Sunday, December 22, 2013

Amahl and the Night Visitors debuted on television on December the 24th 1951- This Week in Christian History for the week of December 22th through the 28h 2013


 

Amahl and the Night Visitors is the first opera commissioned for television. Gian Carlo Menotti wrote the opera because in Italy, where he was born, there was no Santa Clause. Christmas presents were brought by the three wise men. The opera is inspired by the painting by Hieronymus Bosch’s The Adoration of the Magi.

Menotti had difficulty finishing the opera by the deadline and when he was completed the singers only had a few days to rehearse for their live performance.  Even though he wrote Ahmal and the night visitors for television, Menotti tried to make it so that it could be done on a stage as well. He specifically requested that any performances have a boy play Amahl, not a women dressed as a boy as some operas do.

An estimated five million people saw Amahl, the largest audience ever to see televised opera. The opera was televised each year from 1951-1966 and in 1978 by NBC and by the BBC in 1955 and 1959. The first three years it was presented in black and white, but then it was broadcast in color. In 1963 the opera was videotaped rather than being done live on air. Due to a dispute about the production, Menotti didn’t allow production of the opera again until 1978.

The story of Amahl and the Night Visitors starts with Amahl seeing the star outside of his home. The crippled boy has a problem with telling the truth and his mother doesn’t believe him when he tells her about it. The three kings show up and after some troubles the mother and son learn about Jesus. They have nothing to give, and Amahl decides to give Jesus his crutch, after which his legs are healed. Amahl leaves with the kings to see the baby Jesus.

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

A Christmas Carol was published on December the 17th 1843. This Week in Christian History for the week of December 15th through the 21h 2013.



Charles John Huffam Dickens was born on the seventh of February 1812. He had little education since he had to work in a factory after his father was thrown into a debtor’s prison, but read a great deal. His father was released from the prison after inheriting a sum of money from his grandmother. He still worked at the factory for a while after the inheritance. The terrible working conditions of the factory and his mother’s reluctance to immediately send him home influenced him throughout his life.

 Dickens obtained a position at a law office as a junior clerk and then a reporter. It was this experience along with his employment at the factory that gave him insight into the struggles of the poor in England. After the success of a few minor works, Chapman and Hall offered to publish a collaboration of engravings, provided by Robert Seymour, and Dickens’s text. This turned into the Pipwick Papers, which was the first national recognition of Dickens’s genius.

After a few successful novels Dickens thought his success was waning, and he needed money since his wife was pregnant. Because of a dispute with his former publisher, he self published A Christmas Carol, but due to several printing problems, he did not make as much money as he had hoped in the short term. The book would never go out of print, and there have been numerous adaptations of the work, being the most successful Christmas novel of all time.

Besides financial reasons, Dickens wanted to help the poor by educating the public about them. He spoke at a fundraiser while writing A Christmas Carol about helping the poor through education. Dickens uses a combination of past Christmas traditions in the book and new ones that had been recently introduced during his time. In this way he created a Christmas tale that was largely secular, although the message parallels the hope of the Gospel.

It has been speculated that Ebenezer Scrooge was based on Dickens’s father, who had left him in the factory by living beyond his means, and didn’t immediately send for him after receiving his inheritance. Scrooge was also a symbol of the rich who oppress the poor. By his redemption. Dickens’s father was redeemed, the poor were saved, the sinners were enlightened, and even the reader has hope.


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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Christmas Seals were sold for the first time in the United States on December the 8rd 1907. This Week in Christian History for the week of December 8th through the 14h 2013



Einar Holboll, a Danish postal clerk, thought of the idea of adding an extra charitable stamp during Christmas to help fight tuberculosis. 4 million stamps were sold in 1904 bearing the likeness of the Danish Queen and the word Christmas. After six years enough money was raised to build the Christmas Seal Sanatorium in Kolding. Eventually it was decided to put future money into convalescent homes for children.

On December 8th, 1907 Emily Bissell introduced am American Christmas Seal after learning about the Danish stamps. She designed the stamps herself and convinced local post offices to sell them for 1 cent. Although it took a while to catch on, she raised ten times what she had originally been seeking, $300 for the Brandywine Creek sanitarium.

