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We Need Spiritual Symbols (1885)

It may be we shall never realize here, how greatly we have been dependent upon outward forms for the sustenance of our r...



Death of Matilda of Ringelheim, German queen, and mother of Emperor Otto I. Because she had been charitable and founded monasteries and churches, she will be regarded as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.

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Basel passes a law that all Taufer (Anabaptists, etc) not forsaking their errors be fined £5 and those giving them aid likewise.

Authority for the date: Littell, Franklin H. The Origins of Sectarian Protestantism. New York: Macmillan, 1972.


William Leddra of Barbadoes becomes the last Quaker executed for his faith in Boston.

Authority for the date: Letter from Thomas Wilkie to George Lad, quoted at


Death of John Mason Peck at Rock Spring, Kentucky, having worn himself out as a frontier circuit rider and Baptist educator.

Authority for the date: Peck, John Mason and Rufus Babcock. Forty years of pioneer life: memoir of John Mason Peck D.D. Philadelphia: Ameri


Constantine Asklipiodovich Khlynov, serving as an Orthodox priest in Novorozhdestvenka, Bolsherechensky region, Siberia, is arrested by Communists. He will be accused of anti-Soviet and counter-revolutionary propaganda and agitation, and sentenced to death—a sentence that will be carried out in Omsk on June 8, 1930.

Authority for the date: Moss, Vladimir. Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of the Urals, Siberia and Central Asia.


An encyclical letter issued by Pope Pius XI warns Germans against the cult of blood and myths. It is written in German instead of the usual Latin to ensure that it is widely understood.

Authority for the date: Eerdman’s Handbook to the History of Christianity.

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