The year was 1680. We remember the mystic, adventurer, and self-proclaimed prophet, Antoinette Bourignon. The reading is from Kate Bowler, "Everything Happens for A Reason, and Other Lies I've Loved."
The year was 370. We remember the story of St. Regulus' fantastic escape with the relics of St. Andrew. The reading is from Anne Brontë, "The Penitent."
The year was 1466. We remember Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam. The reading is an excerpt from Psalm 60 in the Scottish Metrical Psalter of 1650.
The year was 1978. We remember the first printing of the New International Version of the Bible. The reading is from N.T. Wright, "Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense."
The year was 1966. We remember the World Congress on Evangelism. Today's reading is a good word on the church's future from the Apocalypse of St. John.
The year was 1400. We remember the poet, servant, and pilgrim Geoffrey Chaucer. The reading comes from another English storyteller and Christian, John Bunyan, his "He Who Would Valiant Be" from the Pilgrim's Progress.
The year was 1923. We remember the poet, agnostic, and Christian convert Denise Levertov. The reading is from Levertov, "A Cure of Souls."
The year was 1456. We remember San Giovanni da Capistrano, the fiery Franciscan preacher, a heresy hunter, and septuagenarian soldier. The reading is a quote from John of Damascus.
The year was 1870. We remember James William Charles Pennington. The reading is from George Mackay Brown, "A Poem for Shelter."
The year was 1528. The reformer Brenz published his tract to stop the persecution of his rival Anabaptists. The reading is from Alice Meynell, "Easter Night."
The year was 1634. We remember the Japanese martyr, Margaret of Nagasaki. The reading is from Brennan Manning, from his "The Furious Longing For God."
The year was 1984. We remember the polish priest and martyr Jerzy Popiełuszko. The reading is Les Murray's "Easter, 1984."
The year was 1646. We remember Isaac Jogues, the first saint and French martyr in North America. The reading is from S. Trevor Francis, two stanzas of his famous hymn, "O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus."
The year was 108. We remember Ignatius of Antioch, one of the earliest church fathers, was put to death. The reading is from St. Ignatius, a good word for 108 AD and 2020.
The year was 1950, and C.S. Lewis introduced the world to his classic “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” The reading is an exchange from the same between Lucy and Mr. Beaver.
The year was 1573. We remember the early Reformation dialogue with the Eastern church. The reading is Bill Stadick's "The-Sin-Boldly-Bulwark-Never-Failing-Blues."
The year was 1703. We remember Danish poet and pastor Thomas Kingo. The reading is from Kingo, "Softly Now the Day is Ending."
The year was 1781. Joseph II introduced his "Patent of Toleration." The reading is from William Cowper, his "Sometimes a Light Surprises."
The year was 1600. We remember Luis De Molina. The reading is the conclusion of Walt Hearn's "The Scientist's Psalm."
The year was 1962. The Second Vatican Council was convened. The reading is from Karl Barth, an excerpt from a sermon on Ephesians 2.
The year was 1674. We remember the poet Reverend Thomas Traherne. The reading is the Anglican collect for Traherne.
The year was 1201. We remember Robert of Sorbonne. The reading is a paraphrase of Francis of Assisi from "All Creatures of Our God and King."
The year was 1927. We remember missionary and martyr Phillip James, or “Jim” Elliot. The reading is an excerpt from chapter 11 of the Epistle to the Hebrews.
The year was 1796. We remember the pastor and philosopher Thomas Reid. The reading is an excerpt from Eugene Peterson's "A Long Obedience in the Same Direction."
The year was 1919. We remember Baron Paul Nicolay, the Lutheran evangelist in Russia. Our reading is from Russian dissident Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, titled "Confession."