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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, January 20

250
Death of Fabian, bishop of Rome, under the persecution of Emperor Decius.
524
Bishop Simeon of Beth Ashram from the region of Arabia, travels from the Lakhmid capital Hirta d Na`man and learns of several martyrdoms, especially of holy women, which he records in various letters and wrtings.
1569
Death in London of English translator Miles Coverdale, who produced the first complete printed English-language Bible.
1758
English founder of Methodism John Wesley wrote in a letter: 'I cannot think of you, without thinking of God. Others often lead me to Him, as it were, going round about. You bring me straight into His presence.'
1862
Death at Hoddesdon, Herts, England, of hymnwriter Harriet Auber, who had led a quiet and contented life, publishing only one volume, The Spirit of the Psalms. Many of her hymns will appear in hymnbooks, especially an epiphany hymn that begins "Bright was the guiding star that led..."
1870
Clara Swain arrives at Bareilly, India, and begins medical mission work the same day.
1879
Birth of Albert S. Reitz, American Baptist evangelist and clergyman. He published over 100 hymns during his lifetime. Of these, the one best remembered today is "Teach Me to Pray, Lord."
1895
Death in South Euclid, Ohio, of Johann Adam Ernst, early pioneer pastor of the Missouri Synod in Canada.
1918
In Russia, following the Bolshevik Revolution, all church property was confiscated and all religious instruction in the schools was abolished.
1952
Roman Catholic bishop Anton Vouk is ambushed, doused with gasoline in Yugoslavia, and set on fire, probably by government hit men. By quick action he manages to save his own life but will suffer from the injuries his remaining years.

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