Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, September 12

1217
The Dominicans arrive in Paris for the first time and go straight to the center of the city to begin their mission work.
1571
Dr. Pedro Moya de Contreras arrives in Mexico where he will implement the Inquisition.
1624
Death of Bassian of Tiksnensk, an ascetic hermit of the Russian Orthodox Church who sought to mortify his flesh by wearing heavy chains, refusing all visitors except his spiritual guide, and half-starving himself. He will come to be regarded as a saint.
1654
Oliver Cromwell has the doors of the House of Parliament locked and surrounded by soldiers, and directs its members to meet him in the Painted Chamber where he speaks to them in serious tones about the perils with which their policy menaces the State, and requires them to sign an engagement "to be true and faithful to the Lord Protector and the Commonwealth." Those who refuse (nearly one hundred, some for religious reasons) are excluded from the House.
1707
Death of Samuel Willard, a colonial clergyman in Massachusetts, who strenuously opposed the Salem witch trials.
1782
By resolution, the U.S. Congress officially endorses Robert Aitken's publication of an English-language Bible, the first in America.
1859
Christians in Bicester, England, commence a daily prayer meeting that will result in revival.
1909
When traditional Methodist missionaries will not allow Nellie Laidlaw (a.k.a. Sister Elena) to speak “in the Spirit”, Chileans side with her and form their own church, which soon becomes the first large Pentecostal movement in South America. Within seventy years, it will have one million converts. This date will be remembered as Reformation Day in Chile.
1922
The House of Bishops of the U.S. Protestant Episcopal Church voted 36-27 to delete the word "obey" from the vows of their denomination's official marriage service.
1937
Dedication of the Peace Lutheran Church in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

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