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It Happened Today: Cyprian Beheaded in Carthage (258)

He ducked one chance to die a martyr but boldly faced his encore opportunity.

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Devotional (2016 church year): Pray when in need (1892)

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things...

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Funeral of Mrs. Joannah Mobola Ayorinde, at First Baptist Church, Broad Street, Lagos, Nigeria. She had been a holy and fearless Baptist leader of the Women’s Missionary Union.

Authority for the date:

Dictionary of African Christian Biography.


Mother Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton is canonized by Pope Paul VI, becoming the first person born in the United States to be declared a saint of the Catholic Church.

Authority for the date:

World Topic Yearbook, 1976.


(or the 15th) Death of composer Charles H. Gabriel, who had published numerous Gospel songbooks and anthems. His popular hymns included “More Like the Master,” “Send the Light,” “O That Will Be Glory,” and “I Stand Amazed in the Presence.”

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.


Death of hymnwriter Jane Fox Crewdson at Summerlands, England. Among her hymns (most of which were written during a long illness) was “I’ve Found a Joy in Sorrow.”

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Death in Ramsgate, Kent, of Augustin W. N. Pugin, influential in the nineteenth-century Gothic revival of ecclesiastical architecture. Among his designs was the beautiful St Augustine's Abbey Church in Ramsgate.

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Francis Scott Key, an Episcopalian layman and cofounder of the American Sunday School Union, is inspired to write the song that becomes America’s national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” when he sees that Fort McHenry has not struck its colors after a night of heavy bombardment by British ships during the war of 1812. Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

Consuming many cups of coffee, George Frederick Handel completes the oratorio The Messiah, begun only twenty-four days earlier. The manuscript is remarkably free of errors considering its length, the speed with which it is composed, and his own infirmity—he has already suffered a stroke.

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.

Death of Dante Alighieri, author of the greatest epic of medieval Christianity, The Divine Comedy. Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

Francis of Assisi has a vision of a Seraph. Filled with joy, he discovers wounds have appeared on his hands, feet, and side (the stigmata).

Authority for the date:

Durant, Will and Ariel. The Age of Faith. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1950.


Death of John Chrysostom, considered the greatest preacher of his era. He was being forced to march into remote exile despite severe illness.

Authority for the date:

Baur, Chrysostom. “St. John Chrysostom.” Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton, 1910.