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Privileges of the Day (1916)

He does not forget the cry of the afflicted— Psalm 9:12 (NASB).Our Heavenly Father… open our eyes to the opportunities a...



Death of Queen Elizabeth I of England who had taken the final steps to make Anglicanism the state religion of England.

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Death in Salisbury of Daniel Whitby, a clergyman of the Church of England. He had engaged in many controversies, especially against Calvinists, and had adopted Unitarian opinions. Although not the first postmillennialist, his legacy will be a systematic form of postmillennialism (the teaching that the church has supplanted Israel and that through gospel preaching Jews and Muslims will be converted, the pope destroyed, and a thousand years of righteousness will prevail on earth, followed by a short apostasy, after which Christ will finally return).

Authority for the date: Dictionary of National Biography


Brazil’s new constitution makes Roman Catholicism the official religion, but permits all other religions.

Authority for the date: A History of Christianity in Asia, Africa, and Latin America


Lutheran pastor Friedrich Schmid establishes a training center near Ann Arbor, Michigan, to prepare missionaries to the American Indians.

Authority for the date: Peters, Paul. "The Fruits of Luther’s Mission-Mindedness."


First medical class of missionary-doctor Ida Scudder graduates in Vellore, India. The medical school she founded will become one of Asia’s foremost teaching hospitals.

Authority for the date: Wilson, Dorothy Clark. Ida Scudder.


Death in exile of Nikolai Berdyaev, a Russian Orthodox political theorist and associate of Jacques Maritain and his circle. “The substance of life can only be religious. It is an entering into the life of God, that is, into true Being.”

Authority for the date: Wikipedia.


Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdanez is martyred by sniper fire while saying mass in San Salvadore. He had been a vocal opponent of San Salvadore’s brutal military.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

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