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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, May 6

1237
The bones of St. Sava of Serbia are removed from the Cathedral of the Holy Forty Martyrs in Trnovo to the monastery Mileseva in southern Serbia, where they will remain for three hundred and sixty years until the Ottoman Turks dig them up and burn them.
1432
Dedication of the altarpiece for St. John's Church in Ghent, Belgium, the work of aging Flemish artist Jan van Eyck.
1527
Forty thousand mercenaries from the army of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, hired by Cardinal Pompeo Colonna, sack the city of Rome, killing, torturing, looting, and raping. They burn two thirds of the city. Pope Clement VII is forced to flee to the castle of St. Angelo disguised as a gardener.
1531
Twenty-year-old Pierre Viret, beginning a reformation work in his home town of Orbe, Switzerland, preaches his first sermon. He will later extend his preaching to France, where he will be a major player in the creation of the Huguenot movement.
1536
King Henry VIII of England orders that an English-language Bible be placed in every church in the nation.
1746
Death in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, of William Tennent. Born in Ireland, he had migrated to America where he operated a seminary in a log cabin, infusing his pupils with such evangelistic zeal that they became the leaders of the Great Awakening. They would found many influential frontier schools in their turn.
1840
Death in Loretto, Pennsylvania, of Dmitri Gallitzin, a Catholic missionary known as the "Apostle of the Alleghanies."
1861
In a Commemoration Day sermon, Dr. William Selwyn, Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity, and a former Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge, reminds his hearers that the college is celebrating "its seventh jubilee," and pleads earnestly for the erection of a larger chapel. His plea will be successful.
1928
A bandit army attacks Qinzhou City and one of the soldiers splits open the skull of thirty-three-year-old Wu Baoying, a Christian doctor who, after years of service with the China Inland Mission, founded the local hospital. His last words, when discovered the next morning in a pool of blood, are "The Lord is with us."
1986
The Rev. Donald E. Pelotte, 41, was ordained in Gallup, New Mexico -- the first American Indian to be made a Roman Catholic ishop in the U.S.

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