Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, April 19

1054
Death of Pope St. Leo IX. He had been notable for efforts to end the practice of simony (buying of religious offices) and the practice of priests marrying. He had also spent ten months in prison after his capture while leading an army against the Germans.
1529
In Germany at the Diet of Spires (Speyer), a document signed by Lutheran leaders in fourteen cities lodged a "protest" which demanded a freedom of conscience and the right of minorities. Henceforth, the German Lutheran Reformers were known as "Protestants."
1552
Death of Olaus Petri, a leading reformer of Sweden. Olaus and his brother Laurentius (Sweden's first Protestant archbishop) had converted much of the nation through their writings, hymns, and examples.
1823
Birth of Anna L. Waring, Welsh Anglican hymnwriter. "In Heavenly Love Abiding" is one of her best-known hymns, and is still sung today.
1854
Nineteen-year-old English Baptist preacher, C.H. (Charles Haddon) Spurgeon, is called to pastor the New Park Chapel in London, one of the city's largest churches.
1858
Death in Philadelphia of evangelist Dudley Tyng, having suffered several days after an accident that mangled one of his arms. In the last sermon he had preached, he supposedly said words to the effect that he “would rather lose his right arm” than fail to share the gospel. Shortly before his death, he urges his father and ministerial brethren to “Stand up for Jesus” - words that will inspire the hymn “Stand up, Stand up for Jesus.”
1887
The Catholic University of America was chartered in Washington, D.C.
1930
American pioneer linguist Frank C. Laubach, while serving as a missionary in the Philippines, wrote in a letter: 'Fellowship with God is like a delicate little plant, for a long nurturing is the price of having it, while it vanishes in a second of time, as soon as we try to seat some other unworthy affection beside Him.'
1941
Robert F. Wagner, Sr. introduced a resolution in the U.S. Senate stating that U.S. policy should favor the "restoration of the Jews in Palestine." The resolution was supported by 68 Senators.
1959
Nomination of a priest named Mina El-Baramousy to become Pope of the Coptic Church of Egypt. His name is drawn. Mina, who has always preferred solitude and once ran away rather than become a bishop, breaks into tears. In May he will be installed as Kyrillos VI, the 116th Patriarch of the Coptic church.

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