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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, June 12

1509
Publication of John Fisher's The Seven Penitential Psalms.
1595
Ruthenian bishops of Lithuania formally read a letter drafted by an Orthodox synod held in Brest, submitting to Pope Clement VIII. They are then accepted into the Roman Catholic Church as "Uniates." Among concessions granted by the pope, they are allowed to retain priestly marriage, to recite the creed without the "filoque" clause added by Rome, and to observe the Julian calendar rather than the Gregorian. The Uniates joined Rome rather than come under the rule of the newly-created Russian Patriarchate.
1720
Birth of Isaac Pinto, translator of the first Jewish prayerbook published in America.
1775
Less than two months after a skirmish at Concord, Massachusetts between American militia and British soldiers, the Continental Congress issues a call for all citizens to fast and pray and confess their sins that the Lord God might bless the land.
1844
Dr. D. B. McCartee, the first American Presbyterian missionary to settle in Central China, gets his first sight of the city of Ningpo where he will live and work for many years. His presence is the result of prayerful faith, the Board of Foreign Missions having prepared for the day when changes in international agreements would allow them to enter this region of China with the Gospel.
1845
Death in Hartburn, Northumberland, England, of clergyman John Hodgson, author of a well-planned history of Northumberland, and, perhaps more importantly, a successful advocate for improved safety in the mining industry.
1898
Death in Richmond, Indiana, of Sanford F. Bennett, American hymnwriter, author of the hymn "In the Sweet By and By" ("There's a Land That Is Fairer Than Day").
1902
Death at the White Earth Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota of John Johnson Enmegahbowh, the first recognized Native American priest in the Episcopal Church. He had worked tirelessly among the Ojibway people, especially in Minnesota.
1914
The first edition of A.T. Robertson's monumental 'Grammar of the Greek New Testament' was released. Its 1400+ pages make it the largest systematic analysis of the original New Testament language ever published.
1950
American missionary martyr Jim Elliot wrote in his journal: 'Earthly blessing is no sign of heavenly favor. Behold how many wicked prosper.'

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