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Today in Christian History
Silvester becomes bishop of Rome (i.e.: pope) after Miltiades, but few genuine records will survive from his years.
Athanasius returns to Alexandria where he spends the last seven years of his life after having been exiled five times for his faith.
The relics of Gospel-writer Mark, brought from Alexandria, Egypt, for safekeeping, are landed in Venice where they are received with pomp by the Doge, Giustiniano Particiaco. Venice will adopt Mark as their patron saint.
Death of Menno Simons near Lübeck, Holstein, Germany. This gentle Anabaptist leader will give his name to the Mennonites. Surprisingly, considering the rewards on his head, he dies a natural death.
The profession ceremony for Sister Martha Turpin is held at the Ursuline Convent in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is the first North-American-born woman to become a nun in the Catholic Church.
Two months before his premature death at age 39, Church of Scotland clergyman Robert Murray McCheyne wrote in a letter: 'Is not a Christian's darkest hour calmer than the world's brightest?'
Death in Turin, Italy, of Silvio Pellico, a Catholic writer best-known for his autobiographical account of ten years in Austrian prisons, and for the tragedy Francesca da Rimini.
Death near Nice, France, of Charles Spurgeon, a Baptist minister considered one of the greatest preachers of all time.
In Falcon, NC, the Fire-Baptized Holiness Church (FBHC) and the Pentecostal Holiness Church (PHC) officially merged. In 1915, the Tabernacle Pentecostal Church (TPC) joined the merger. In 1975, the name of this body officially became the International Pentecostal Holiness Church (IPHC).
American missionary and Auca Indian martyr Jim Elliot wrote in his journal: 'One does not surrender a life in an instant - that which is lifelong can only be surrendered in a lifetime.'
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"