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The Venerable Bede

It Happened Today: Bede Chanted a Hymn and Died (735)

As death approached he finished his work and warned his pupils.

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Daily Meditations

Devotional (2016 church year): Give Thanks for Holy Communion (1916)

Read John 6:49-59

I. Our Lord gave the instruction recorded in our passage...

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Death of Walter Thomas Conner, a Southern Baptist preacher and educator active in Texas. He had sought to make theological education result in practical expressions of faith, by writing and teaching for four decades at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Death of Francis Edward Clark, founder of the Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavor.

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Standard encyclopedias.


Pope Pius X issues his “Borromeo” encyclical in which he blames modern revolutions on “the would-be reformers of the sixteenth century” and characterizes them as enemies of the cross.

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Schaff, Philip. Creeds of Christendom


Lillian May Thomas, an African-American, sails for the Congo as a missionary.

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Jacobs, Sylvia M. Black Americans & the Missionary Movement in Africa. Greenwood Pr., 1982.


Thomas Barnardo experiences conversion to evangelical Christianity. His most famous work will be the opening of orphanages for London’s homeless boys and girls.

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Orr, J. Edwin. Second Evangelical Awakening.


Death of Philip Neri, the founder of the Oratorians.

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


A rump session of the Diet of Worms approves an edict declaring Luther a criminal who has committed high treason, and calls for his capture and death.

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Christian History 28 (1999).


Franciscan friar William of Occam, a notable scholar, flees from Avignon to escape Pope John XXII, of whom he had been critical, and joins Emperor Louis of Bavaria. He will take an active part in the emperor’s struggles against the pope.

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Encyclopedia Americana.


Pope Gregory IX appoints Dominican friars to be inquisitors in Aragon. He will appoint others for the kingdoms of Navarre, Castile, and Portugal.

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Balmes, James and William H. Rule. “The Inquisition Established in Spain A.D. 1480.”


(probable date) Death of Augustine of Canterbury, the missionary who had persuaded the Anglo-Saxons of Wessex and Kent to follow Christianity.

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Episcopal Church. Holy Women, Holy Men.


Armenians fight a desperate battle at Avarayr to preserve their Christian culture against the Persians, who have a much larger army. This is the first known battle in history fought to preserve a nation’s Christian faith. Although the Armenians lose the battle and their best leaders, the Persians lose sixty thousand soldiers and agree by treaty that Armenia may practice its faith.

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