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It Happened Today: Patrick Hamilton Enters the University of St. Andrews (1523)

Hamilton's rise at St. Andrews gave him a platform from which to introduce Lutheran ideas.

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Devotional (2016 church year): Have Faith (1878)

See that you never hold a consultation unless faith be present, yea, and...

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Death in Nairobi of Roland Allen, whose approach to creating indigenous missions will become prevalent later in the twentieth century. 

Authority for the date:

Siggs, Samuel M. “Finding the Grave of Roland Allen.” International Bulletin (July 2012) 150, 151.


The Soviets, attempting to placate the anger of the Perm populace following the execution of Archbishop Andronicus, summon the Orthodox priest Vladyka Theophanes to Perm to take his place. This will cost Theophanes his life. He will be arrested in October and murdered on Christmas Eve by being repeatedly lowered nude by the hair of his head through a hole chopped in a frozen river.

Authority for the date:

Moss, Vladimir. Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of the Urals, Siberia and Central Asia.

Death of Carry Nation, American temperance leader. After an unhappy marriage to a drunkard, she had joined the prohibitionists. In 1899 she began her notorious career by wrecking all the saloons in Medicine Lodge, Kansas. She used an ax in her 1901 crusades against the saloons in Wichita and Topeka. She did much to spur the prohibition movement in the U.S. Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

John Joseph Burke is ordained a Roman Catholic priest. He will become an influential Paulist and the editor of The Catholic World.

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Thérèse of Lisieux makes her Act of Oblation (an offering of herself to God’s love).

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Death of William Carey, the Baptist “Father of Modern Protestant Missions.” Authority for the date: Neill, Stephen. A History of Christian Missions. (Pelican History of the Church.)
Death of Madame Guyon, a Roman Catholic mystic who claimed union with Christ. She deeply influenced François Fenelon. Authority for the date: New Catholic Encyclopeida.

Death of Jesuit missionary and poet Jose de Anchieta at Retirygba, Brazil. He had helped establish São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

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Death of Jeanne D’Albret, Queen of Navarre, defender of the Huguenots and mother of King Henry IV of France.

Authority for the date:

Anderson, James. Ladies of the Reformation. London: Blackie and Sons, 1857.

Death of Columba of Iona, influential Irish missionary to England. He had founded several monasteries which served as centers of faith and learning. Authority for the date: New Catholic Encyclopeida.