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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, May 4

1689
Death in Bavaria of Christian Knorr von Rosenroth, a hymnwriter and Christian student of the Kabbalah, which he had begun translating into Latin. His most notable hymns were "Jesus, Sun of Righteousness" and "Dayspring of Eternity."
1730
Anna Nitschmann of the Moravians enters into a covenant before God which will later be observed as an annual Choir Festival, in which Moravian Sisters remember Nitschmann's original covenant, renew it for themselves, and initiate new members into the Choir.
1746
The Moravians in Pennsylvania established the Moravian Women's Seminary at Bethlehem. It was the first educational institution of its kind established by the "Unitas Fratrum" in (colonial) America.
1784
Birth of Carl G. Glaser, German music teacher. Of his many choral pieces, Glaser is primarily remembered today for his hymn tune AZMON, to which the Church today sings: "O For a Thousand Tongues."
1814
Death of Methodist superintendant Thomas Coke while leading a group of missionaries to India.
1856
A committee at Mount Vernon Church, Boston, reluctantly accepts Dwight L. Moody into church membership, having already rejected him once because of his complete ignorance of Christian truth. Moody will develop into an evangelist of international fame.
1876
Death in San Francisco of Lutheran frontier evangelist and pastor Friedrich Konrad Dietrich Wyneken, who had worked primarily around Fort Wayne, Indiana. He had been instrumental in attracting many Lutheran pastors from Germany to America and in setting the evangelical tone of the Missouri Synod of the Lutheran Church.
1898
Many people gather to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of Michael Augustine Corrigan's episcopal consecration. Laymen, priests, and prominent Catholics will testify to the virtues of this Archbishop of New York.
1938
Under arduous wartime conditions, Mei Yiqi, a Christian educator, becomes president of a makeshift university at Kunming, organized in exile out of three refugee universities' faculties.
1945
Bandits torture and murder Vasily Martysz, a Polish Orthodox priest. After serving as a priest in Alaska and Pennsylvania, he had returned to Poland, where following World War I he organized a chaplaincy for the Polish army and labored to make the Polish Orthodox Church self-ruling. He had retired by the time of his death.

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© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"