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Maundy Thursday

[In the Garden of Gethsemane, Christ] pleads for one hour’s sympathy and assistance from His weak and drowsy followers....



Death of Pope Constantine in Rome. The notable feat of his pontificate was a visit to Constantinople. He had greatly feared for his life, but returned safely.

Authority for the date: Mann, Horace. “Pope Constantine.” Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: R. Appleton, 1908.


William Nichol, of Haverfordwest, Wales, is burned at the stake for declaring that Catholics are worshipers of Antichrist.

Authority for the date: Foxe, John. Actes and Monuments.


John Robinson, English Separatist, matriculates at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He will lead the group of Puritans from whom the first New England settlers derive.

Authority for the date: Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.


Dürer’s painting The Coronation of the Virgin burns in a palace at Munich this night, where it had been in the possession of Elector Maximilian of Bavaria.

Authority for the date: Moore, T. Sturge. Albert Dürer.


Death in Trondheim, Norway, of Thomas von Westen, apostle and educator to Norwegian Lapps.

Authority for the date: Norwegian Wikipedia


Death of English devotional writer William Law. His Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life had greatly influenced George Whitefield and John Wesley.

Authority for the date: Encyclopedia Americana.


Author and hymnwriter Marianne Farningham (Mary Anne Hearne) of Farningham, England, contributes some poetry to the first issue of the newspaper The Christian World and will continue as a regular and beloved contributor for over fifty years.

Authority for the date: Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals


Death of John Samuel Bewley Monsen, a clergyman and hymnwriter of the Church of England. His death is caused by a fall from the roof of his church. Hymnologist John Julian will describe Monsen’s hymns as generally “bright, joyous, and musical.” Two of his best known will be “Fight the good fight,” and “Lord of the living harvest.”

Authority for the date: Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal.


Edward Lee asks Pentecostal evangelist William Seymour to pray for him that he will be given the gift of tongues. When Seymour prays, Lee does speak in tongues, one of the events initiating the Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles.

Authority for the date: Christian History 58 (1998).


Soviet authorities convict the Orthodox priest Innocent Semyonovich Popov of conducting “intensified agitation for the preservation of the church,” and organizing illegal meetings in his flat, eliciting “massive disturbance amidst the population.” Originally sentenced to death, his sentence was commuted to five years in prison.

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


Death in Jos, Nigeria, of Johanna Veenstra, who had served the Christian Reformed Church as a missionary.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


Louisa Lee becomes the first missionary assigned by the Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions. After twenty years of service in India with the Presbyterian Church in the USA, she has recently broken with it because she feels that its adoption of modernist ideas undercuts basic Bible doctrines. She will continue to serve in India until her death in 1972.

Authority for the date: The Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions.


Dietrich Bonhoeffer is hanged by Nazis at Flossenbürg Concentration Camp. Shortly before the end he says, “This is the end… for me, the beginning of life.”

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

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