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Barton Stone

It Happened Today: Revival at Cane Ridge (1801)

Christians would pray, “Lord, make it like Cane Ridge.”

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Daily Readings of Holy Seasons

Devotional (2016 church year): Remember the Transfiguration (1875)

He took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray....

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The Papacy condemns parts of Liberation Theology.

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The Orthodox priest Tikhon Fyodorovich Yeroshkin, serving in the Bulayev region of Kazakhstan, is sentenced to death by the Communists and will subsequently be shot.

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


An extensive service is held in Atlanta’s West Mitchell Street Colored Methodist Episcopal Church for the burial of Bishop L. H. Holsey who had been a great builder and orator in the denomination.

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Phillips, C. H. History of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church in America.


Death of James Springer White, an early leader of the Seventh-day Adventists, three times president of their General Conference, and an evangelist and editor for the movement.

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Death of John Mason Neale, hymnologist and hymnwriter. Two of his best known hymns are the Christmas carols “Good Christian Men, Rejoice” and “Good King Wenceslaus.”

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Wells, Amos R. A Treasury of Hymn Stories. Baker, 1992.


(some say August 7th) French Ursuline nuns arrive at New Orleans, where they will set up the first permanent Catholic charitable institution within the boundaries of what will become the United States.

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Death of Dominic, founder of the Dominican order. His love of people was so genuine, he once offered himself as a slave to a Moor in exchange for the son of a widow.

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Encyclopedia Americans, 1956.


After an eight-day seige, Saladin captures Beirut from the Crusaders.

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According to tradition St. Sixtus II, the Bishop of Rome, is seized while holding an illegal service in a cemetery and is executed sitting in his own chair. The emperor Valerian’s soldiers kill several deacons that same day.

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