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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Saturday, September 14

407
Death of John Chrysostom, considered the greatest preacher of his era. He was being forced to march into remote exile despite severe illness.
1224
Francis of Assisi has a vision of a Seraph. Filled with joy, he discovers wounds have appeared on his hands, feet, and side (the stigmata).
1741
Consuming many cups of coffee, George Frederick Handel completes the oratorio The Messiah, begun only twenty-four days earlier. The manuscript is remarkably free of errors considering its length, the speed with which it is composed, and his own infirmity - he has already suffered a stroke.
1814
Francis Scott Key, an Episcopalian layman and cofounder of the American Sunday School Union, is inspired to write the song that becomes America's national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner," when he sees that Fort McHenry has not struck its colors after a night of heavy bombardment by British ships during the war of 1812.
1852
Death in Ramsgate, Kent, of Augustin W. N. Pugin, influential in the nineteenth-century Gothic revival of ecclesiastical architecture. Among his designs was the beautiful St Augustine's Abbey Church in Ramsgate.
1863
Death of hymnwriter Jane Fox Crewdson at Summerlands, England. Among her hymns (most of which were written during a long illness) was "I've Found a Joy in Sorrow."
1918
The Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Wisconsin, Ohio and Other States was formed from the merger of several smaller synods. In 1930 this denomination merged with two other synods to form the American Lutheran Church (ALC).
1927
Bob Jones University opened in Greenville, South Carolina, and eighty-eight students registered for the first fall term.
1983
Shi Lishi and Shi Wuting are executed in Henan Province on the pretext of having committed murder. Well-known as house church leaders, the Shi family had expected reprisals after they prayed over and cared for a terminally ill woman.
1996
Funeral of Mrs. Joannah Mobola Ayorinde, at First Baptist Church, Broad Street, Lagos, Nigeria. She had been a holy and fearless Baptist leader of the Women's Missionary Union.

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