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Quote of the day

“We left off last term, Gentlemen, upon a note of protest. We wondered why it should be that our English Version of the Bible lies under the ban of sch...”

Quiller-Couch, Arthur. On the Art of Writing: Lectures delivered in the University of Cambridge 1913–1914.

Devotional

There Is Oneness in the Church (1838)

You are all one in Christ Jesus —Galatians 3:28. The church of Jesus Christ is one, Though form’d of many p...

Events

858

Election and consecration of Pope Nicholas I. He will demonstrate integrity, iron will, faith, and masterful defenses of marriage and the papacy, becoming one of the strongest medieval popes. He will support missions, exercise authority over remote churches and communicate Christian doctrine to Bulgaria. King Lothair II of Lotharingia (a portion of Charlemagne’s former empire) will advance against Nicholas with an army and pin him in St. Peters for two days without food after the pope demands he return to his lawful wife.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

1585

Pope Sixtus V is elected. He administers stern justice, clearing the countryside of brigands that have flourished under his predecessors. He also founds the Vatican library and various colleges.

Authority for the date: Encyclopedia Americana, 1956.

1603

Death in Paris of James Beaton, archbishop of Glasgow. A Roman Catholic, he had left Scotland during the Reformation but was employed as ambassador to France by the Scottish monarchs. The Scottish parliament, although Protestant, held him in such high esteem that before his death they restored all his honors and dignities.

Authority for the date: Catholic Encyclopedia

1625

Jean de Brebeuf sails for New France, where he will be one of the longest lasting Jesuit priests before his martyrdom in his early fifties.

Authority for the date: O'Brien, John A. The American Martyrs. New York: Aplleton, Century, Crofts, 1953.

1844

Death in Mosul of Asahel Grant, pioneer missionary to Persia.

Authority for the date: Gilman, Daniel Coit, et. al., editors. The New International Encyclopedia, Vol. 8. New York: Dodd, Mead and Co., 19

1901

In a spirit of brotherly cooperation, Protestant missionaries in the Philippines gather for a three day conference to form an evangelical union to advance the gospel in the islands.

Authority for the date: Tuggy. The Philippine Church

1915

More than two hundred and fifty prominent Armenians—civic and political leaders, teachers, writers, and members of the clergy—are rounded up and imprisoned. Many will be tortured and killed, the beginning of the Turkish effort to eliminate all Armenian Christians. The day will be remembered by Armenians and others as Armenian Genocide Day.

Authority for the date: Episcopal Church. Holy Women, Holy Men.

2011

Courageous Chinese Christians, stripped of their churches, meet in the Zhongguancun public square in Beijing to hold Easter worship services. Hundreds are detained and their worship leaders and pastors are jailed. 

Authority for the date: Persecuted: the global assault on Christians.

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