Today in Christian History
Death at the Cistercian abbey in Rievaulx (in Lincolnshire) of Aelred, an Anglo-Saxon abbot and writer of devotional works.
Luther and Agricola meet in their second disputation at Wittenberg on the topic of antinomianism (lawlessness). Luther agrees that the law is not necessary to justification but says it must be kept in the church to reveal sin, maintain discipline, and advise Christians what is pleasing to God.
Fifty-three lay Christians are beheaded for their faith at Yonezawa, Japan.
Death in Montreal of Marguerite Bourgeoys, who had founded the Congregation of Notre Dame of Montreal in the colony of New France (Canada). She had educated young girls in the area now known as Montreal, assisting the poor and American Indians. She will be declared a saint by the Catholic Church.
The Mission Santa Clara de Asis was established. It was one of nine missions founded by Spanish Franciscan missionary, Father Junipero Serra, between 1769-1784.
Pioneer American Methodist bishop Francis Asbury recorded in his journal: 'If the Lord is pleased to work, who or what can hinder?'
Death of Henry Alford, Anglican priest, hymnwriter, and poet, who will be buried in the church yard of St. Martins. His tomb will bear an inscription in Latin that, translated, says, "The Inn of a Traveller on his Way to Jerusalem."
Death of John Horden, a Church of England missionary to Canada, who had learned five First Nation languages and founded many congregations in small towns and cities. In 1872 the Church of England ordained him as the first bishop of Moosonee.
Soviets arrest the Orthodox priest Nicholas Mikhailovich Vinokurov in Yakutia. He is accused of conducting counter-revolutionary work to overthrow the Soviets and will be shot in Yakutsk in April.
Dr. Charles E. Fuller and associates broadcast the Old Fashioned Revival Hour for the last time from the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium, moving afterward to a Hollywood recording studio.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"