prev APRIL 25 next


Faith Plus Perseverance Equals Accomplishment (1885)

What, by the help of God, might we not accomplish, if we only made up our minds, and were thoroughly determined! We migh...



Death of Mark the Gospel writer while imprisoned in Alexandria in the eighth year of Nero, according to Vetus martyrologium romanum (an old Roman collation of martyr accounts).

Authority for the date: Thomas C. Oden, The African Memory of Mark, p. 65


Pope Leo III is attacked, his eyes stabbed, and his tongue torn. He recovers and later crowns Charlemagne as emperor.

Authority for the date: Brusher, Joseph. Popes Through the Ages, 3rd Edition. Neff-Kane, 1980.


Death of Ratherius of Verona, a learned but abrasive man who had been deposed from one church position after another, often by his underlings, because of his controversial positions and inability to handle people.

Authority for the date: Schaff, Philip. History of the Christian Church.


The ineffectual Council of Basel ends. 

Authority for the date: Schaff, Philip. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge.


Death of Sylvester of Obnorsk, a Russian Orthodox hermit who had lived off roots and bark. Eventually he had established a monastery.

Authority for the date: Wikipedia.


John Calvin, reformer of Geneva, dictates his last will and testament to notary Peter Chenalat.

Authority for the date: Schaff, Philip. History of the Christian Church.


Death from a fever in the convent of St. Onofrio of Italian poet Torquato Tasso. Ironically, he was supposed to receive a laurel from the pope on this day in recognition of his epic poems, among which Jerusalem Delivered had been the most acclaimed.

Authority for the date: Horne, Charles F. Great Men and Famous Women.


Death at Epworth, England, of Samuel Wesley, curate, author, and father of Methodist revival leaders John and Charles Wesley.

Authority for the date: Dictionary of National Biography


Death at East Dereham, Norfolk, England, of English poet William Cowper. Despite lifelong depression, he had produced enduring hymns, including, “Oh For a Closer Walk with God” and “There is a Fountain Filled with Blood.” Dementia had led him to believe he was damned.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


Consecration of Jean-Pierre Augustin Marcellin Verot as the first Roman Catholic bishop of Florida. He will become known as “the rebel bishop” for his support of the South during the American Civil War.

Authority for the date:


Consecration of J. B. Lightfoot as Bishop of Durham. A renowned English New Testament scholar, he had left Cambridge and a life of scholarship to devote the remaining ten years of his life to church administration.

Authority for the date: Wiersbe, Warren W. Ten People Every Christian Should Know. Baker Books, 2011.


Death at Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, of Anzentia Igene Perry Chapman. A member of the Free Methodist Church, she wrote a number of hymns, including, “Thou Shalt Rest at Eve,” and “We’ll Never Say Goodbye.”

Authority for the date: Cyberhymnal.


Death in Ghana of Christian Abraham Ackah, at the age of about twenty-eight. He had been a major player in establishing Seventh Day Adventist work in Ghana, opening schools and churches.

Authority for the date: Dictionary of African Christian Biography.


Ordination of Paul Sasaki as a priest in the Anglican Church in Japan. He will become bishop of Nippon Sei Ko Kei (an independent church organization within the Anglican Communion), and suffer imprisonment for his refusal to bring Nippon Sei Ko Kei under the authority of a government-ordered church coalition.

Authority for the date: Wikipedia. 

Subscribe to daily emails

Containing today’s events, devotional, quote and stories