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December 6

Nicholas of Myra, Pastor

1273 Saint Thomas Aquinas (ca. 12251274) ceased writing following a tremendous mystical experience while conducting Mass. He suspended his work on his Summa Theologica. I can do no more, he told his servant. Such things have been revealed to me that all that I have written seems to me as so much straw. Now I await the end of my life.

1352 Pope Clement VI died (b. 1291, France). He was elected pope on 7 May 1342 at Avignon, where he died.

1642 Johann Christoph Bach, composer, was born in Eisenach (d. 31 March 1703).

1664 Governor Richard Nicolls (16241672) granted liberty to New York Lutherans.

1664 Saint Matthew Lutheran Church (New York City), the oldest congregation in the Missouri Synod, was organized and chartered.

1675 John Lightfoot, English churchman and rabbinical scholar, died (b. 29 March 1602)

1787 Cokesbury College, the first Methodist college in America, opened in Abingdon, Maryland. The campus consisted of a three-story building 108 feet long and 40 feet wide.

1849 American abolitionist Harriet Tubman (ca. 18201913) escaped from slavery.

1858 Henry Ustic Onderdonk, hymnist, died in Philadelphia (b. 16 March 1789, New York City).

1865 The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, banning slavery.

1870 William Henry Behrens, professor at Concordia Theological Seminary (Springfield, Illinois), was born at Saint Louis, Missouri (d. 29 March 1943).

1913 Oswald C. J. Hoffmann, Lutheran Hour speaker, was born in Snyder (near Norfolk), Nebraska (d. 8 September 2005).

1964 The Roman Catholic hierarchy in both England and Wales authorized joint prayers with other churches.

1983 In a London auction a record 7.4 million pounds (14.6 million dollars) was bid for a 12th-century manuscript of the Gospels of Henry the Lion (11291195).

1998 Norris G. Patschke, Austin, Texas, died (b. 22 December 1935, Thorndale, Texas). He graduated from Concordia Teachers College (Seward, Nebraska) in 1959 and served as a professor at Seward in the education department from 1968 to 1981 and also at Concordia College (Austin) until his death. He had taught in Lutheran schools in Houston and Dallas, Texas, prior to his tenures as a professor.

2002 Evelyn Hartman, who served as president of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League from 1967 to 1971, died in Spokane, Washington (b. 5 December 1916). She was the sixth president of the LWML.