December 2: Today in Christian History

December 2: Today in Christian History

December 2, 1381

Death of Jan Van Ruysbroek, “the Ecstatic Doctor,” so called because of his mysticism. He had written The Spiritual Espousals (1350), a commentary on Matthew 25:6: “Behold, the bridegroom comes,” which will influence contemporaries such as John Tauler and Gerard Groote, and later writers such as Thomas à Kempis.

December 2, 1697

Dedication of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, designed by Christopher Wren. It replaces a medieval cathedral that had burned in the Great Fire of 1666. The Right Reverend Henry Compton, Bishop of London, preaches the dedication sermon based on Psalm 122: “I was glad when they said unto me: Let us go into the house of the Lord.”

December 2, 1751

A Consistory of the Dutch Reformed Church writes with frustration from Colombo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), complaining that Roman Catholicism has greatly increased, despite severe penalties meted out by Dutch governors. 

December 2, 1873

After years of struggle, Frances Havergal, Christian singer, sees the importance of complete Christian surrender “as a flash of electric light,” and makes it.

December 2, 1906

The first of Paulo Mwamribwa’s pupils are baptized in Digoland, Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika). He had founded the first indigenous Protestant mission school in the Gombero area.

December 2, 1910

Death in Richmond, Virginia, of Bishop Channing Moore Williams, who had served as an Episcopal missionary in the Far East, founding a divinity school in Japan.

December 2, 1916

The Suwa Maru docks at Kobe carrying missionary Irene “Sensei” Webster-Smith, who will later rescue Geisha children and convert Japanese war criminals.

December 2, 1947

Death of Father Alexis Kabaliuk, Apostle of Carpatho-Russia, who had played a major role in reviving the Orthodox Church in Transcarpathia (a region on the western edge of the Ukraine) in the early twentieth century despite persecution by Austrian-Hungarian authorities.

December 2, 1948

Romania’s Official Gazette #281 publishes a decree transferring Uniate church property to the Romanian State without compensation.

December 2, 1994

Death of Sir James Norman Dalrymple Anderson, a legal scholar and missionary to Islamic regions.

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