April 5: Today in Christian History

April 5: Today in Christian History

April 5, 582

Death of Eutychius, patriarch of Constantinople, who had maintained that after the resurrection the body will be more subtle than air and no longer palpable, a position that the future Pope Gregory the Great vehemently opposed.

April 5, 1242

Alexander Nevsky of Novgorod defeats the Teutonic Knights on frozen lake Peipus.

April 5, 1614

Indian Princess Pocahontas, a convert to Christianity, marries English colonist John Rolfe.

April 5, 1735

Death at Upminster of William Derham, a Church of England clergyman and scientist, who had measured the speed of sound with more accuracy than had been achieved before.

April 5, 1803

The first complete performance of Beethoven’s oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives takes place in Vienna.

April 5, 1811

Death in Gloucester of Robert Raikes, an English philanthropist generally regarded as the founder of the modern Sunday school movement.

April 5, 1834

Matthew Simpson rides away from the medical profession in Ohio to become a Methodist itinerant preacher. At the time he still struggles even to speak with people. However he will become a notable educator and bishop.

April 5, 1835

Rama Varma, son of a Rajah, is baptized in India despite strong Hindu opposition. After several years of evangelistic and apologetic work, he will die at the age of 42.

April 5, 1922

Death in Bombay of Indian intellectual, evangelist, and philanthropist Pandita Ramabai.

April 5, 1940

Death in Calcutta, India, of Charles Freer Andrews, an Anglican priest and missionary to India, where he had assisted the poor and pursued social justice. He had been a close friend of Mahatma Gandhi.

April 5, 1956

East German authorities dynamite ruins of the Ulrich church in Magdeburg, despite Christian protests. Religious leaders’ plans to rebuild the historic sanctuary are ignored. It dates back to 1023 but has been damaged in the war.



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