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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, March 25

1
Roman Church historian Dionysius Exiguus (ca.500-550), in calculating his history of the Christian Church, took this day as the supposed date of the Annunciation. March 25th afterward became the first day of the calendar year, until the Gregorian Calendar Reform of 1582 changed the day to anuary 1st.
304
Agape, Chioma, and Irene, three sisters, are seized at Thessalonica during Diocletian's persecution. The three will be burned - Irene after shameful exposure.
1409
The Council of Pisa meets to depose rival popes and elect a third, who will call himself Alexander V. Since neither of the other two will accept the council's authority, there will now be three popes instead of two.
1533
During one of his recorded "Table Talks," German reformer Martin Luther declared: 'That the Creator himself comes to us and becomes our ransom - this is the reason for our rejoicing.'
1634
The Catholic Church gained a foothold in colonial America when the ships "Dove" and "Ark" arrived in Maryland with 128 Catholic colonists, selected by Cecilius Calvert, second Lord Baltimore. The colony was under the leadership of Leonard Calvert, Lord Baltimore's brother.
1643
John Eudes establishes the Society of Jesus and Mary for the education of priests and for missionary work.
1783
Five Anglican clergymen gather secretly at Woodbury, Connecticut, and choose Samuel Seabury as their prospective bishop. He will have to sail to Britain to obtain ordination.
1821
Metropolitan Germanos of Patra blesses the fighters at Agia Lavra and hoists the flag of the Greek War of Independence from Turkish rule in St. George's Square at Patrai. His charisma encouraged the Greek fighters.
1883
Sister Elizabeth Fedde sails from Norway to New York where she will establish a deaconness ministry.
1951
American missionary and martyr Jim Elliot reflected in his journal: 'When it comes time to die, make sure that all you have to do is die.'

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