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“Unfathomable oceans of grace are in Christ for you. Dive and dive again, you will never come to the bottom of these depths.”

M’Cheyne, Robert Murray and Andrew A. Bonar, Memoir and Remains of the Rev. Robert Murray M’Cheyne Edinburgh; London: Oliphant Anderson & Ferrier, 1894. 234-235.


Ash Wednesday (1895)

And he [Jesus] said to them [the disciples], “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many we...



John Chrysostom (golden mouth) becomes bishop of Constantinople.

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Pope Vigilius, a virtual prisoner to Emperor Justinian in Constantinople, announces to the Western bishops his adhesion to the decisions of the Second Council of Constantinople that he had formerly rejected regarding the errors of the Three Chapters. This is widely seen as a concession to monophysitism.

Authority for the date: Kirsch, Johann Peter. “Pope Vigilius.” Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Appleton, 1912.


Robert Drury, a Catholic priest, is hanged, drawn, and quartered in England for refusing to condemn his faith.

Authority for the date: Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton, 1909.


Death in Paddington of Roman Catholic theologian Dr. Alexander Geddes who had advanced many of the arguments later used in German higher [biblical] criticism. For his opinions he had been suspended from priestly duties.

Authority for the date: Wikipedia


Ranavalona I, Queen of Madagascar, forbids the newly-established Christian faith. In spite of severe persecution that she unleashes, the church will grow tremendously.

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Francois Colliard and Christina Macintosh marry in Cape Town. They were supposed to meet in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, but through miscommunication she landed at Cape Town. He rode the five-hundred miles pellmell to join her. Both were highly refined people for whom working in the bush of Africa was a deep sacrifice. “Our prayers for the evangelization of the world are but a bitter irony so long as we give only of our abundance, and draw back before the sacrifice of ourselves,” he wrote.

Authority for the date: Mackintosh, Catharine Winkworth. Coillard of the Zambesi. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1907. 


Brahmabandhav Upadhyay, a Bengali Brahman attracted to the uniqueness of Christ, receives Christian baptism in Calcutta and will later issue a series of articles attempting to demonstrate Christian theology is compatible with indigenous thought in India.

Authority for the date: Christian History 87 (2005).


Thérèse of Lisieux writes down from memory her poetic masterpiece “To Live by Love” which she had composed during Eucharistic meditation.

Authority for the date: Wikipedia.


Arrest of Russian Orthodox theologian and scientist Pavel Aleksandrovich Florensky. Held in concentration camps, he will die a martyr in 1937, shot by agents of the People’s Commissariat of Internal Affairs (NKVD).

Authority for the date: Wikipedia.


Death in Danvers, Massachusetts, of Lucy Peabody who had devoted most of her life to the practice and support of mission work. Her second husband left her a fortune that she applied toward mission endeavors.

Authority for the date: Britannica.


Murder of Mahfouz Rashid Bacilious, one of several Christians targeted for killing over a period of a few months in the Egyptian city of Malawy.

Authority for the date: Bistawros, Baheg T. The Coptic Christians of Egypt Today Under Threat of Annihilation.

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