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Today in Christian History
The Christians of Saragossa, Spain, undergo severe persecution as troops of the Roman prefect Dacian kill eighteen men. Others who die around this time are Encratis, a woman who reproached Dacian to his face, for which he ordered tortures so severe that her liver was pulled part way out of her chest. During persecution that same year, all Christians are ordered out of the city. As they arrive at the city gates, Dacian's troops slaughter every one.
Pelagius I has a stormy ordination as pope, owing to suspicion his predecessor Vigilius died as a result of foul play and he might have been involved. Pelagius had referred to Vigilius as a turncoat for flip-flopping on the issue of the Three Chapters, which were regarded as a concession to the monophysite heresy.
[date possible but not certain] Murder of Magnus of Orkney, whose cousin breaks an agreement to meet with just two boats of men by bringing his whole army. In order to prevent civil war, Magnus allows himself to be killed. The islanders will claim all sorts of miracles at his tomb and he will be declared a saint.
German reformer Martin Luther, 34, arrived at the Diet of Worms, where he afterward defended his "Ninety-Five Theses," first advanced in 1517. At the Diet, Luther refused to recant his ideas 'unless overcome by Scripture.'
Death of Molly Brant (Konwatsi'tsiaienni), an influential Mohawk woman, who, because of her Christian faith and her loyalty to Great Britain, will be commemorated in the Anglican Church calendar.
Death of Carl G. Glaser, 45, German choral master and composer of the hymn tune AZMON, to which we today sing, "O For a Thousand Tongues."
Assembly of God missionary Frank Isensee perishes in an accident trying to carry the Gospel to a Peruvian city.
Repose (death) of Orthodox elder Amphilochios Makris, an ascetic, founder of a women's monastery at Patmos, and founder of services for orphans and pregnant women.
Six hundred police attack a crowd of Coptic Christians who are standing outside Saint Demiana Coptic Church, injuring some women and children. Afterward, the Egyptian government refuses to allow Copts to stand outside of the church.
Burial of Daniel OyeLakin Ige, an influential member of Nigeria's Christ Apostolic Church. His devotion had won his family to Christ. Because he lacked much education, he used his practical skills to roof hundreds of buildings for his church and started an organization to minister to the needy.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"