Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, November 1

1512
After four years of work, Michelangelo opens the Sistine Chapel ceiling to public view on All Saints Day. His work covers a 5,800-square-feet surface.
1537
German reformer Martin Luther stated during one of his "Table Talks": 'There are many fluent preachers who speak at length but say nothing, who have words without substance.'
1770
Death at Islington, England, of Alexander Cruden, Scottish editor and compiler of Cruden's Concordance, who originally prepared to study for the ministry but after suffering several mental breakdowns was confined to an asylum for brief stays three times over several years.
1815
Baptism of Edward Mote at eighteen years of age, who will write the hymn "My Hope is Built on Nothing Less."
1845
Anne Ayres takes religious vows that will lead her to found the first religious order for women in the Episcopal Church in the United States.
1894
Liu Cho Wan is ordained as a Catholic priest. Skilled with languages and with the wisdom to settle disputes, he will be highly regarded wherever he labors.
1919
Death of Sophie Lichtenfels, a German immigrant and scrubwoman (cleaning lady) in New York City. Told she was too old to become a foreign missionary, she had become a missionary to foreign immigrants in New York City and a well-known speaker. She was associated with A.B. Simpson's Christian and Missionary Alliance to which she gave all that she could afford from her small wages. Many prominent rescue workers from New York and Philadelphia will turn out for her funeral.
1950
Pope Pius XII proclaimed the dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. His Apostolic Constitution "Munificentissimus Deus" taught that, at the end of her earthly life, Jesus' mother was taken, body and soul, into heaven to be united with the risen Christ.
1961
Death of Mordecai Ham, the evangelist under whose ministry Billy Graham was saved.
1963
English linguistic scholar J.R.R. Tolkien wrote in a letter: 'In the last resort, faith is an act of will, inspired by love.'

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