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Lyons Amphitheater

It Happened Today: Lyons Crowd Called for Persecution (177)

The fame of the Christian victims at Lyons has rung through the ages.

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Beaten Oil

Devotional (2016 church year): Mercy is available to those who ask (1862)

God be merciful to me a sinner —Luke, 18:13 (KJV).

How short and expressive...

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Isaiah Ghele Sakpo, a leader, evangelist, and prophet in Nigeria’s Apostolic Church, inaugurates the LAWNA Evangelical Defense Force (LAWNA stands for “Lagos, West and Northern Areas”), a movement whose task is to promote evangelism, prayer, and other spiritual activities among members.

Authority for the date:

Dictionary of African Christian Biography.

Czechoslovakian law says that any priest consecrated without permission of the state is to go to prison for three years—robbing the church of its perogative to choose its own representatives. Authority for the date: Hutten, Kurt. Iron Curtain Christians. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1967.
Anglican missionaries Robert Warren Stewart, his wife Louise, their two children and seven other Christians are butchered in China. Authority for the date: Dawson, E. C. Heroines of Missionary Adventure. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1909.

On his twenty-third birthday, Vladimir Nikolsky becomes a monk in the Russian Orthodox Church, taking the name Andronicus. He will go on to become an archbishop and a martyr under the Soviet regime.

Authority for the date:

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

Death of missionary Robert Morrison at age 52. The first English Protestant missionary to China, he had translated the Bible into Chinese, constructed a Chinese grammar, founded an Anglo-Chinese college, and edited a six-volume Chinese dictionary. Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

Death in Schenectady, New York, of Jonathan Edwards, Jr., son of the famous Jonathan Edwards and of his vivacious wife, Sarah Pierpont. Edwards had learned the Mohican language, was a strictly orthodox pastor and theologian, and became the president of Union College shortly before his death.

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Wu Yushan is consecrated as a Catholic priest at Nanjing by the Chinese bishop Luo Wenzao. Wu’s sermons will become the first collection by a Chinese Christian.

Authority for the date:

Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Christianity.


Death of John of Plano Carpini, emissary of the pope to the Mongols. He had traveled great distances to protest the invasion of Christian lands and assess the strength and goals of the Tatars.

Authority for the date:

New Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1967.


Death of Bishop Ethelwold. His emphasis had been to repair the spiritual damage left by Danish invasions, to promote the Benedictine order, and build monasteries and nunneries. The English people consider him a saint because he sold the treasures of the church in order to feed the poor. Objects could be replaced, he said, but lives are not replaceable.

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.