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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, September 14

1224
Francis of Assisi has a vision of a Seraph. Filled with joy, he discovers wounds have appeared on his hands, feet, and side (the stigmata).
1321
Death of Dante Alighieri, author of the greatest epic of medieval Christianity, The Divine Comedy.
1741
Consuming many cups of coffee, George Frederick Handel completes the oratorio The Messiah, begun only twenty-four days earlier. The manuscript is remarkably free of errors considering its length, the speed with which it is composed, and his own infirmity - he has already suffered a stroke.
1852
Death in Ramsgate, Kent, of Augustin W. N. Pugin, influential in the nineteenth-century Gothic revival of ecclesiastical architecture. Among his designs was the beautiful St Augustine's Abbey Church in Ramsgate.
1918
The Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Wisconsin, Ohio and Other States was formed from the merger of several smaller synods. In 1930 this denomination merged with two other synods to form the American Lutheran Church (ALC).
1927
Bob Jones University opened in Greenville, South Carolina, and eighty-eight students registered for the first fall term.
1932
(or the 15th) Death of composer Charles H. Gabriel, who had published numerous Gospel songbooks and anthems. His popular hymns included "More Like the Master," "Send the Light," "O That Will Be Glory," and "I Stand Amazed in the Presence."
1975
Mother Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton is canonized by Pope Paul VI, becoming the first person born in the United States to be declared a saint of the Catholic Church.
1983
Shi Lishi and Shi Wuting are executed in Henan Province on the pretext of having committed murder. Well-known as house church leaders, the Shi family had expected reprisals after they prayed over and cared for a terminally ill woman.
1996
Funeral of Mrs. Joannah Mobola Ayorinde, at First Baptist Church, Broad Street, Lagos, Nigeria. She had been a holy and fearless Baptist leader of the Women's Missionary Union.

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