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Hilary of Poitiers

It Happened Today: Hilary of Poitiers Died in Peace (368)

Paganism did not satisfy his longing to do something worthwhile for his creator.

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Cover of Chimes of Bygone Years

Devotional (2016 church year): Thoughts for the anxious

To arrive at a right conclusion in any difficulty, weigh as comprehensively...

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1964

Pope Paul VI nominates Karol Wojtyla to be Archbishop of Cracow. In 1978 he will become Pope John Paul II.

Authority for the date:

“Karol Wojtyla” www.legacy.com/obituaries/dayton/obituary.aspx?pid=3375840 

1930

Soviets arrest Orthodox priest Artemius Grigoryevich Zuyev in Taldy-Kurgan province and sentence him to death for anti-Soviet and counter-revolutionary propaganda and agitation.

Authority for the date:

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

1919

Death in Miami, Florida, of hymnwriter Margaret Jenkins Harris who had written the popular hymns “He Took My Sins Away,” “I Will Praise Him,” and “I’ve Pitched My Tent in Beulah.”

Authority for the date:

hymntime.com.

1915

Death in Nigeria of missionary Mary Slessor, known as the “White Queen to the Cannibals.”

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.

1908

Daniel Opperman claims baptism in the Holy Spirit. He will become a Pentecostal leader and editor of The Blessed Truth.

Authority for the date:

Burgess, Stanley M. New International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements. Zondervan, 2002.

1897

Pope Leo XIII pronounces genuine the Bible verse 1 John 5:7, “There are three that bear witness in heaven, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,” although the verse is not found in any early manuscripts of the New Testament.

Authority for the date:

Schaff, Philip. The Creeds of Christendom.

1889

The first three Lutheran deaconesses in America are consecrated at the Philadelphia motherhouse.

Authority for the date:

Bancroft, Jane M. Deaconesses in Europe.

1888

Charles Spurgeon is censured by the Baptist Union because of his stand in the Down-Grade Controversy and his refusal to provide names and supporting evidence against other Baptist ministers.

Authority for the date:

Christian History 29 (1991).

1873

Death of Anglican clergyman and missionary statesman Henry Venn.

Authority for the date:

Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.

1855

Death in Wynberg, South Africa, of John Scudder, Dutch Reformed missionary to Ceylon and India. He was the father of the famed medical missionary, Ida Scudder.

Authority for the date:

www.lutheranhistory.org.

1817

Robert Moffat reaches Cape Town. The London Missionary Society had been reluctant to send him because of his limited education but he will translate the New Testament into Bechwanas within the decade, and demonstrate that Christian missionaries can succeed in Africa by persistence and patience. Many know him as the mentor and father-in-law of David Livingstone.

Authority for the date:

Harrison, E. Myers.  Heroes of Faith on the Pioneer Trail.

1691

Death of George Fox, founder of the Society of Friends, or Quakers.

Authority for the date:

Fremantle, Anne. The Protestant Mystics. Boston: Little, Brown, 1964.

1681

Don Carlos Sigüenza y Góngora, a lay priest and rector of a hospital in Mexico, issues a pamphlet showing that there is no cause to fear a bright comet which has appeared in the northern hemisphere. A Creole, he will be stung when subsequently called a “dull wit” by an influential Spanish missionary, who says that comets are obviously bad omens.

Authority for the date:

Leonard, Irving A. Don Carlos de Sigüenza Y Góngora. Univ. of California, Berkeley, 1929.

1599

Death of Sir Edmund Spenser, English poet who authored The Faerie Queene.

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.

1547

The Council of Trent debates the doctrine of justification and anathematizes the fundamental doctrines of the Lutheran Reformation.

Authority for the date:

Johnson, Rossiter, ed. The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 9.

1501

The world’s first hymnbook in a language other than Latin is issued by the Bohemian followers of Jan Hus in Prague. It contains 89 hymns.

Authority for the date:

Coffman, Elesha. “Singing the Old, Old Story.” www.christianitytoday.com.

533

Death of St. Remigius, apostle of France and the first bishop of Reims. In one of the most famous incidents of his life, he had baptized King Clovis of France on Christmas day, 496.

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.