Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, August 22

394
Relics are installed at the Basilica of St. Thomas the Apostle in Edessa. These will be significant in establishing an upper limit on the date of Egeria's famed pilgrimage to the Mideast.
565
Celtic missionary and abbot Columba confronts a monster at Loch Ness, becoming the first recorded observer of the creature. "At the voice of the saint, the monster was terrified," writes his biographer, "and fled more quickly than if it had been pulled back with ropes."
1555
Jeanne D'Albret, Queen of Navarre, calls for a conference of her beleaguered Huguenot ministers.
1576
After a four month march over the Alps and across Europe, the Duke of Alva and his forces arrive in Brussels to put down Dutch and Belgian revolt against the repressive Spanish government.
1773
Death at Hayley, England, of Baron George Lyttelton, author of the witty Dialogues of the Dead, and also of Observations on the Conversion and Apostleship of St. Paul. He considered Paul's conversion sufficient in itself to demonstrate that Christianity was a divine revelation.
1800
Birth of Edward B. Pusey, English biblical scholar and Tractarian spokesman. A devoted church leader all his life, Pusey worked to establish religious orders in Anglicanism, founding in 1845 the first Anglican sisterhood.
1822
Death of Indian convert and hymnwriter Krishna Pal.
1831
Birth of William H. Cummings, English musicologist. In 1855 he adapted a theme from Mendelssohn's "Festgesang," which afterward became the melody of the Christmas carol, "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing."
1885
Death of William P. Mackay, Scottish Presbyterian clergyman and author of the hymn "We Praise Thee, O God, for the Son of Thy Love." After practicing medicine for a number of years, Mackay had abandoned his career and become ordained a pastor of the Prospect Street Presbyterian Church in Hull in 1868.
1968
Pope Paul VI becomes the first reigning pope to visit Latin America.

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