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Eusebius of Caesaria

It Happened Today: Passing of Eusebius, Father of Church History (339)

Much of what we know about early chuch history is owing to Eusebius.

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God's minute

Devotional (2016 church year): Let Us Enjoy Our Privileges (1916)

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens...

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Death in prison of Watchman Nee, famed Chinese evangelist.

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.


Death in Boga, Congo, of African evangelist Apolo Kivebulaya.

Authority for the date:

Gordon, Ernest. Book of Protestant Saints. Chicago: Moody, 1946.


In a letter, Father Weld accepts Gerard Manley Hopkins into the Jesuits. Hopkins will work as a priest among the poor, writing, but not publishing, the poems for which he is famous today, which the world will first see after his death.

Authority for the date:

Ballinger, Phillip A. The Poem as Sacrament: The Theological Aesthetic of Gerard Manley Hopkins. 1977


Ordination of Charles Grafton as a priest in the Episcopal Church. He will found the Sisters of the Holy Nativity and later, as a bishop, will stir controversy because of his fondness for ritual and vestments.

Authority for the date:

Episcopal Church. Holy Women, Holy Men.


A slave betrays plans for a massive uprising planned by African Methodist preacher Denmark Vesey in Charleston, South Carolina. One hundred and thirty one African Americans are arrested and Vesey’s church is closed. Some of the plotters will be executed and others deported.

Authority for the date:

Christian History 62 (1999).


At the request of his father-in-law, Anglican bishop Reginald Heber pens the words to his missionary hymn, “From Greenland’s Icy Mountains.”

Authority for the date:

Hatfield, Edwin. The Poets of the Church. New York: Anson D. F. Randolph & Company, 1884.


William Carey preaches his famous sermon on Isaiah 54:2-3, calling for the church to enlarge its vision.

Authority for the date:

Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.


Death of Metrophanes Kritopoulos, Orthodox patriarch of Alexandria, Egypt. His discussions with Protestants prompted him to write an exposition of Eastern Orthodox doctrine, based on the early church fathers, in an attempt to achieve Christian unity.

Authority for the date:

Encyclopedia Britannica.


Death of King Charles IX of France, haunted by superstitious terrors because of the Huguenots he had ordered to be massacred in the infamous St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre.

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.


Philip of Hesse opens the University of Marburg.

Authority for the date:

Dallmann, William. Patrick Hamilton. St. Louis, MO: Concordia, 1918.


Last preserved letter of Conrad Grebel, written from Zurich, to his brother-in-law Vadian, is a vigorous plea against attempts to suppress Anabaptists by fines, confiscation of property, imprisonment, or death.

Authority for the date:

Wenger, John Christian. Even Unto Death. John Knox Press, 1961.


Joan of Arc walks to the market square where she is to be burned, kneels and prays for her enemies, then mounts the pyre of wood. As the flames leap up, she asks for a cross to be held before her. Her final word is “Jesus.”

Authority for the date:

Christian History 30 (1991).

Jerome of Prague is burned for heresy by the Council of Constance. He had been a follower of reformer Jan Hus. Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

Pope Gregory IX canonizes Anthony of Padua, the “Wonder Worker.”

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Death of Hubert, the “Apostle to the Ardennes” (a region now comprised of Northern France, Belgium, and Luxembourg). Authority for the date: Butler, Alban. Lives of the Saints.