Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, March 3

1033
Death of Cunegunda, Queen of Bavaria, who had voluntarily embraced humility after the death of her husband, Holy Roman Emperor Henry II. Having entered a convent, she insisted that no one treat her as the empress she had once been, taking the part of a servant and performing the lowest and dirtiest jobs that needed doing.
1547
The Seventh Session of the Council of Trent declared: 'If anyone says that one baptized cannot, even if he wishes, lose grace, however much he may sin, unless he is unwilling to believe, let him be anathema.'
1556
Roman Catholics drive two hundred Protestants out of Locarno, Switzerland. They find refuge in Zurich with Henry Bullinger.
1589
Death at Strasbourg of Lutheran educator Johannes Sturm, whose emphasis on Latin studies will dominate Protestant educational models long after the Reformation.
1744
Colonial missionary to the American Indians, David Brainerd wrote in his journal: 'In the morning, spent an hour in prayer. Prayer was so sweet an exercise to me that I knew not how to cease, lest I lose the spirit of prayer.'
1931
American linguistic pioneer Frank Laubach wrote in a letter: 'If we only let God have his full chance he will break our hearts with the glory of his revelation. That is the privilege which the preacher can have. It is his business to look into the very face of God until he aches with bliss.'
1933
Navigators, an evangelical organization, is founded in California, but will not be incorporated for another decade.
1950
Trappist monk Thomas Merton wrote in "Sign of Jonas": 'The Christian life...is a continual discovery of Christ in new and unexpected places. And these discoveries are sometimes most profitable when you find him in something you had tended to overlook or even despise.'
1959
By a vote taken in both bodies, the Unitarian Church and the Universalist Church, along with their fellowships -- the American Unitarian Association and the Universalist Church of America merged into a single denomination.
1963
An assembly of priests and lay people from Kenya and Uganda is held in Kampala to reaffirm the particpants' full support of and attachment to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria.

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