Today in Christian History
Death of Pope St Celestine I, who had defended the orthodox faith against several heresies and had also supported St. Augustine of Hippo. He may have sent St. Patrick to evangelize Ireland.
An Act for Promoting and Propagating the Gospel in New England is ordered by English House of Commons, inspired by the work of John Eliot among the American Indians.
Eight Quakers from England arrive at Boston on the Speedwell and are immediately imprisoned by Puritan authorities. The Puritans look upon Quakerism with suspicion, regarding it as theologically apostate and politically subversive.
Birth of Fran‡ois H. Barth‚l‚mon, French Swedenborgian composer. Two of his manyworks later became hymn tunes: AUTUMN (Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus) and BALERMA (Oh, fora Closer Walk with God).
Death of John Sergeant, missionary to New England's Indians. Among his memorable actions had been enlisting David Brainerd as a fellow-missionary to the Indians.
Death of philanthropist Isabella Graham in New York City. She had trained poor women to learn life skills and habits of thrift, and authored a best-seller, The Power of Faith. Her charities had been inspired by her Christian faith.
Birth of Cyrus H. Nusbaum, an American Methodist clergyman who penned the hymn,'Would You Live for Jesus, and Be Always Pure and Good?' (aka 'His Way With Thee').
Death of Swedish hymnwriter Caroline (Lina) V. Sandell Berg. Her most popular hymn in the United States had been "Day by Day."
Death of Ding Shujing, the first woman to lead China's branch of the Young Women's Christian Association.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer's parents learn of his execution by Nazis at Buchenwald concentration camp through a broadcast emanating from London.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"