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Today in Christian History
Luther introduces the first complete German mass at the City Church of Wittenberg.
Death in London of Edmund Calamy, the elder, a Puritan supporter of England's kings during the Civil War and Commonwealth. He authored highly regarded doctrinal works such as The Covenant of Grace and the Covenant of Works.
Death of Andreas Hammerschmidt, one of the most distinguished composers of church music in the seventeenth century.
Death in Essex of Joseph Grigg, an English Presbyterian minister. He had written many hymns, including, "Jesus, and Shall it Ever Be."
Birth of Juji Nakada, Japanese Christian evangelist. In 1901 he influenced Charles and Lettie Cowman (authors of "Streams in the Desert") to come to Japan, where in 1910 they incorporated the Oriental Missions Society.
Ugandans spear Anglican bishop James Hannington to death. He had been captured eight days earlier.
New York City missions pioneer Albert B. Simpson, 46, incorporated the International Missionary Alliance. Combined in 1897 with a group formerly also organized by Simpson, it became the Christian and Missionary Alliance, one of the most missions-minded denominations in modern American Protestantism.
Death of Reformed Swiss theologian Frederic Louis Godet, who was noted for his Commentary on the Gospel of St. John.
The Red Cross awards Orthodox nun Matrona Petrovna Frolova a medal for her relief work during the Russo-Japanese war. She will head a nunnery in Kazan but the Soviets will confiscate the property. Eventually she will be imprisoned, beaten, and executed for her role in resisting Soviet atheism and allegedly hiding church valuables.
Yustus Ruhindi is enthroned as the first Anglican Church bishop of Bunyoro-Kitara diocese in Uganda.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"