Today in Christian History
Gregory XV published the bull 'Inscrutabili Divinae,' which reminded the Church of its mission to the newly discovered native populations in the recently discovered Americas.
Birth of Alexis F. Lvov, Russian church musician who composed the tune to the hymn, 'God, the Almighty One! Wisely Ordaining.'
Death of Anna Hinderer, aged forty-three. She had served as a missionary in Nigeria until ill-health forced her to return to England. There, despite suffering, she continued to work among factory girls and children of the poor.
On the day of his sister's marriage, blind parson George Matheson experiences deep mental suffering, and writes his beloved hymn, "O Love that wilt not let me go."
Death in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, of John Williamson Nevin, a staunchly Calvinist theologian, who had opposed nineteenth-century revivalism, believing it was too individualistic and did not uphold the historic confessions of the church.
Li Chouzi, an ardent, soul-winning Christian girl, and all the other Chinese Christians of her village are hacked to death by revolutionaries known as Boxers.
Death of Bishop Joseph A. Beebe of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church (now known as the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church) after preaching the gospel fifty-two years and serving the church thirty-five years as a bishop.
Harold Wildish boards the Amakura, bound for South America. He had received word to fill the place of an ailing missionary but had only one British pound in money. He went upstairs and spread the letter out before the Lord, saying, "You know what I need." Next morning, he received a check in the mail for twenty-five pounds. "But I must have thirty-five," he prayed. The next day he received another letter from the same person. "I could not sleep last night thinking of you. I believe you must need the additional enclosed ten pounds."
Joseph Lason was installed as Bishop of Biloxi, Mississippi, becoming the first African- American Roman Catholic bishop consecrated since the 19th century.
Christian brothers, Zaher Kamel, a doctor, and Maher Kamel, a high school teacher, are gunned down by Muslim radicals in Qena, Upper Egypt.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"