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“We rise betimes in the morning, that is, at the time we get up. I dare not mention the hour, lest you should think us late risers, though I can assure...”

Griffis, William Elliot. A Maker of the New Orient: Samuel Robbins Brown. New York: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1902.


Fifth Sunday in Lent (Passion Sunday) (1871)

And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself—John 12:32 (NASB).O Lamp of Life! that on the blood...



English reformer John Hooper and his wife are welcomed to Zurich by Heinrich Bullinger, having temporarily left England because of persecution by King Henry VIII. Hooper will perish at the stake under Mary Tudor.

Authority for the date: Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.


First Jesuits arrive in Brazil led by Father Manuel de Nobrega.

Authority for the date: Dussel, Enrique. A History of the Church in Latin America. Eerdmans, 1981.


Death of Captain Thomas Coram. Appalled at the sight of children dying in London's streets, he had urged the creation of the Foundling Hospital in that city. The orphanage will be claimed as the world’s first incorporated charity and in its chapel the captain’s remains will be interred on April 3.

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Death in London of Emanuel Swedenborg, a versatile thinker who had made contributions to science, but later in life veered into mysticism. His writings claimed direct revelations from God and angels to restore the true Christian religion. He had also claimed he spoke with extraterrestrials from the moon, Mercury, and other planets in the solar system. Centuries later, his thought will still have adherents and defenders.

Authority for the date: Britannica


Death of Charles Wesley in London. An evangelist like his more famous brother, John, he also wrote many hymns of the highest quality.

Authority for the date: Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.


Death at Clifton, England (near Bristol), of Dora Greenwell, Christian poet and hymn writer. Her two best-known hymns are “And Art Thou Come with us to Dwell?” and “I Am not Skilled to Understand.”

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


Death at Newark, New Jersey, of hymn writer Ray Palmer. His most famous hymn is “My Faith Looks up to Thee.”

Authority for the date: Cyberhymnal.


Death of Ambrosius of Georgia in Tbilisi. He had been the partriarch of all Georgia, a historian of his people and their church, and a staunch opponent of Soviet communism. The Soviets had imprisoned him and his death came shortly after his release.

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Ezra Lawiri is fatally wounded by an artillery shell as the Sudanese battle around him. An Episcopal priest, educator, author, and translator, he had refused to take refuge in Kenya, saying death would overtake him wherever he was when his time came.

Authority for the date: Dictionary of African Christian Biography.

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