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Today in Christian History
Jordan of Saxony, who becomes an early leader of the Dominicans, is accepted into that order.
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.
Execution in London of Protestant claimant to the English throne Lady Jane Grey, whose family had used her as a pawn in efforts to overthrow Mary Tudor.
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.
The Emperor's Hymn (Austrian National Anthem) with music by Franz Joseph Haydn is first sung, on this, the birthday of Francis II, who has been Holy Roman Emperor for about five years. In future, the tune will often be used for the hymn "Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken."
Anglican missionary to Persia Henry Martyn wrote in his journal: 'Amazing patience, He bears with this faithless foolish heart and suffers me to come, laden with sins, to receive new pardon, new grace, every day! Why does not such love make me hate sin that grieves Him and hides me from His sight?'
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."
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.
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"