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Who really were the ‘vikings’? Were any of them your ancestors?

I just ran across a very interesting historical background on the so-called Vikings. Contrary to Hollywood, they didn’t usually wear horned helmets. Did you know that they founded Dublin Ireland?

Do you have any Norsemen/Scandinavians in your family tree? Through DNA testing, I have discovered that I have 4% Norwegian. Norway comes from Old English Norweġ, Norþweġ, from Old Norse Norvegr (“north way”), Norðvegr, from norðr (“north”) + vegr (“way”), contrasted with suðrvegr (“south way”), i.e. Germany, and austrvegr (“east way”), the Baltic lands. Norwegian (1607) is from Medieval Latin Norvegia, with the -w- from Norway.

By the (south) way, the Normans from Normandy who conquered England in 1066 were Norsemen who had lived in Northern France for 150 years and learned to speak French.

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Have you ever heard of Dr Nathan Bangs?

Dr Nathan Bangs, the first Canadian Methodist preacher, participated in a camp-meeting at Adolphustown in the western part of Upper Canada (Ontario) in 1803. An estimated 2,500 people took part in the meeting which lasted for several days. The meeting, which also served a social purpose, consisted of singing, preaching, and prayer meetings held at intervals: “At five o’clock Saturday morning, a prayer-meeting was held, and at ten o’clock a sermon.” Following the sermons, the clergy went among the people, exhorting the impenitent and comforting the distressed. Bangs wrote, “It was truly affecting to see parents weeping over their children, neighbours exhorting their unconverted neighbours to repent, while all, old and young, were awestruck.”

Stevens’ Life and Times of Dr Bangs, pp. 150-154, cited in Ryerson, Canadian Methodism, pp. 117-119

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Do it again, Lord

Nov 22, 1740 First Great Awakening (278 years ago today)

George Whitefield: “All of a sudden, God’s presence so filled my soul that I could scarce stand under it. I prayed and exhorted, then exhorted and prayed again, but with such power that every person in the room seemed to be under very great impressions, sighing and weeping.”