Category Archives: This Week in Church History

Highlights of events in the church that happened this week in history

Observations, Celebration

Holy Week has begun …a time for remembering the darkest and the brightest days on the Christian calendar. I thought I would share this poem as a means of remembrance… . . . . Et Resurrexit Tertia Die (Bach, Credo, … Continue reading

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Commemorating William Booth

Born on April 10, 1829, William Booth along with his wife Catherine, founded the Salvation Army. Booth was born in Nottingham, England and spent his early years apprenticed to a pawnbroker, giving him the opportunity to see poverty firsthand. He … Continue reading

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Celebrating the First American Saint Patrick’s Day

According to an article at the Christianity.com website, the first American celebration of St. Patrick’s Day was held in 1737 and was sponsored by the Charitable Irish Society of Boston. As you know, there have been a great many celebrations … Continue reading

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Remembering C.S. Lewis

While much of the U.S. is commemorating the death of John F. Kennedy, which happened 50 years ago today, the same date is also the death of noted Christian writer C.S. Lewis. Born November 29, 1898, Clive Staples Lewis wrote … Continue reading

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A Heart Strangely Warmed

John Wesley had been struggling with despair. He worried that he should leave the ministry. The faith he did have seemed weak and of little comfort. When he confided this to his friend Peter Böhler, a leader in the Moravian … Continue reading

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Celebrating Easter

He is Risen! He is Risen indeed! This is the traditional Easter greeting heard throughout the world this day by Christians from many different traditions. If you would like to see the variety of Paschal greetings, the Orthodox Church in … Continue reading

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Good Friday meditations

Two meditations for Good Friday remembrance: “The essence of sin is man substituting himself for God, while the essence of salvation is God substituting himself for man. Man asserts himself against God and puts himself where only God deserves to … Continue reading

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A Celebration of St. Joseph

Growing up in a large church that was comprised mostly of Irish and Italian families, we had two big feast days we celebrated each year in Lent which are adjacent to each other. I have already written about St. Patrick, … Continue reading

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Why the Ashes?

As Christian traditions vary, you may be curious as to the meaning behind the marked foreheads you’ll likely see today. Today is Ash Wednesday and it is given this name to reflect upon the importance of public penitance. Christians usually … Continue reading

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Reformation Day

Despite another better known celebration that occurs today, October 31 is also celebrated as Reformation Day – being a commemoration of the date of October 31, 1517 that Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle … Continue reading

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