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Today in Christian History
Repose (death) of Ignatius of Methymna, a Metropolitan of the Greek Church, and founder of the monasteries of Panagia Myrtidiotissa and Leimonos.
Death of Thomas H. Kingo, Danish hymnwriter.
John and Charles Wesley sail for Georgia on the Simmonds. According to John's journal, their purpose is to save their souls and to live wholly to the glory of God. However, he soon discovers he is spiritually powerless.
Birth of William G. Fischer, American sacred chorister. Three of his compositions later became hymn tunes: FISCHER ("Whiter Than Snow"), HANKEY ("I Love to Tell the Story") and ROCK OF REFUGE ("The Rock That is Higher Than I").
Birth of Harry A. Ironside, American clergyman. Converted at 14, he preached for the Salvation Army, later for the Plymouth Brethren. From 1930-1948, he pastored at the Moody Memorial Church in Chicago.
Slaughter of French Catholic missionary Henri Chanes and eleven Chinese Christians at Boluo in Guangdong Province. The massacre comes at a time of growing anti-foreigner sentiment in China, owing to Western seizures of Chinese ports and one-sided treaties forced on the hapless nation.
Razafindrasoa of Madagascar takes her vows as a nun. Her Protestant family had opposed the move, even with beatings, until the last moment. Sister Marie-Joseph (the name she takes) will work with children and as a family counselor.
Ambrosius is elected Patriarch of All Georgia. As leader of his nation's Orthodox Church, he was noted for his resistance to Soviet tyranny. At the conclusion of his 1924 show trial, his words were "My soul belongs to God, my heart to my country; you, my executioners, do what you will with my body." He was also historian of the Georgian Church.
Death of Edward Thomas Demby, who had been the second African-American bishop of the Episcopal Church, a suffragen (assistant) bishop.
The National Council of Churches issued "The Inclusive Language Lectionary -- " Scripture readings translated to omit or blur gender references. God was thus called "Father and Mother" or "the One"; and "man" was replaced by "humanity" or "humankind." The translation proved shortlived.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"