September 26: Today in Christian History

September 26: Today in Christian History

September 26, 1460

Pope Pius II assembles European leaders, then delivers a three-hour sermon to inspire them to launch a new crusade against the Turks. The speech works, but then another speaker, Cardinal Bessarion, adds a three-hour sermon of his own. After six hours of preaching, the European princes lose all interest in the cause; they never mount the called-for crusade.

September 26, 1492

Repose (death) of Abbot Ephraim who had founded the monastery known as Perekop and a church in honor of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker near Novgorod.

September 26, 1568

Leonor de Cisneros walks to the stake in Valladolid, Spain, having overcome tortures and threats aimed at forcing her to deny her “Lutheran” (Reformation) beliefs.

September 26, 1626

Death of Lancelot Andrewes. He influenced the development of Anglican theology and authored the prayer classic Private Devotions. He helped prepare the King James translation.

September 26, 1861

A fast day is observed in the northern United States by order of President Abraham Lincoln.

September 26, 1862

Ecuador, newly liberated from Spanish rule, enters into a concordat with the Roman Catholic Church which guarantees that Roman Catholicism will be the only religion of the Republic of Ecuador.

September 26, 1863

Death of Frederick William Faber, English clergyman and hymwriter, who had come under the influence of the Oxford Movement, resigned from the Church of England and entered the Roman Catholic Church. He founded a religious community in Birmingham and wrote one hundred and fifty hymns, including “Faith of Our Fathers” and “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy.”

September 26, 1897

The idea for the Christian flag emerges when a speaker fails to show up for a rally at Brighton Chapel on Coney Island. Sunday school superintendent Charles C. Overton thinks quickly and turns an American flag into an object lesson. A Christian flag, he says, should have white for purity, innocence and peace. Its blue panel would symbolize faith, trust and sincerity. It would have a red cross, to remind us of our Savior’s sacrifice.

September 26, 1899

Faber Studied Chinese Culture So He Could Share Christianity 

September 26, 1909

United States President, William Howard Taft visits Salt Lake City and speaks in the Tabernacle.

September 26, 1933

Yesaya Zerenji Mwasi secedes from Livingstonia mission in Malawi after publicly reading his personal statement, “My Essential and Paramount Reasons for Working Independently.” He will form an independent church in Tongaland. His principles for indigenous work will be adopted by other Malawi Christian groups.

September 26, 1942

Death of Wilson Carlile, founder of the Church Army, with the goal of reaching the working classes. He had preached out of doors as well as serving as organist in one of Moody’s evangelist tours of Gt. Britain.

September 26, 2002 

Jubilation replaces fear within the walls of a U.S.-led MK (missionary kid) school in battle-divided Ivory Coast, as French troops arrived to evacuate the mostly American staff and students. For days, nearly 200 residents of the school -- including 160 children ranging in age from 5 to 18 -- had been holed up as gunfire sounded outside their walls.

September 26, 2010

Officers of China’s Public Security Bureau raid a house church led by Liao Zhongxiu in Sichuan Province, destroying property, seizing Christian books, and detaining Christians. Liao herself is jailed the following year.

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