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The First Sunday of Lent (1849)

O Lord, Who for our sake didst fast forty days and forty nights, Give us grace to use such abstinence, that, our flesh b...

Events

270

(traditional date) Valentine, a priest in Rome during the reign of Emperor Claudius II, is beheaded along the Flaminian Way.

Authority for the date: Many popular sources.

1009

Martyrdom of Bruno of Querfert (also known as Boniface) and his associates by Lithuanians.

Authority for the date: Meier, Gabriel. “St. Bruno of Querfurt.” The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: R. Appleton, 1910.&l

1532

Calvin acquires the degree of Licentiate (Bachelor) of Laws at Orleans.

Authority for the date: Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge.

1556

Protestant reformer Archbishop Thomas Cranmer of Canterbury is degraded from his office with humiliating ceremonies following the rise of the Roman Catholic Mary I to power. Cranmer had incurred the enmity of Mary years earlier when he granted King Henry VIII his divorce from Mary’s mother Catherine.

Authority for the date: Peoples' Chronology.

1568

Turks martyr the Orthodox monk Damian after days of torture, complaining that his teaching causes sales to drop on Sunday.

Authority for the date: http://full-of-grace-and-truth.blogspot.com

1805

Harvard confirms Henry Ware as Hollis Professor of Divinity. Because he is a Unitarian, denying the full divinity of Christ, Congregationalist teachers, loyal to the doctrine of the Trinity, will begin withdrawing from the school.

Authority for the date: oasis.lib.harvard.edu.

1942

Chen Sulan is shipwrecked and captured by Japan’s secret police while fleeing Japanese invaders. A Methodist, he had fought against his government’s monopolistic sale of opium and established an anti-opium clinic that rehabilitated close to seven thousand addicts. After World War II, he set up a trust that helped the Scripture Union and Methodist groups. He also was a founder of the Chinese YMCA.

Authority for the date: Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Christianity.

1953

Andrew Kagura of Kenya is martyred for his outspokeness against the Mau Maus.

Authority for the date: Dewar, Diana. All for Christ.

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