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“WHEREAS many congregations in this collony are destitute of ministers whereby religion and devotion cannot but suffer much impairment and decay, which...”

Hening, I, 418, quoted in “Laws and Documents relating to religion in early Virginia,  1606-1660,” at Virtual Jamestown.


A thought for the first Sunday of Advent (1871)

And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple—Malachi 3:1 (ESV).See the King desired for ages, by the just...



(probable year) Death of Bishop Eligius, at seventy years of age. He is already widely regarded as a saint by the time of his death.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


Death of Pope Leo X, under whose reign Luther and his followers separated from the Catholic church.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


Edmund Campion, English Jesuit, is hanged in England at 42, falsely accused of treason against Queen Elizabeth’s government.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


Edmund Spenser’s poem The Fairie Queen is “entered,” a prepublication step necessary in England's days of government censorship. The author holds Christian beliefs.

Authority for the date: Encyclopedia Americana.


Nicholas Ferrar, founder of a Protestant retreat at Little Gidding, makes a solemn confession of faith, preparatory to receiving absolution and Communion for the last time.

Authority for the date: Skipton, H. P. K. The Life and Times of Nicholas Ferrar. London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., 1907.


Death of English composer Maurice Greene, who wrote many works for the church, including the anthems “Lord, Let Me Know My End,” and “Oh Clap Your Hands.” A student of Jeremiah Clark, he in turn taught William Boyce and held several prominent musical positions.

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Death of Justin Heinrich Knecht at Biberach, Germany. He had been one of the great church organists of his time.

Authority for the date: Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal.


John Paton is licensed to preach the gospel. As a tract distributor in Glasgow Scotland, he will go door to door winning souls. Eventually he becomes a missionary in the New Hebrides islands.

Authority for the date: Paton, John. Autobiography. 


Father Charles de Foucauld is martyred at his mission in the Sahara.

Authority for the date: Daniel-Rops, Henri. Heroes of God. Garden City, New York: Echo, 1965.


The people’s court in Prague sentences six knights of the Order of St. Lazarus to terms of five to nine years in prison as part of an ongoing repression of religious orders by the Communist government of Czechoslovakia.

Authority for the date: Hutten, Kurt. Iron Curtain Christians. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1967.


Death of Elmon Makwale Sekgobela, a pioneer worker in the opening of the Nazarene mission among the Tswana people in the Western Transvaal of South Africa, where he had experienced serious opposition.

Authority for the date: Dictionary of African Christian Biography.


Cuban Communists declare that henceforth citizens will be allowed to celebrate Christmas as an official holiday.

Authority for the date: “Religion in Cuba.”

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