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Fifth Sunday in Lent (Passion Sunday) (1871)

And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself—John 12:32 (NASB). O Lamp of Life! that on th...

Events

452

Roman Emperor Marcian issues an edict against the Eutychians, whose teachings are seen to undermine Christ’s humanity and ability to stand in our place.

Authority for the date: Wace, Henry. A Dictionary of Christian Biography and Literature...

536

Pope Agapetus issues a synodical letter in which he announces he has deposed Anthimus, the monophysite patriarch of Constantinople. Emperor Justinian I appoints Menas patriarch of Constantinople in his place. Menas will be actively engaged in the issues of his day as an opponent of monophysitism and of Origen’s teachings, but will be largely subservient to the Roman popes.

Authority for the date: Betz, Hans Dieter, et al. Religion Past and Present.

846

Eighteen years after the death in exile of Patriarch  Nicephorus, who had defended the use of icons, Empress Theodora has his body brought back to Constantinople with great pomp.

Authority for the date: http://orthodoxwiki.org/Nicephorus_I_of_Constantinople.

857

Ruderic and Salomon are executed in Cordoba on the charge of apostatizing from Islam.

Authority for the date: Haines, Charles Reginald. Christianity and Islam in Spain.

1569

At the Battle of Jarnac, Marshal Gaspard de Tavannes defeats the Huguenots, whose leader, the prince de Condé, is killed in the aftermath.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

1785

At the Burg-theatre, Vienna, Mozart’s cantata Davidde Penitente receives its first performance. This is called a “half-mass” because its ten movements include a Kyrie and Gloria. The work had been commissioned by the committee of the society for the relief of the widows and orphans of musicians.

Authority for the date: Upton, George P. The Standard Cantatas. Chicago: A. C. McClurg and Co., 1888.

1895

Death of Robert William Dale who worked vigorously to improve health, housing, sanitation and living conditions in Birmingham, England. The clergyman had been an advocate of free public education, social improvement, the extension of the voting franchise, the recognition of trades unions, and understanding the links between poverty and crime.

Authority for the date: Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.

1904

Located on the Argentina-Chile border as a memorial to peace, the bronze Christ of the Andes statue is dedicated.

Authority for the date: Maus, Cynthia Pearl. Christ and the Fine Arts. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1938.

1925

The State of Tennessee passes House Bill No. 185, the “Butler Bill” prohibiting any teaching that contradicts the Genesis creation account. It will be signed by the governor on March 25th and will lead to the Scopes Monkey Trial the following July.

Authority for the date: Public Acts of the State of Tennesse.

2002

Death of Yusuf Jatau, a popular radio preacher in the Hausa language and for fifty years a mission leader of the Nigerian Baptist Convention. He had extended Baptist work in the northern regions of the country, many times escaping death at the hands of enemies only through the grace of God.

Authority for the date: Dictionary of African Christian Biography.

2013

Conclave elects Argentine-born Jorge Mario Bergoglio to be pope of the Roman Catholic Church, the first pope from the Americas. He takes the name Francis.

Authority for the date: Wikipedia.

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