Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, July 7

Procopius of Sycthopolis is martyred as the first of the Palestine victims in the Diocletian persecutions.
Birth of Thomas Hooker, colonial American pastor and an originator of the earliest system of federal government in America.
Walter Scott arrives in New York from Scotland, and soon will become a leader and educator in the growing Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement.
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.
Francis J. Grimk
Death of Anna Louisa Walker Coghill at Bath, England. She had authored many poems and the popular hymn "Work, for the Night Is Coming."
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.
Death of George Washington Truett, who had pastored the largest Baptist church in the world - the First Baptist Church of Dallas.
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.
Six churches met to form the Southern Baptist Association of Colorado, the first organization of this denomination in the state.

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