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It Happened Today: Death of Jerome (420)

He lived as an ascetic in the midst of Rome’s pomp.

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Smith Wigglesworth

Devotional (2016 church year): We can experience grace and peace (1999)

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with...

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A Muslim mob ravages the St. George Coptic Church in Edfu, Egypt. Islamic officials and local media put the blame on Christians.

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Death of Moses Okesiji, a prominent Baptist pastor in Nigeria who had been associated with many efforts in behalf of his church and his people.

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Dictionary of African Christian Biography.


Death of Elsie Singmaster, an award-winning and internationally renowned Lutheran novelist and historical writer, whose books featured Pennsylvanian Germans.

Authority for the date:

Richman, Kevin. "Lewars, Elsie Singmaster."


Death from a seizure of the Orthodox priest Seraphim (Nicholas Zagorovsky), considered a martyr because of the years he spent in exile and because after his release he was forced to live a life of privation and suffering in order to hold religious services in secret.

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Death of Johann Jakob Herzog, German Reformed theologian, educator, and a major contributor to The German version of the Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge. Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.
Death of Francis Wayland, Baptist preacher and educator, at Providence, Rhode Island. Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

Death of George Whitefield in Newburyport, Massachusetts. The English revivalist had preached his last sermon the evening before.

Authority for the date:

Larsen, Timothy T., David W. Bebbington, and Mark Noll. Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals. IVP Academic, 2003

Phillip Doddridge, clergyman and author of the influential book The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul sails from Falmouth for a warmer climate in the hope of recovering from consumption. He will die a month later. Authority for the date: Knight, Helen C. Lady Huntington and Her Friends. New York: American Tract Society, 1853.
Death of St. Honorius of Canterbury. Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.