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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, September 12

1624
Death of Bassian of Tiksnensk, an ascetic hermit of the Russian Orthodox Church who sought to mortify his flesh by wearing heavy chains, refusing all visitors except his spiritual guide, and half-starving himself. He will come to be regarded as a saint.
1654
Oliver Cromwell has the doors of the House of Parliament locked and surrounded by soldiers, and directs its members to meet him in the Painted Chamber where he speaks to them in serious tones about the perils with which their policy menaces the State, and requires them to sign an engagement "to be true and faithful to the Lord Protector and the Commonwealth." Those who refuse (nearly one hundred, some for religious reasons) are excluded from the House.
1743
The first service is held in the unfinished Augustus Lutheran Church of Trappe, Pennsylvania, an event which will later be seen as a historic moment in Lutheran history in America.
1782
By resolution, the U.S. Congress officially endorses Robert Aitken's publication of an English-language Bible, the first in America.
1851
Birth of Francis E. Clark, American Congregationalist clergyman. In 1881, at age 29, Clark organized the world's first church "youth fellowship" in Portland, Maine. Clark's original name for this Christian group concept was "The Young People's Society of Christian Endeavor."
1908
The Bible-distributing mission agency known as the Pocket Testament League was incorporated in Birmingham, England. (The U.S. branch of this outreach is headquartered in Lititz, PA.)
1922
The House of Bishops of the U.S. Protestant Episcopal Church voted 36-27 to delete the word "obey" from the vows of their denomination's official marriage service.
1937
Dedication of the Peace Lutheran Church in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
1945
Poland's Communist government abrogates its concordat with the Roman Catholic church.
1972
Death of Rose M. Horton, who had worked as a missionary and Bible translator in Kenya for Africa Inland Mission and was largely responsible for getting the entire Bible translated into the Kambla language. She had been nicknamed "Happy" by the Africans.

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