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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Tuesday, April 25

62
Death of Mark the Gospel writer while imprisoned in Alexandria in the eighth year of Nero, according to Vetus martyrologium romanum (an old Roman collation of martyr accounts).
1449
The ineffectual Council of Basel ends.
1530
The Augsburg Confession was read publicly at the Diet of Worms. Written principally by Philip Melanchthon, the document comprised the first official summary of the Lutheran faith.
1564
John Calvin, reformer of Geneva, dictates his last will and testament to notary Peter Chenalat.
1735
Death at Epworth, England, of Samuel Wesley, curate, author, and father of Methodist revival leaders John and Charles Wesley.
1800
Death at East Dereham, Norfolk, England, of English poet William Cowper. Despite lifelong depression, he had produced enduring hymns, including, "Oh For a Closer Walk with God" and "There is a Fountain Filled with Blood." Dementia had led him to believe he was damned.
1858
Consecration of Jean-Pierre Augustin Marcellin Verot as the first Roman Catholic bishop of Florida. He will become known as "the rebel bishop" for his support of the South during the American Civil War.
1879
Consecration of J. B. Lightfoot as Bishop of Durham. A renowned English New Testament scholar, he had left Cambridge and a life of scholarship to devote the remaining ten years of his life to church administration.
1912
Death in Ghana, of Christian Abraham Ackah, at the age of about twenty-eight. He had been a major player in establishing Seventh Day Adventist work in Ghana, opening schools and churches.
1917
Ordination of Paul Sasaki as a priest in the Anglican Church in Japan. He will become bishop of Nippon Sei Ko Kei (an independent church organization within the Anglican Communion), and suffer imprisonment for his refusal to bring Nippon Sei Ko Kei under the authority of a government-ordered church coalition.

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