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Quote of the day

“Whereas a covenant for the preservation and reformation of religion, the maintenance and defence of laws and liberties, hath been thought a fit and ex...”

“The Solemn League and Covenant: an Ordinance of the Lords and Commons.” Quoted in The Covenants And The Covenanters: Covenants, Sermons, and Documents of the Covenanted Reformation, edited by James Kerr.


Celebration of the Presentation (2000)

Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace: your word has been fulfilled. My own eyes have seen the salvation which you...



Death in Italy of Roman Catholic composer Giovanni di Palestrina. He had sustained high quality and originality in writing one hundred and five masses and two hundred and fifty motets (settings of biblical texts).

Authority for the date: Britannica 


Beheading of Jordan of Trebizond in Constantinople by Muslims after he had mocked their prophet and refused to convert to Islam when brought to trial.

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Young George Whitefield departs for Georgia, intending to become a permanent missionary to the American colony.

Authority for the date: Christian History 38 (1993).


Death in New Hampshire of Henry Alline, an American Free Will Baptist evangelist who had fostered growth of the “New Light” movement Canadian and New England churches.

Authority for the date: Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online.


York Minster burns all day, set on fire by Jonathan Martin, a Methodist who had escaped from a lunatic asylum and hidden in the Cathedral when it was closed the night before. York Minster has caught fire at least four times.

Authority for the date: An Account of the Alarming and Destructive Fire in York Minster, on February 2, 1829.


Death of hymnwriter Adelaide Anne Procter in London, England. Charles Dickens had published many of her verses and she had been a favorite of Queen Victoria.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


The first missionary to Brazil of the Methodist Episcopal Church (South), John James Ransom, arrives in Rio de Janeiro. He will serve in the state of São Paulo for ten years, founding churches, schools, and a publishing house—building a successful work that will thrive into the twenty-first century.

Authority for the date: Beach, Harlan P., et al. Protestant Missions


Death in Pennsylvania of temperance leader Annie Wittenmeyer. She had been active in home missions, founded orphanages, edited Christian periodicals, written hymns, and authored several books. Among her significant roles was as the first president of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union which grew to 1,000 chapters under her leadership.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


Macedonian rebels release Ellen Stone, an American missionary to Turkey from the Congregational Church. They had held her and an associate for five months demanding a large ransom. Friends and the American public raised the money.

Authority for the date: Wikipedia.


College teacher Eliza George of Texas has a vision of Africans passing before the judgment seat of Christ, weeping and moaning, “But no one ever told us You died for us.” Two years later she will leave her teaching position and establish a mission in Liberia.

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