Today in Christian History
[or the 13th] Consecration of the Church of the Anastasis (Church of the Resurrection), commissioned by Emperor Constantine at the reputed site of Christ's Resurrection. The church will not be completed for about fifty more years.
Dedication of the Cathedral in Ely, England. King Henry III and Prince Edward are present.
Death of Swiss reformer Heinrich Bullinger. He had succeeded Zwingli at Zurich and because of the hospitality he extended to English exiles, had gained influence with the English Puritans.
After extracting as many concessions as possible, Pope Clement VIII grants absolution to Henry IV of France, formerly a Protestant, so that he will be able to rule France.
Death in Rome of Cardinal Robert Bellarmine, celebrated Jesuit defender of Roman Catholic teaching against Protestant theologies. He had also delivered the admonition to Galileo to no longer teach the heliocentric theory.
The first synod of the Presbyterian Church in America meets in Philadelphia.
The U.S. Constitution -- ratified on this date -- contained the following code under Article 6, Section 3: 'No religious tests shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.'
Consecration of Thomas John Claggett at Trinity Church, New York City, by Bishops Samuel Seabury, William White, Samuel Provoost, and James Madison. He is the first Episcopal bishop consecrated in America, the others having obtained consecration in England or Scotland.
Upon her release from prison, a woman walks several miles to Kaiserswerth to ask pastor Theodore Fliedner for help and is given a small outbuilding as a temporary shelter, inaugurating what will become the Kaiserswerth institutions.
Birth of Walter Gowans, Canadian missions pioneer. In 1893 he helped found the Sudan Interior Mission in Toronto. Today, SIM works with African nationals and specializes in church planting, medicine and broadcasting.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"