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NO UNION POSSIBLE (1576)

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Let Us Enjoy Our Privileges (1916)

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household...

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719

Wynfrith, from Devon, England, is consecrated in Rome as Bishop Boniface. He will carry the gospel across Germany and Prussia.

Authority for the date: Mayr-Harting, Henry. Coming of Christ to Anglo Saxon England. Pennsylvania State University Press, 1991.

1164

Death of the abbess, Heloise, whose love affair with, and secret marriage to, the philosopher-theologian Abelard is known to history.

Authority for the date: Britannica.

1170

Death at Madrid of Isidore the Farmer, a Spanish farmworker considered by some a patron saint of rural and agricultural workers.

Authority for the date: catholicrurallife.org

1576

Ecumenical Patriarch Jeremias II and his associates issue the Epicrisis on the Confession of Augsburg, an answer to the Lutheran confession, showing points of agreement and disagreement. They declare there are two sources of true faith: the Holy Bible and Sacred Tradition.

Authority for the date: http://www.patriarchate.org/patriarchate/former-patriarchs/jeremias-ii-1st-time

1778

Death at St-Omer, France, of Alban Butler, author of a well-known five-volume Lives of the Saints.

Authority for the date: Catholic Encyclopedia

1879

Death at Angaston of George Fife Angas, Baptist businessman and colonizer of Southern Australia.

Authority for the date: Larsen, Timothy T., David W. Bebbington, and Mark Noll. Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals. IVP Academic, 2003

1891

Pope Leo XIII issues the influential encyclical Rerum novarum, which grapples with social issues, saying the earth is given for the common good, that there needs to be more equality between capital and labor, and that the state has a central role in regulating justice in these matters.

Authority for the date: Paul Collins, Absolute Power

1937

Death in Woking, England, of hymnwriter Ada Rundall Greenaway. Her best-known hymns are “For the Dear Ones Parted from Us,” “O Father, We Would Thank Thee,” “O Perfect God, Thy Love,” “O Word of Pity, for Our Pardon Pleading,” “Rise at the Cry of Battle,” and “Rise in the Strength of God.”

Authority for the date: Cyberhymnal.

1955

Obadiah Kariuki and Festo Olang' are consecrated as the first African assistant bishops in the Anglican diocese of Mombasa, covering East Africa. Kariuki will be a bishop and spiritual leader in the Kenyan church after the nation’s independence, his diocese growing so rapidly that it will have to be divided in two. Twenty-two years to the day after his consecration, thousands will attend a thanksgiving service in his honor when he retires.

Authority for the date: Dictionary of African Christian Biography.

1984

Death in Rochester, Minnesota, of Francis Schaeffer, a Christian apologist. With his wife, Edith, he had operated L’Abri, a ministry to intellectuals. His most important book may have been his smallest, Escape from Reason, which caused many evangelicals to look at the development of literature and art. He had often argued that moral relativity is responsible for social ills.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

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