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Today in Christian History
Death of Simeon Stylites, who lived atop a sixty-foot pillar for thirty-six years.
The Third Crusade ends when Richard Lionheart and Saladin sign an agreement which allows Christians access to the holy city.
The first Anglican worship service held in Canada is led by Rev. Robert Wolfall at Frobisher Bay on Baffin Island around this date. The service is commemorated on the third of September.
John Brebeuf, Jesuit missionary, baptizes the first Iroquois to become a Christian. The man, a Seneca chief, will later be tortured to death by rival Indians.
Death of Brindabun, an Asian Indian gospel preacher, known for his recitation of Scriptures and powerful prayers.
Death of John Ireland, Dean of Westminster. As a public figure he carried the crown at the coronations of English kings George IV and William IV. He published apologetic works and a defence for the remarriage of divorced people. Well-to-do, he expended large sums on charity.
While a missionary in the Philippines, American linguistic pioneer Frank Laubach wrote in a letter: 'God is always awaiting the chance to give us high days. We so seldom are in deep earnest about giving him his chance.'
English apologist C.S. Lewis wrote in a letter: 'God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain.'
Death of J. R. R. Tolkien, a linguist, novelist, and devout Catholic. He had helped lead C. S. Lewis to Christ and was a member of the literary club The Inklings. Among his writings were the fantasy favorites The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
Xie Songsan offers the welcome and benediction for the re-opening ceremony at Moore Memorial Church, Shanghai. It had been closed earlier by Chinese communists who interrogated, beat, and imprisoned Xie. The service is presided over by Sun Yanli, another pastor who had suffered brutal treatment from the Communists.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"