Today in Christian History
Bruno is enthroned as pope, taking the name Leo IX. Among his first acts will be countering threats from antipope Benedict IX. He will endeavor to improve the papal finances which are in woeful condition and correct the abuses of simony and sexual misconduct that are rife among churchmen.
During the night of this, the eve of St. Ermenilda's day, the central tower of Ely Cathedral collapses.
The first Auto da Fe (ie: Act of Faith, a public confession and implementation of sentences) is conducted by the Spanish Inquisition and takes place in Seville. Twelve men and women are burned alive, charged with relapsing into the practice of Judaism.
An Orthodox synod meeting in the Church of Theotokos Paramythia in Constantinople endorses the decision of Ecumenical Patriarch Jeremias II to raise the Metropolitan of Moscow to Patriarchal rank. The Russian patriarch thus becomes the fifth ranking patriarch, after that of Jerusalem.
Death in Berlin of heretical German theologian and philosopher Friedrich Schleiermacher. He defined religion as “feeling and intuition of the universe” and “a sense of the Infinite in the finite.”
Katharine Drexel of Pennsylvania, having given up a large inheritance, founds the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament to serve African American and Native American people who are oppressed by discrimination and dire poverty. She uses her fortune to fund the society's work and will found Xavier University in New Orleans.
Death of Iosif Trifa, an Orthodox priest in Romania, who had founded the successful revival movement The Lord's Army. The Orthodox Church will refuse him burial with priestly honors, a position it will later acknowledge as wrong.
The Pentecostal awakening known as the "Latter Rain Movement" traces its origin to this date, when students at the Sharon Orphanage and Schools in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada began experiencing a mass spiritual awakening.
Swiss Reformed theologian Karl Barth predicted in a letter: 'The day will come when we shall no longer speak of Roman Catholic and Protestant Christians but simply of Evangelical Christians forming one body and one people.'
Araromi Baptist Church (in Nigeria) holds a retirement service for Stephen Abioye Adeoye, who had renounced the kingship of his region in order to preach the gospel.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"