Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, March 19

1222
On order of a superior, Anthony of Padua (Fernando de Bouillon), preaches his first, powerful sermon, the fruit of much reflection.
1563
The Edict of Amboise grants a narrow permission for the exercise of the Protestant religion in France.
1587
William Allen, exiled head of England's Roman Catholics, exhorts King Philip II of Spain by letter to undertake an invasion of England and declares that the Catholics there are clamoring for him to punish Queen Elizabeth, "hated by God and man."
1612
Sophia Olelkovich Raziwell died, the last descendent of the Olelkovich-Slutsk dynasty. Passionate for Orthodoxy, she had refused to convert to Catholicism and had obtained a law allowing landowners of the region (modern-day Belarus) to remain Orthodox. Because of her efforts, the region around Slutsk will become a bastion of Orthodoxy, and in 1983 she will be canonized by the Orthodox Church.
1799
In Vienna, the first public performance of Franz Joseph Haydn's oratorio Creation takes place. Tickets have been sold out long in advance. A public rehearsal and a private performance for the elite had taken place almost a year earlier, also in Vienna.
1875
American poet William Cullen Bryant writes his Christmas hymn "Look from Thy Sphere of Endless Day" for the fiftieth anniversary of the Church of the Messiah in Boston.
1879
Death in Racine, Wisconsin, of James De Koven, an Episcopal priest and a leader of Anglican ritualism.
1944
German Lutheran pastor and Nazi martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote in a letter: 'We can have abundant life, even though many wishes remain unfulfilled.'
1972
Lithunians establish The Chronicle, an underground newspaper, to expose Soviet cruelty toward Catholic Christians.
1987
Following disclosures of a 1980 sexual liaison with church secretary Jessica Hahn, Jim Bakker steps down as head of the PTL ministry. He will later go to prison on charges of financial fraud.

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