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St. Brendan celebrating eucharist on a whale's back.

It Happened Today: Reenacting Brendan’s Famous Medieval Voyage (1977)

Did the legendary voyage of St. Brendan have some truth to it? A 20th-century historian decided to find out.

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Devotional (2016 church year): Those with More Light Have More Responsibility (1907)

At whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself — Romans...

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1984

Noble Alexander, a Seventh Day Adventist pastor, steps off a plane in Washington D.C. after spending twenty-two years in Castro’s prisons because of his faith.

Authority for the date:

Voice of the Martyrs. (October, 2002).

1968

Pope Cyril VI of Alexandria, President Abdel Nasser, and Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia inaugurate the new Cathedral of Saint Mark in Cairo, Egypt, a prominent Coptic church building.

Authority for the date:

Pope St. Kyrillos VI Multimedia Web Gallery.

1946

Death of Alma Bridwell White, the first female bishop in the United States (for the Pillar of Fire denomination—formerly known as the Methodist Pentecostal Union Church). A supporter of the Ku Klux Klan, she was anti-Semitic and, despite the original name of her denomination, strongly opposed to Pentecostal manifestations such as tongues-speaking.

Authority for the date:

Britannica

1928

Death in New York City of Isabel Florence Hapgood, who had translated many French and Russian works of literature into English. Love of Russian Orthodoxy and its liturgy had prompted her to translate its rites into English, too. She had also worked to bring together Russian Orthodox and Episcopalians in the United States.

Authority for the date:

Britannica.

1903

Death of Mary Anne Sanderson Gibson Deck. A hymnwriter, she had written “There Is a City Bright.”

Authority for the date:

Cyberhymnal.

1899

Death of Benjamin Newton at Tunbridge Wells. He had been one of the early Plymouth Brethren until differences with the others caused him to separate.

Authority for the date:

Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.

1886

Isaac Barton Kimbrough tells the Texas legislature how he was held up by highwaymen in Tennessee while raising funds for a Christian college and how he persuaded the young robbers to donate to the worthy cause instead.

Authority for the date:

Cummins, David L. This Day in Baptist History.

1529

The Swiss agree to the first Peace of Kappel between Protestant and Catholic cantons.

Authority for the date:

Britannica.

1526

The Diet of Ilanz proclaims religious freedom—the right of all persons in the Grisons (a region of Switzerland), of both sexes, and of whatever condition or rank, to choose between the Catholic and the Reformed religion. Those who choose the Reformed will be subject to banishment but not to death.

Authority for the date:

Schaff, Philip. History of the Christian Church, Volume VIII.

847

Consecration of the scholar Rabanus Maurus as Archbishop of Mainz.

Authority for the date:

Schaff, Philip. History of the Christian Church, Volume IV.

684
Benedict II is consecrated Pope. A humble, charitable man, he will be successful in freeing papal elections from the requirement of imperial confirmation. Authority for the date: Brusher, Joseph. Popes Through the Ages, Third Edition. Neff-Kane, 1980.