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St. Olga

It Happened Today: The Changing Faces of the Ukraine’s Saint Olga

How a cruel regent became a Christian queen.

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Daily Meditations

Devotional (2016 church year): Leave everything with the Lord (1873)

Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act —Psalm 37:5 (ESV).

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1953

Tanganyikan Catholic bishops issue a pastoral letter titled Africans and the Christian Way of Life.

Authority for the date:

Hastings. History of African Christianity.

1924

Eric Liddell wins the Olympic 400 meter race in Paris after he had rejected an opportunity to run in the 100 meter race because its heats were on a Sunday: he believes it is a violation of God’s Sabbath command to run on Sunday.

Authority for the date:

Wikipedia.

1713

Death of Baptist hymnwriter Joseph Stennet who produced hymnals and wrote a few hymns that are still remembered, chiefly “Another Six Day’s Work Is Done.”

Authority for the date:

Burrage, Henry S. Baptist Hymnwriters and Their Hymns. Portland, ME: Brown Thurston & company, 1888.

1681
Oliver Plunkett, Archbishop of Armagh, is executed, on the accusation of treason because of his Roman Catholic faith. He becomes the last Catholic in England put to death for his faith. Authority for the date: Moran, Patrick Francis Cardinal. “Blessed Oliver Plunket.” The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert App
1656

Ann Austin and Mary Fisher become the first Quakers to arrive in America but are promptly arrested. Five weeks later, they will be deported back to England.

Authority for the date:

Selleck, George A. Quakers in Boston, 1656-1964. Three centuries of Friends in Boston and Cambridge.

1382

Death of Nicolas Oresme, a French bishop who had written extensively against astrology and developed graphing techniques later used by Galileo and other scientists—among many other worthwhile contributions to knowledge.

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.

683

Assassination of John, bishop of Bergamo, in Lombardy, where he had resisted the errors of Arianism with success.

Authority for the date:

Fox, John. Actes and Monuments.

335

Athanasius leaves Alexandria in response to a summons to appear at a synod in Tyre, but when he learns that the council has made up its mind to condemn him, he will proceed to Constantinople and make his case to Emperor Constantine.

Authority for the date:

Schaff, Philip. New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge.