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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, April 5

582
Death of Eutychius, patriarch of Constantinople, who had maintained that after the resurrection the body will be more subtle than air and no longer palpable, a position that the future Pope Gregory the Great vehemently opposed.
1614
Indian Princess Pocahontas, a convert to Christianity, marries English colonist John Rolfe.
1784
Birth of Louis Spohr, German violin virtuoso and composer. He is best remembered today for composing the hymn tunes GERALD ("I Want a Principle Within") and SPOHR ("All Things Bright and Beautiful").
1802
Pioneer Methodist bishop Francis Asbury wrote in his journal: 'I am often drawn out in thankfulness to God, who hath saved a mother of mine and, I trust, a father also, who are already in glory, where I hope to meet them both."
1811
Death in Gloucester of Robert Raikes, an English philanthropist generally regarded as the founder of the modern Sunday school movement.
1834
Matthew Simpson rides away from the medical profession in Ohio to become a Methodist itinerant preacher. At the time he still struggles even to speak with people. However he will become a notable educator and bishop.
1940
Death in Calcutta, India, of Charles Freer Andrews, an Anglican priest and missionary to India, where he had assisted the poor and pursued social justice. He had been a close friend of Mahatma Gandhi.
1953
In Washington, D.C., President Dwight Eisenhower inaugurated the Presidential Prayer Breakfast. (Its name was later changed to the Annual National Prayer Breakfast.)
1956
East German authorities dynamite ruins of the Ulrich church in Magdeburg, despite Christian protests. Religious leaders' plans to rebuild the historic sanctuary are ignored. It dates back to 1023 but has been damaged in the war.
1969
Pope Paul VI abolished the galero (red hat) and red shoes and buckles customarily worn by Roman Catholic cardinals.

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