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Clement of Ohrid

It Happened Today: Clement of Ohrid Is Laid to Rest (916)

With his death, an era ended.

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The Family Prayer Book

Devotional (2016 church year): Make good use of opportunity (1864)

Merciful God, and Heavenly Father, we thank you that we can draw near to you...

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s parents learn of his execution by Nazis at Buchenwald concentration camp through a broadcast emanating from London.

Authority for the date:

Christian History 32 (1991).


Death of Ding Shujing, the first woman to lead China’s branch of the Young Women’s Christian Association.

Authority for the date:

Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Christianity.


William Sangster is ordained in Wesley Chapel. He will become one of the most influential leaders of the British Methodists during the twentieth century and will constantly appeal to Methodists to return to their roots and seek deeper faith. He also will resist anti-Semitism.

Authority for the date:

Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.


William Wade Harris, a visionary black preacher, sets out to evangelize the French colony of Ivory Coast where he achieves notable success.

Authority for the date:

Christian History 79 (2003).


Death of Swedish hymnwriter Caroline (Lina) V. Sandell Berg. Her most popular hymn in the United States had been “Day by Day.”

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Death of Bible scholar Brooke Foss Westcott. With J. F. A. Hort, he revised the Greek text of the New Testament. As bishop of Durham, he had taken an interest in the lot of the coal miners and had been able to avert labor problems because of the high esteem in which the miners held him.

Authority for the date:

Encyclopedia Americana, 1956.


Death of philanthropist Isabella Graham in New York City. She had trained poor women to learn life skills and habits of thrift, and authored a best-seller, The Power of FaithHer charities had been inspired by her Christian faith.

Authority for the date:

Virtual American Biographies.


Death of John Sergeant, missionary to New England’s Indians. Among his memorable actions had been enlisting David Brainerd as a fellow-missionary to the Indians.

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.


Scottish Covenanter preacher Donald Cargill is hanged for his faith in Edinburgh.

Authority for the date:

Howie, John. Biographia Scoticana (Scots Worthies).


Eight Quakers from England arrive at Boston on the Speedwell and are immediately imprisoned by Puritan authorities. The Puritans look upon Quakerism with suspicion, regarding it as theologically apostate and politically subversive.

Authority for the date:

Savage, James, et al. Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England. p. 297.

An Act for Promoting and Propagating the Gospel in New England is ordered by English House of Commons, inspired by the work of John Eliot among the American Indians. Authority for the date: Winslow, Ola Elizabeth. John Eliot; Apostle to the Indians. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1968.
Death of Pope Urban II, who had preached the first crusade. Authority for the date: Brusher, Joseph. Popes Through the Ages, Third Edition. Neff-Kane, 1980.

Death of Pope St Celestine I, who had defended the orthodox faith against several heresies and had also supported St. Augustine of Hippo. He may have sent St. Patrick to evangelize Ireland.

Authority for the date:

Brusher, Joseph. Popes Through the Ages.