “Oh, my children! Give praise to God and love also mankind. Neither fasting, nor solitude, nor monastic life shall save you, but good deeds.” He invoked Christ constantly in prayer. 

Authority for the date:

russiapedia.rt.com/prominent-russians/the-ryurikovich-dynasty/vladimir-i-monomakh-monomachus/

988

Death of Archbishop Dunstan of Canterbury who had attempted to integrate the Danes fully into the English church and nation.

Authority for the date:

Encyclopedia Americana, 1956. 

363

During the night and early morning, earthquakes accompanied by ball lightening disrupt an attempt to rebuild the Jewish temple in Jerusalem that was to begin the next day. These forces destroy much of the material gathered for the work. The rebuilding had the backing of the pagan emperor Julian as one of his lines of opposition to Christianity; and the event will be recounted in numerous contemporary and near-contemporary sources—Pagan, Jewish, and Christian.

Authority for the date:

Ice, Thomas and Randall Price. Ready to Rebuild. Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House, 1992.