Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, November 24

Emperor Theodosius deposes the Arian bishop, Demophilus, with all his clergy from the cathedral in Constantinople, transferring the cathedral church to Gregory of Nazianzus with the words: “This temple God by our hand entrusts to thee as a reward for thy pains.”
Catholics in Locarno, Switzerland order that all Protestants who will not embrace Catholicism must go into exile.
Death in Edinburgh of John Knox, the most notable of the reformers of Scotland.
Amidst singing and the music of an organ, viols, hautboys, trombones, trumpets, and kettledrums, Justus Falckner is ordained at Old Swede's Church in Philadelphia - the first Lutheran pastor ordained in America.
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Pope Pius IX flees from Rome in face of the approach of revolutionaries led by Giuseppe Mazzini and Giuseppe Garibaldi. Mildly liberal in outlook before the seizure of Rome, Pius IX thereafter becomes a reactionary.
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Death in London of George Croly, a clergyman of the Church of England. He had been a hymnologist, publishing Psalms and Hymns for Public Worship. He also wrote the hymn, "Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart."
American Trappist monk Thomas Merton wrote in his "Secular Journal": 'Spiritual dryness is an acute experience of longing therefore of love.'
Congo rebels seize American missionary Bill McChesney. He is suffering so seriously with malaria he needs help and his friend Jim Rodgers, a British missionary, leaps into the truck with him. Despite McChesney's illness, the rebels beat him mercilessly the whole way to the prison where they will incarcerate him. Both men are beaten and trampled to death the following morning.

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