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“We Hugh A. Brown and William Passavant were intimate and attached friends in college. Of late years we were brought again into frequent communication...”

Gerberding, George Henry. Life and Letters of W.A. Passavant, D.D. Greenville, PA: The Young Lutheran Co., 1906.


Have Faith (1878)

See that you never hold a consultation unless faith be present, yea, and president too; else all will be in disorder at...



Co-emperors Honorius and Theodosius II declare that anyone who hides a Pelagian within the Roman Empire is to suffer the same penalties as a Pelagian. 

Authority for the date: Wisconsin Lutheran College, Imperial Laws and Letters Involving Religion, AD 364–395. 


Death of Columba of Iona, influential Irish missionary to England. He had founded several monasteries which served as centers of faith and learning.

Authority for the date: New Catholic Encyclopeida.


Death of Jeanne D'Albret, queen of Navarre, who had skillfully kept her country Protestant during the tense and religiously violent sixteenth century. Her son Henry, a Huguenot leader, had displeased her by converting to Catholicism to become king of France.

Authority for the date: Anderson, James. Ladies of the Reformation. London: Blackie and Sons, 1857.


Death of Jesuit missionary and poet Jose de Anchieta at Retirygba, Brazil. He had helped establish São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Authority for the date: Britannica.


Death at Blois, France, of Madame Guyon, a Roman Catholic mystic who claimed union with Christ. She had deeply influenced François Fenelon.

Authority for the date: New Catholic Encyclopeida.


Death in Hooghly, West Bengal, India, of William Carey, the Baptist “Father of Modern Protestant Missions.”

Authority for the date: Neill, Stephen. A History of Christian Missions. (Pelican History of the Church.)


Thérèse of Lisieux makes her Act of Oblation (an offering of herself to God’s love).

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John Joseph Burke is ordained a Roman Catholic priest. He will become an influential Paulist and the editor of The Catholic World.

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Death of Carry Nation, American temperance leader. After an unhappy marriage to a drunkard, she had joined the prohibitionists. In 1899 she began her notorious career by wrecking all the saloons in Medicine Lodge, Kansas. She used an ax in her 1901 crusades against the saloons in Wichita and Topeka. She did much to spur the prohibition movement in the U.S.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


The Soviets, attempting to placate the anger of the Perm populace following the execution of Archbishop Andronicus, summon the Orthodox priest Vladyka Theophanes to Perm to take his place. This will cost Theophanes his life. He will be arrested in October and murdered on Christmas Eve by being repeatedly lowered nude by the hair of his head through a hole chopped in a frozen river.

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


Japanese Christians issue a statement of repentance for World War II, vow to take up their crosses anew, and promise to evangelize their islands for Christ and to assist those suffering hunger and poverty after the war.

Authority for the date: A History of Christianity in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, 1450–1990, edited by Klaus Koschorke, Frueder Ludwig,


Death in Nairobi of Roland Allen, whose approach to creating indigenous missions will become prevalent later in the twentieth century. 

Authority for the date: Siggs, Samuel M. “Finding the Grave of Roland Allen.” International Bulletin (July 2012) 150, 151.

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