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Quote of the day

“....And not to leave any occasion of trouble and difference among our Subjects, we have permitted and do permit to those of the Reformed Religion, to...”

Date confirmed in Encyclopedia Britannica. Text from http://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/quotes/henry-iv-of-france-the-edict-of-nantes-on-the-rights-of-members-of-the-reformed-church (accessed 1-8-2015).

Devotional

Be a Living Letter (1899)

Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God —1 Peter 2:10 (NIV). In old libraries there are pali...

Events

385

During Easter Week, Bishop Ambrose of Milan risks imprisonment and death, defying orders of the Roman empress to surrender one of his churches for use by Arians. With the church surrounded by imperial troops, he continues to hold mass five times a day. Eventually the government capitulates.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias, and a table of Easter dates.

799

Death of Paulus Diaconis. This monk had been called to Charlemagne’s court where he compiled a book of homilies from the church fathers which received wide circulation throughout the empire. He also prepared an accurate history of the Lombards and numerous other historical and religious works.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

1598

France’s King Henry IV promulgates the edict of Nantes, granting his Protestant Huguenot subjects a large measure of religious freedom.

Authority for the date: Stevenson, William. Story of the Reformation. Richmond: John Knox Press, 1959.

1663

Death of Meletius Syrigos, one of the most learned Orthodox preachers and theologians of his day, but combative.

Authority for the date: Betz, Hans Dieter, et al. Religion Past and Present.

1824

Death of Christian poet Jane Taylor. One of her best known hymns has the words “Ye tempting sweets, forbear, Ye dearest idols, fall, My heart ye can not share, For Jesus must have all.”

Authority for the date: Britannica.

1871

At 10 p.m. emissaries of the Paris Commune enter the city’s deaconess house, revolvers in hand, demanding that deaconesses state if any of them have been abused by the sisters in charge. None of the girls speaks badly of the sisters although held captive until 3 a.m.

Authority for the date: Bancroft, Jane M. Deaconesses in Europe.

1881

Ordination of J. Wilbur Chapman, who will become a leading Presbyterian evangelist, working in tandem with music vocalist Charles Alexander.

Authority for the date: www.truthfulwords.org/biography/chapmantw.html

2014

Death of Mahay Choramo of the Wolaitta Kale Heywat Church of Ethiopia. He had evangelized widely in the Omo region and suffered many imprisonments and beatings for preaching the gospel—sometimes at the hands of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. He had even gone naked when one culture demanded it but gradually taught the people to wear clothes.

Authority for the date: Dictionary of African Christian Biography.

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