“We closed the year with praise and thanks to the Lord for all his goodness and for the kindnesses the Savior had done us in rescuing us from so many d...”
Zeisberger, David. Diary.
Years end, but we look for eternal life (1885)
The time is short—this day may be The very last assigned to thee; So speak that should’st thou ne’er s...
Death in Jerusalem of Melania the Younger, known for her charity, and for founding two convents.Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.
America’s first-known “watch-night” service is held at St. George’s Methodist Church in Philadelphia.Authority for the date: Harper, Howard V. Days and Customs of All Faiths. New York: Fleet Publishing, 1957.
George Leslie Mackay, first foreign missionary of the Presbyterian Church of Canada, arrives in Taiwan where he will establish over sixty churches, a hospital, and several schools. He will cause controversy by marrying a Taiwanese slave woman, but she will become an indispensable co-evangelist with him.Authority for the date: Carrie Kellenberger, “The Legacy of George Leslie Mackay.” https://canchamtw.com/the-legacy-of-george-leslie-mackay/
Australia’s oldest Roman Catholic church, called the Church on the Hill, is ready for worship.Authority for the date: Maus, Cynthia Pearl. Christ and the Fine Arts.
Iosif Trifa, anguished at the wickedness of his parishioners, falls to his knees in prayer. He conceives the idea of issuing a call in a magazine he edits—a call for a New Year’s resolution to fight against sin in the coming year. “The Calling to a New Life in Christ” is successful. Trifia becomes a Wesley-like revivalist figure in Romania and suffers at the hands of both church and state.Authority for the date: http://www.reocities.com/TheTropics/Equator/5197/lordsarmy.htm
The Feast of the Circumcision [which honors Christ’s circumcision eight days after his birth] becomes known as the Feast of the Holy Name in the revised Book of Common Prayer.Authority for the date: Episcopal Church. Holy Women, Holy Men.