Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, May 13

609
Pope Boniface IV dedicates the Pantheon as a Catholic church and introduces the Festival of All Saints. The bones of martyrs from various Roman cemeteries are brought in a solemn procession of twenty-eight carriages to the new church.
1291
King Philip the Fair of France addresses a letter to the seneschal of Carcassonne in which he denounces the inquisitors for cruelly torturing innocent men, whereby the living and the dead are fraudulently convicted. Among abuses he particularly mentions are “tortures newly invented.”
1607
Jamestown settlers attend their first prayer service in Virginia after their Anglican minister builds a makeshift church by "nailing a piece of timber between two trees," and stretching "a square of sailcloth over it."
1643
An ordinance calling for the Westminster Assembly is introduced into the English House of Commons and will pass a month later.
1665
A statute was enacted in Rhode Island, offering freemanship with no specifically Christian requirements, thus effectively enfranchising Jews.
1828
Evangelist David Marks asks his audience what they want him to preach on. Someone shouts "nothing" and so Marks preaches on "nothing" to an Ancaster, Ontario, crowd, showing them that they would be nothing and have nothing without Christ.
1831
A meeting in London for the proposed union of Congregational churches adjourns. It had authorized the creation of a plan for union to be amended by the affected British churches and submitted for adoption the following year.
1917
Three children claim to have seen the Virgin Mary in the town of Fatima in Portugal.
1925
In Tallahassee, Florida, the State legislature passed a bill requiring daily Bible readings in all public schools.
2006
Death in Hamden, Connecticut, of Jaroslav Pelikan, a Christian scholar and church historian who had written nearly forty books and over a dozen reference works on numerous aspects of Christian history. Late in life he had joined the Eastern Orthodox Church.

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