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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, May 6

1432
Dedication of the altarpiece for St. John's Church in Ghent, Belgium, the work of aging Flemish artist Jan van Eyck.
1536
King Henry VIII of England orders that an English-language Bible be placed in every church in the nation.
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.
1835
Birth of John T. Grape, American Methodist layman. He composed a number of hymn tunes during his life, including ALL TO HRIST, to which we sing today, "Jesus Paid It All."
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.
1928
A bandit army attacks Qinzhou City and one of the soldiers splits open the skull of thirty-three-year-old Wu Baoying, a Christian doctor who, after years of service with the China Inland Mission, founded the local hospital. His last words, when discovered the next morning in a pool of blood, are "The Lord is with us."
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.
1986
The Rev. Donald E. Pelotte, 41, was ordained in Gallup, New Mexico -- the first American Indian to be made a Roman Catholic ishop in the U.S.

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