Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, December 28

1065
Although incomplete, Westminster Abbey is consecrated. King Edward the Confessor is erecting it as his burial church. He dies a week after its consecration.
1384
Educator, Bible translator, and church reformer John Wycliffe suffers a paralyzing stroke while saying mass. He will die three days later.
1622
Death in Lyon, France, of Francis of Sales, Bishop of Geneva and author of the popular books Introduction to the Devout Life and Treatise on the Love of God.
1733
Aaron, a Tamil catechist, becomes the first Indian pastor ordained by the Lutheran mission at Tranquebar, India.
1741
Diogo is ordained to the Lutheran priesthood in Tranquebar. He will convert many Portuguese from Roman Catholicism to Protestantism.
1800
Baptism of Krishna Pal, following his conversion from Hinduism to Christianity under the teaching of William Carey and his co-workers. He will preach the gospel to fellow Indians.
1832
In Missouri, St. Louis Academy (founded in 1818) was chartered as St. Louis University. It was the first Catholic university established in the U.S. west of the Allegheny Mountains.
1838
Members of the Methodist North Carolina Conference secure a charter from the state legislature for Greensboro Female College.
1847
Birth of Samuel A. Ward, American music publisher. Ward composed the tune MATERNA, to which we sing today the patriotic hymn, "America, The Beautiful."
1948
Jacob DeShazzar, one of America's Doolittle Raiders, returns to Japan to evangelize the country he bombed during the recently ended Second World War.

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