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Attack on Beziers

It Happened Today: Béziers Massacre (1209)

Cathar life and doctrine was a challenge to Rome’s authority.

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Morning Thoughts to Cheer the Day

Devotional (2016 church year): Rise higher (1904)

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly...

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Forty-two delegates meet at Winona Lake, Indiana, to found Youth for Christ International. Torrey Johnson is elected president and recruits Billy Graham as the first full-time evangelist for the movement.

Authority for the date:

Shelley, Bruce L. “The Young and the Zealous.” Christian History 92 (2006).


Ordination of Vladimir Nikolsky to the Orthodox priesthood. Under the name Andronicus he will serve the church faithfully both as a missionary and as an archbishop. The Soviets will execute him in 1918 because of his uncompromising defense of the fallen Tsars and opposition to the atheistic teachings of communism.

Authority for the date:

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


Death of James Varick, first Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.

Authority for the date:

Biography Resource Center. Gale Group, Inc, 2001.


Richard Cameron, Scots Covenanter leader, is ambushed and killed.

Authority for the date:

Dictionary of National Biography.


French mystic Madame Guyon claims she has achieved union with God on this, St. Mary Magdalene’s Day.

Authority for the date:

Guyon, Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte. Autobiography.


An executioner in Metz cuts off Jean Leclerc’s right hand, tears his arms and chest with pincers, and encircles his head with a red-hot band of iron before consigning his body to flames. A wool-carder and Protestant, Leclerc had smashed Catholic images. His last words are, “Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.”

Authority for the date:

Baird, Henry Martyn. The Rise of the Hugenots.


Don Fr. Francisco de Cisneros, archbishop of Toledo and general inquisitor of Spain, issues an order empowering all bishops in New Spain to investigate, imprison, prosecute, and punish heretics.

Authority for the date:

Dr. Yitzchok Levine. “The Inquisition In Mexico.”


(Probable date) Mellitus and associates leave Rome to travel to England by way of France, carrying letters from the pope and utensils for the church at Canterbury. Mellitus will become the first bishop of London and the third Archbishop of Canterbury.

Authority for the date:

 Wace, Henry. A Dictionary of Christian Biography and Literature...


Dionysius is elected bishop of Rome. His commentaries had won many to faith, and his labors helped restore a church decimated by severe persecution.

Authority for the date:

Brusher, Joseph. Popes Through the Ages, Third Edition. Neff-Kane, 1980.