Today in Christian History
Under Emperor Justinian, the churches of the East and West reconcile. They had been separated for thirty-five years during the Acacian Schism, which revolved around whether or not Christ had two natures - the human and the divine. This had been the first significant break between the churches of East and West.
Pope Leo X condemns Luther by name on Maundy Thursday in the bull In Coena Domini, along with all his adherents.
A number of Geneva's Catholic citizens, under the lead of Fran
Colonial missionary to the American Indians David Brainerd wrote in his journal: 'Oh, how happy it is, to be drawn by desires of a state of perfect holiness.'
John Joseph Ignatius von D
William Christie sails from the United States bound for Buddhist Tibet. "By the grace of God I will spend and be spent for my Savior and the salvation of those who are sitting in awful darkness and sin and misery," he writes. He will become known as the "Apostle of Tibet."
Death of author, painter, linguist, and hymnwriter Elizabeth Rundle Charles in London, England. One of her better-known hymns was "Never Farther than Thy Cross."
Birth of Kurt Aland, New Testament textual scholar. He co-edited the two most definitive modern critical editions of the Greek Scriptures: the United Bible Society's "Greek New Testament" and Eberhard Nestle's "Novum Testamentum Graece."
Birth of Bill Gaither, contemporary Gospel songwriter and vocal artist. Together with his wife Gloria, he wrote some of the most popular Christian songs of the 1960s-1970s, including "Because He Lives," "The King is Coming," "The Longer I Serve Him" and "Something Beautiful."
English apologist C. S. Lewis wrote in "Letters to American Lady": 'The main purpose of our life is to reach the point at which one's own life as a person is at an end. One must in this sense "die," relinquish one's freedom and independence... "He that loses his life shall find it."'
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"