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Gregory of Nyssa

It Happened Today: Gregory of Nyssa

An inept administrator and irresolute youth, Gregory defended orthodox theology with courage.

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A Few More Verses

Devotional (2016 church year): Take Necessary Steps Today (1901)

Today salvation has come to this house — Luke 19:9 (ESV).

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1948

At the order of Cardinal Josef Mindszenty, Hungarians ring church bells in defiance of the Communist government which has declared most traditional church responsibilities illegal.

Authority for the date:

Hutten, Kurt. Iron Curtain Christians. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1967.

1936
Death of G. K. Chesterton, an influential Roman Catholic apologist and wit, noted for his use of paradox. Pope Pius XI will pronounce him a defender of the faith. Authority for the date: Encyclopedia Americana, 1956.
1745

Death of Aaron of Cuddalore, the first indigenous priest ordained by the Lutheran mission at Tranquebar. He had labored eleven years, even after his health failed, winning hundreds to Christ.

Authority for the date:

Oriental Christian Biography.

1594
Death of Dutch vocal composer Orlandus Lassus. Along with the works of Palestrina, his compositions will be considered the pinnacle of the Renaissance. He wrote over one thousand two hundred pieces of music, including fifty-three masses, but his motets will be regarded as his finest pieces. Authority for the date: Catholic Encyclopedia.
853
Execution at Tabanos of Anastasius, a priest, Felix, a Berber monk who converted from Islam, and Digna, a nun. Authority for the date: Coope, Jessica A. The Martyrs of Cordoba: Community and Family Conflict in an Age of Mass Conversion. University of Ne
370
Basil succeeds to the see of Caesarea where he becomes famous for innovations such as hostels, hospitals, and soup kitchens. Authority for the date: New Catholic Encyclopedia.