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Woe to Those Who Abuse Words (1885)

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Death of Venerable Stephen the Myrrh-gusher. As king of Serbia, he had united Serbian groups and striven for the political independence of Serbia from the Byzantine Empire. In his old age he became an ascetic monk. His remains are supposed to have exuded the fragrant odor of myrrh.

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Death of Jordan of Saxony, a noted Dominican preacher who had written a biography of St. Dominic and whose sermons moved Albertus Magnus to join the Dominican order. 

Authority for the date: The Legend of Blessed Jordan of Saxony, Second General of the Order of Preachers.


A national synod is convoked in Bohemia to discuss John Wycliffe’s teachings. Jan Hus, the chief exponent of Wycliffe’s teachings, is not present, having been exiled. The synod will adjourn without coming to agreement.

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


Death of Christian F. Schwartz, “Apostle of India.”

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


Death in Santa Fe, New Mexico, of Jean Baptiste Lamy, the first archbishop of Santa Fe.

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Death in Krishnagiri, India, of pioneer Lutheran missionary Theodore Karl Naether, from bubonic plague.

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The Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, organizes an Armed Services Commission to assist Lutheran chaplains.

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Death in Dundee, Scotland, of Minnie Cumming Watson, the first female missionary of the East Africa Scottish Mission. She had established a system of Christian schools for the Kikuyu people of Kenya.

Authority for the date: Dictionary of African Christian Biography.


Death of Ji Zhiwen, who had conducted a notable evangelistic work in China. He established the Bethel Evangelistic Band in Shanghai, followed by the Chinese Evangelization Society and an orphanage (also in Shanghai), and, when driven from mainland China, founded churches in Taiwan. He had extended his ministry to Southeast Asia, founding kindergartens, orphanages and day care centers, and had developed a Christian press before retiring to Los Angeles.

Authority for the date: Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Christianity.

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