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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, January 28

1077
Pope Gregory VII (Hildebrand) absolves Henry IV at Canossa, Italy, after forcing him to stand three days barefoot in snow.
1547
Edward VI becomes king of England and promotes the Reformation.
1561
Persecution of French Huguenots is suspended by the Edict of Orleans during the reign of Francis II.
1568
Repose (death) of Venerable Theodosius, an Orthodox ascetic who had founded the Totma Ephraimov wilderness monastery in Volgoda.
1581
Scotland's King James VI, who in 1603 would become England's James I, signed the Second Scottish Confession of Faith.
1822
Birth of William D. Longstaff, English philanthropist. A close acquaintance of Dwight L. Moody and Ira D. Sankey, Longstaff is better remembered today as author of the hymn, "Take Time to Be Holy."
1834
Sarah L. H. Smith reaches Beirut, where she will devote her life and energy as a missionary to Syrian women.
1896
Death of Joseph Barnby in London. A noted choir leader and composer, he wrote the Oratorio Rebekah and many hymn tunes including those to which we sing "O Perfect Love," "Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus," "Stand up, Stand up, for Jesus," "Jesus Lover of My Soul," and "When Morning Gilds the Skies." He had also led the first English performance of Dvorak's Stabat Mater.
1907
Death of John Paton, missionary to the New Hebrides. His wife and son died shortly after he began work. Alone and broken-hearted, he dug a grave and buried them. A man of great faith, he survived numerous threats from the islanders.
1998
Michelangelo's drawing of Jesus asking the Samaritain woman for a drink sells for .4 million at a Sotheby's auction.

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