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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, May 23

1381
Metropolitan Cyprian of Moscow is received with rejoicing after long being denied the position because he is a Serbian. He will be declared a saint by the Russian church.
1498
Italian reformer Girolamo Savonarola, who had preached aggressively against the corruption of northern Italy's church and society, is hanged for heresy in Florence; then his body is burned.
1551
Philip Neri, who has already been doing spiritual work for many years in Rome, is ordained. He will found the Oratian order and develop the musical form known as the oratorio.
1568
Battle at Heiligerlee. Dutch Protestant rebels beat the forces of Catholic Spain in Friesland.
1633
By French edict, only Catholic settlers were permitted permanent residence within the country known as New France (called "Canada" today), thus ending 30 years of attempted colonization by Huguenots (Protestants).
1887
Death in Christiana, Norway, of Ludvig Mathias Lindeman. He had contributed greatly to the cause of good church music among the Scandinavians, so that it was said he had taught the Norwegian people to sing.
1889
Birth of Mary Susanne Edgar, a Canadian YWCA leader who wrote a number of hymns during her years of leading a Christian camping ministry with girls. Her best-remembered hymn: "God, Who Touchest Earth with Beauty."
1918
Death of Ludwig Nommensen, Lutheran missionary to Sumatra, Indonesia, where he won many converts.
1926
Birth of Wilbur Nelson, Christian broadcast personality and for many years the host of "The Morning Chapel Hour," a radio ministry originating in Paramount, California.
2009
The Nepal Defense Army, advocating for a Hindu state in Nepal, bombs the Catholic Church of the Assumption in Kathmandu. Six days later the organization will release a statement demanding that all one million Christians in Nepal leave the country, under threat of having each of their homes bombed.

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