Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, May 30

Pope Gregory IX canonizes Anthony of Padua, the "Wonder Worker."
Jerome of Prague is burned for heresy by the Council of Constance. He had been a follower of reformer Jan Hus.
Last preserved letter of Conrad Grebel, written from Zurich, to his brother-in-law Vadian, is a vigorous plea against attempts to suppress Anabaptists by fines, confiscation of property, imprisonment, or death.
Philip of Hesse opens the University of Marburg.
William Carey preaches a famous sermon on Isaiah 54:2-3, before the Baptist Association meeting in Nottingham, England, at the Friar Lane Baptist Chapel, urging his listeners to "expect great things, attempt great things."
At the request of his father-in-law, Anglican bishop Reginald Heber pens the words to his missionary hymn, "From Greenland's Icy Mountains."
A slave betrays plans for a massive uprising planned by African Methodist preacher Denmark Vesey in Charleston, South Carolina. One hundred and thirty one African Americans are arrested and Vesey's church is closed. Some of the plotters will be executed and others deported.
Ordination in Maryland of Charles Grafton as a priest in the Episcopal Church. He will found the Sisters of the Holy Nativity and later, as a bishop, will stir controversy because of his fondness for ritual and vestments.
In a letter, Father Weld accepts Gerard Manley Hopkins into the Jesuits. Hopkins will work as a priest among the poor, writing, but not publishing, the poems for which he is famous today, which the world will first see after his death.
Death in Boga, Congo, of African evangelist Apolo Kivebulaya.

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