Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, July 7

303
Procopius of Sycthopolis is martyred as the first of the Palestine victims in the Diocletian persecutions.
1586
Birth of Thomas Hooker, colonial American pastor and an originator of the earliest system of federal government in America.
1818
Walter Scott arrives in New York from Scotland, and soon will become a leader and educator in the growing Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement.
1858
Archbishop Hughes of New York approves the rules drawn up by Isaac Hecker and his companions for the Missionary Society of St. Paul the Apostle (the Paulists) to convert Americans to Roman Catholicism.
1878
Francis J. Grimk
1907
Death of Anna Louisa Walker Coghill at Bath, England. She had authored many poems and the popular hymn "Work, for the Night Is Coming."
1935
Death in Alexandria, Egypt, of Orthodox patriarch Meletius Metaxakis, a zealous reformer who had also taken steps to create a Greek Archdiocese in North America. He was the only man successively to lead three autocephalous (independent) Orthodox Churches. He had also sought to bridge the gap between Orthodoxy and the Anglican Church.
1944
Death of George Washington Truett, who had pastored the largest Baptist church in the world - the First Baptist Church of Dallas.
1946
Italian-American educator, Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917) became the first American citizen to be made a saint in the Catholic Church. She arrived in the U.S. in 1889, and was naturalized in 1909.
1952
Six churches met to form the Southern Baptist Association of Colorado, the first organization of this denomination in the state.

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