September 28: Today in Christian History

September 28: Today in Christian History

September 28, 1780

Death of St. Lioba (or Leoba), who had overseen the nuns of St. Boniface’s mission to Northern Europe.

September 28, 1929

King Wenceslas, ruler and patron saint of Czechoslovakia dies. During his brief reign as king before his brother murdered him, Wenceslas sought peace with surrounding nations, reformed the judicial system, and showed particular concern for his country's poor.

September 28, 1935

Murder of King Wenceslas by his brother. A Christian, Wenceslas sought peace with surrounding nations, reformed the judicial system, and showed particular concern for his country’s poor. However his coercive Christianity alienated many of his subjects.

September 28, 1563

Pope Pius IV commands Jeanne D’Albret, the Huguenot Queen of Navarre, to appear for examination for heresy on pain of losing her lands. Since these are French territories, the French government, although Catholic, defends the Protestant queen, not wishing to establish a precedent by which a pope could alienate French territory.

September 28, 1742

Death of Jean Baptiste Massillon, an eloquent French preacher who became bishop of Clermont where he devoted himself to improving discipline, morals, and education. In a famous sermon he asked: "If Jesus should appear in this temple . . . to be our judge, to make the terrible separation between the sheep and the goats, do you believe that the greater number of us would be set on his right hand? . . . do you believe there would be found here only ten righteous, which the Lord was not able to find formerly in five entire cities?"

September 28, 1808

Andover Theological Seminary, Massachusetts, a Congregational school, opens.

September 28, 1832

Cholera Almost Cut off the Gospel of Charles Finney 

September 28, 1833

Death of Lemuel Haynes, the first African-American bishop to shepherd a Caucasian flock (Congregationalists in Vermont) and the first African-American awarded an advanced degree. He argued strongly against slavery.

September 28, 1839

Frances E. Willard, president of the Women's Christian Temperance Union from 1879 to her death in 1898, is born in New York. She was influential in the passage of both the 18th and 19th Amendments (prohibition and women's suffrage).

September 28, 1860

During a prayer meeting in Jamaica, a little boy pours out his soul to God and trembling seizes the entire congregation, who weep and cry over their sins. When a little girl lifts her voice in prayer, the Holy Spirit rushes in with a sound like wind and strong men shake uncontrollably.

September 28, 1870

James Gilmour, Scottish missionary, completed his first Mongolian trip (from Peking to Kiachta). For much of the next 21 years, he would spend his summers with nomadic Mongols on the plains of Mongolia and his winters with Mongols in Peking.

September 28, 1892

An old Hussite Church in Laun, Bohemia, for centuries under Catholic control, is restored for Protestant worship. 

September 28, 1922

Death of William Seymour, founder of the Azusa Street Mission.

William Joseph Seymour (May 2, 1870 – September 28, 1922) was an African-American holiness preacher who initiated the Azusa Street Revival, an influential event in the rise of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements. He was the second of eight children born to emancipated slaves and raised Catholic in extreme poverty in Louisiana.

September 28, 1990

The Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church acknowledges the revivalist Lord’s Army as a living and faithful limb of the Orthodox Church, and approves the movement’s functioning statutes. In the same session the prestige, memory, and rights of Iosif Trifa, deceased founder of the movement, are reinstated and rehabilitated.

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