Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, December 25

336
First recorded instance of Jesus' nativity celebrated as a feast on December 25, appears in the Calendar of Filocalus (or Philocalus).
508
(or as early as 496) King Clovis, who united Gaul and founded France, is baptized by St. Remigius in the Cathedral of Rheims with three thousand of his warriors. His wife Clotilda was instrumental in "converting" him, although his understanding was low and his change of character minimal.
597
Thousands of Anglo-Saxons are baptized by the missionary Augustine, an important date in the Christianization of Southern England.
1413
Two years before his martyrdom, Bohemian reformer and martyr Jan Huss wrote in a letter: 'Rejoice, that the immortal God is born, so that mortal men may live through eternity.'
1537
German reformer Martin Luther was recorded as saying: 'It is the most ungodly and dangerous business to abandon the certain and revealed will of God in order to search in to the hidden mysteries of God.'
1572
Death of Peter Melius Juh
1723
The Dunkards (Baptists from Germany) held their first immersion service in America at Germantown (near Philadelphia), Pennsylvania.
1898
The first continental council of the Latin American Roman Catholic Church is convened. It issues 998 canons. Among its objects is a desire to check anti-Christian influences. Thirteen archbishops and forty-one bishops are present at this meeting in Rome.
1909
Japanese evangelist Toyohiko Kagawa crosses the Higurashi Bridge to serve in the slums of Shinkawa. His most quoted saying is, "Theology is but an appendix to love, and an unreliable appendix!"
2011
Islamic terrorists bomb Nigerian churches in Madalla, Jos, Kano, Damaturu, and Gadaka, killing dozens of Christians during Christmas services.

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