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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, February 12

1220
Jordan of Saxony, who becomes an early leader of the Dominicans, is accepted into that order.
1481
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.
1554
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.
1593
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.
1797
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."
1807
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?'
1834
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."
1938
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.
1962
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.'
1983
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.

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