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“Boast not thyself of tomorrow for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. Thus king Solomon, inspired by the Holy Ghost, cautions, Pro. xxvii. 1....”

Winslow, Anna Green. Diary of Anna Green Winslow, a Boston School Girl of 1771. Edited by Alice Morse Earle. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company; Cambridge: The Riverside Press, 1895.


Fragments Are Precious (1877)

Gather the pieces that are left over—John 6:12 (NIV). Thought.—You should not allow any portion of God&rsquo...



After years of iconoclasm (opposition to and destruction of icons), two-dimensional images are restored for worship in the Eastern Empire, an event known as “The Triumph of Orthodoxy.”

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Muslims behead Bishop Elogius in Cordoba, Spain.

Authority for the date: Haines, Charles Reginald. Christianity and Islam in Spain.


In response to a sermon by John Knox, a Reformation mob burns churches in Perth, Scotland, and instructs the friars to hold mass no more.

Authority for the date: Documents of the Reformation.


Mendelssohn revives Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at the Singakademie in Berlin. A thousand people have to be turned away from the performance for lack of room.

Authority for the date: Rowbotham, Francis Jameson. Story-Lives of Great Musicians.


Gerard Manley Hopkins preaches his “dominical”—a practice sermon.

Authority for the date: Bergonzi, Bernard. Gerard Manley Hopkins.


Samuel Zwemer preaches his first sermon—to a congregation of African-Americans in a small New Brunswick, New Jersey, church. He will go on to become a notable missionary to the Arab world.

Authority for the date: Wilson,J. Christy, Jr. “The Apostle to Islam: The Legacy of Samuel Zwemer.”


Death of Henry Drummond, Scottish evangelist and religious writer, best remembered for his classic meditation on 1 Corinthians 13 “The Love Chapter” entitled The Greatest Thing in the World.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


Death of hymnwriter Mary Ann Thomson. Her best-known hymn was “O Zion Haste, Thy Mission High Fulfilling.”

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Leonid Zwicki is installed as bishop of the newly-created Belarusian Evangelical Lutheran Church.

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