Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, May 13

Jamestown settlers attend their first prayer service in Virginia after their Anglican minister builds a makeshift church by "nailing a piece of timber between two trees," and stretching "a square of sailcloth over it."
Execution in the Hague of John Barneveld, Dutch statesman, at seventy one years of age. He had advocated free states and taken the Arminian side against the Calvinists.
An ordinance calling for the Westminster Assembly is introduced into the English House of Commons and will pass a month later.
A statute was enacted in Rhode Island, offering freemanship with no specifically Christian requirements, thus effectively enfranchising Jews.
Cotton Mather, who will be an influential pastor in New England, is ordained in Boston's North Church.
Death in Paris of Louis Bourdaloue, one of the most famous French preachers of his day, “king of preachers and preacher of kings” (he was called to preach frequently at court).
Evangelist David Marks asks his audience what they want him to preach on. Someone shouts "nothing" and so Marks preaches on "nothing" to an Ancaster, Ontario, crowd, showing them that they would be nothing and have nothing without Christ.
Death in London of Zachary Macaulay, who had been one of the evangelical social-action group known as the Clapham Sect, a slavery abolitionist, and governor of Sierra Leone (1794–1799).
Death in Rome of Cardinal Joseph Fesch, uncle of Napoleon Bonaparte, influential figure in French religious politics and a collector of masterworks of art.
Pope Pius IX issues an encyclical "On the Greek-Ruthenian rite," forbidding that any changes be made to Eastern Catholic liturgies, and in particular to the Ruthenian Rite.

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