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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, May 6

1237
The bones of St. Sava of Serbia are removed from the Cathedral of the Holy Forty Martyrs in Trnovo to the monastery Mileseva in southern Serbia, where they will remain for three hundred and sixty years until the Ottoman Turks dig them up and burn them.
1527
Forty thousand mercenaries from the army of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, hired by Cardinal Pompeo Colonna, sack the city of Rome, killing, torturing, looting, and raping. They burn two thirds of the city. Pope Clement VII is forced to flee to the castle of St. Angelo disguised as a gardener.
1536
King Henry VIII of England orders that an English-language Bible be placed in every church in the nation.
1619
The Canons of Dort, a Calvinist response to the Arminian Remonstrance, are promulgated in Dort's Great Church before a large congregation.
1638
Death of Dutch theologian Cornelius Jansen, who inspired the Catholic reform movement known as Jansenism. Opposed to the teachings of the Jesuits and of Thomas Aquinas, he had adopted Augustine's doctrine of irresistible grace, but his views on grace and predestination were condemned by the church.
1746
Death in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, of William Tennent. Born in Ireland, he had migrated to America where he operated a seminary in a log cabin, infusing his pupils with such evangelistic zeal that they became the leaders of the Great Awakening. They would found many influential frontier schools in their turn.
1840
Death in Loretto, Pennsylvania, of Dmitri Gallitzin, a Catholic missionary known as the "Apostle of the Alleghanies."
1861
In a Commemoration Day sermon, Dr. William Selwyn, Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity, and a former Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge, reminds his hearers that the college is celebrating "its seventh jubilee," and pleads earnestly for the erection of a larger chapel. His plea will be successful.
1955
Responding to a letter received from a child, English pologist C. S. Lewis wrote: 'God knows quite well how hard we find t to love Him more than anyone or anything else, and He won't be Angry with us as long as we are trying. And He will help us.'
1962
Pope John XXIII canonizes Martin de Porres (1579-1639), a mixed-race associate of the Dominican Order, remembered for his humility and for his charity in nursing the sick.

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