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Piety should begin at home (1875)

Let them learn first to show piety at home—1 Timothy 5:4 (KJV). Prayers in the household will not make up for ever...

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1199

Because Philip Augustus has taken  a second wife without properly divorcing his first, Pope Innocent III lays the entire nation of France under an interdict that goes into effect the 12 January 1200 and lasts until 7 September, when Philip will divest himself of the unlawful second wife.

Authority for the date: Catholic Encyclopedia

1562

Death in Zurich of Peter Martyr Vermigli, an Italian theologian with reformation tendencies. He had fled to England from Italy and, with the restoration of Catholicism under Mary Tudor, had fled again to Switzerland.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

1666

The Council of Moscow deposes Russian Orthodox Patriarch Nikon, whose autocratic ways and liturgical reforms had resulted in strife between church and state.

Authority for the date: Shusherin, Ivan Kornil’evich, Kevin Kain, and Katíà Levintova. From Peasant to Patriarch.

1733

Ordination of Stephen Parker, Ebenezer Hinsdell, and Joseph Seccombe at Old South Church in Boston to be missionaries to the American Indians.

Authority for the date: Beaver, R. Pierce. Pioneers in Mission. Eerdman’s, 1966.

1739

Death at Marienborn of Anna Schindler Dober who, with Anna Nitschmann, had formed the  band of unmarried sisters at Herrnhut, the Moravian center. She also wrote hymns and, following her marriage to Bishop Dober, labored beside him to convert Jews.

Authority for the date: Cyberhymnal.

1971

Ordination of Ezekiel Ogunniran Oyatumo in the Nigerian Baptist Convention. Because he was in his twenties before he was able to obtain regular schooling, he had been taunted by younger students. Nonetheless, through hard work and persistence he will become one of the most notable pastors in Nigeria, a prayer warrior, and a defender of conservative values. His church will grow steadily and he will write several books, including a history of the Nigerian Baptists.

Authority for the date: Dictionary of African Christian Biography.

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