Dec 31 – Samuel Ajayi Crowther

Samuel Crowther

Samuel Ajayi Crowther
Bishop of the Niger Territories
31 December 1891

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Dec 30 – Thomas of Canterbury

Dec 30 - Thomas of Canterbury

Thomas of Canterbury
Archbishop + Martyr
30 December 1170

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Dec 30 – Amelia Bloomer

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Amelia Bloomer
30 December 1894
Renewer of the Church

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Dec 30 – Frances Joseph-Gaudet

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Frances Joseph-Gaudet
Educator + Prison Reformer
30 December 1934

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Dec 28 – The Holy Innocents

Dec 28 - The Holy Innocents

The Holy Innocents of Bethlehem
Victims
28 December NT

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Dec 27 – Saint John

Dec 27 - Saint John

Saint John
Apostle + Evangelist
27 December NT

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From the Satucket Lectionary

St. JohnJohn, son of Zebedee, was one of the twelve apostles of Our Lord. Together with his brother James and with Simon Peter, he formed a kind of inner circle of Three among the Twelve, in that those three were privileged to behold the miracle of the Great Catch of Fish (L 5:10), the healing of Peter’s mother-in-law (P 1:29), the raising of the daughter of Jairus (P 5:37 = L 8:51), the Transfiguration (M 17:1 = P 9:2 = L 9:28), and the Agony in Gethsemane (M 26:37 = P 14:33). He expressed a willingness to undergo martyrdom (M 20:22 = P 10:39) — as did the other apostles (M 26:35 = P 14:31) — and is accordingly called a martyr in intention. However, we have ancient testimony that, although imprisoned and exiled for his testimony to the Gospel, he was eventually released and died a natural death in Ephesus: “a martyr in will but not in deed.”

John is credited with the authorship of three epistles and one Gospel, although many scholars believe that the final editing of the Gospel was done by others shortly after his death. He is also supposed by many to be the author of the book of Revelation, also called the Apocalypse, although this identification is less certain. For a discussion of the authorship of the Gospel of John, consult the Web pagehttp://elvis.rowan.edu/~kilroy/CHRISTIA/library/john.html

by James Kiefer

Note: In the scripture references, “M” = Matthew, “P” = Mark, and “L” = Luke.