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Quote of the day

“Andrew Gastaldo, doctor of the civil law, c. sitting in the most illustrious chamber of accounts of his royal highness, and conservator general of the...”

Sime, William. History of the Waldenses, from the Earliest Period Till the Present Time.

Devotional

The power of God’s promises (1844)

For by these [God’s glory and excellence] He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises. 2 Peter 1:4...

Events

1077

Emperor Henry IV submits to Pope Gregory VII at Canossa, Italy, and will be forced to stand for three days barefoot in the snow.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

1164

Council of Clarendon assembles and King Henry II of England threatens the bishops of the realm with death if they do not yield him more jurisdiction over crimes by clergy. Archbishop Thomas à Becket concedes in order to save lives.

Authority for the date: John Lingard. “Archiepiscopate of Thomas Becket,” in The Great Events by Famous Historians.

1366

Death of Henry Suso, a fanatical ascetic and mystic, who practiced austerities and tortures on himself as penance for twenty-two years. For example, he bound a wooden cross to his back, in which he affixed thirty spikes in memory of Christ’s wounds. On this instrument of torture he stretched himself at night for eight years.

Authority for the date: Schaff, Philip. History of the Christian Church.

1720

Muslims in Constantinople behead Auxentius who has refused to convert to Islam despite being beaten with an iron bar.

Authority for the date: http://oca.org/

1907

Death of Onangwatgo [Cornelius Hill], an Oneida chief and Episcopal priest.

Authority for the date: Wikipedia.

1944

Florence Li Tim-Oi is ordained a priest in Hong Kong by Anglican bishop Ronald Hall, the first woman ordained a priest in the Anglican communion.

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

1959

Death of Walter Lefa Mochochoko, who had been a notable leader in the Anglican Church of South Africa, and then bishop in The African Church. He had spoken out vigorously against the racism practiced in the churches.

Authority for the date: Dictionary of African Christian Biography.

1963

Emmanuel Abraham is elected president of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, a position he will hold for twenty-two years until January 25, 1985. During many of those years, he will also serve as a leading diplomat for Emperor Haile Sellassie and the Ethiopian government.

Authority for the date: Dictionary of African Christian Biography.

1980

Frederick Donald Coggan, Archbishop of Canterbury, retires. He had been involved in the translation of the New English Bible and was an advocate for the ordination of women.

Authority for the date:  Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.

1986

Death of Oswald J. Smith. He had founded the People’s Church in Toronto, raised millions of dollars to support missions and written thirty-five books which had been translated into one-hundred-and-twenty-eight languages.

Authority for the date: Wikipedia

2008

United Christian Women are incorporated into a non-profit organization in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to encourage young women to remain strong in faith.

Authority for the date: www.unitedchristianwomen.org/about-us/mission-history/

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