Howard Pyle donated the design of the second stamp. The stamps became a national program administered by the National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis and the American Red Cross. Eventually the Red Cross would leave the coalition and all of the money raised went to fight TB.

After World War II Tuberculosis became curable after the discovery of streptomycin. Emily Bissell got to see a cure that she had worked for, as she supported the Christmas Seal program until she died in 1948. It took years after this until the disease was fully in control in America. The organization broadened its scope and is now known as the American Lung Association, although Tb is common in parts of the world and is making a comeback with antibiotic resistant strains appearing.

Over the world there are almost a hundred different organizations that issue Christmas Seals. The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease hold contests among these organizations for the best designs. While many different charity organization issue seals or stamps, only lung disease organizations can officially issue Christmas Seals.

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Thomas Becket returned to England after fleeing to France On December the 3rd 1170 This Week in Christian History for the week of December 1-7





Thomas Becket was born on the 21st of December 1118 or1120. He worked his way up as clerk under Archbishop of Canterbury Theobald (the head of the Church of England) to become Archdeacon of Canterbury. He became friends with Henry II and was appointed chancellor. They went on hunting parties together and Henry entrusted Thomas with teaching manners to his son, who stayed for a while in his household.    

As chancellor Thomas went along with Henry no matter what he proposed, including some taxes which were more heavily instituted towards the clergy. Thomas was also complacent when vacancies in the church were left open longer than necessary, and the king pocketed the salaries. Thomas became very rich and generously gave away fortunes to people he wanted political favors from, and also the poor.

When Henry asked Thomas to become the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas told him it wouldn’t be a good idea, but Henry didn’t listen. On becoming the head of the Church of England Thomas changed, and championed the Church’s rights. Henry introduced the Constitutions of the Clarendon and Thomas opposed this greatly. As the pressure grew and Thomas wouldn’t fold, he was accused of false charges.

Thomas fled England and became a monk in France. After six years Henry came to see him and he agreed to come back to England. Because he had stood up to the king, crowds met him and people saw him as a hero. Meanwhile he was not restored property that was his and he was not able to fulfill his duties without money to run the church. He received threats and was offered a few guards as he travelled home.

This was exaggerated to an army as word spread. When this reached Henry, he stated that he wanted to be rid of him. Four knights who overheard this took him to mean that they should kill Thomas. They attacked him in Canterbury’s Cathedral, killing him on the altar. All of Europe was shocked and the pope made the king parade to Thomas’ tomb while being whipped by monks.
 

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Franciscan Order was officially authorized On November the 29th 1223 - This Week in Christian History for the week of November the 24th through the 30th 2013

Francis of Assisi, who is recognized as a saint by the Catholic Church, was born in either 1181 or1182, the son of a wealthy cloth merchant. When he was young he dreamed of becoming a knight and winning battles, or perhaps of becoming a poet. During a foray as a squire he had a mysterious dream and left to go back home. This helped to distance him from his father, who had invested a lot in his equipment.

He would eventually leave his rich lifestyle and try and help those in need and restore old churches that were in disrepair. He was inspired by the scriptures that speak of Jesus sending out the disciples without any money to preach the Gospel. He began to get followers, although he was only trying to be a better Christian.

Eventually the new order of monks became officially recognized through publication of Regula Bullata by Pope Honorius III. This formally authorized the Regula Prima, as the rule for the organization and administration of the Franciscan order.

Francis didn’t believe in property as all of our possessions are ultimately God’s. While other order’s practiced individual poverty, the Franciscan order was the first that also didn’t have community property. Francis was also instrumental in starting a sister organization of woman called the Poor Clares.

After Francis’ death disputes arose about what direction the order should take, especially about the lack of community property. Eventually the order split into three main groups, although there are other groups, some even outside the Catholic Church. Some have even tried to follow Francis’ ideals outside of a religious institution, and these people are known as the Third Order of Francis. The Franciscan order grew in popularity and is still an important order today.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Bio of C.S. Lewis who died on November the 22th 1963. - This Week in Christian History for the week of November the 17th through the 23th


 
Clive Stapes Lewis was born in Belfast Ireland on the 29th of November 1898. His childhood was filled with books; he especially liked the ones with talking animals. His mother died of cancer when he was young and he suffered from health problems. He eventually had to go away to a health resort and attended school there.
While he was a Christian when he was younger, he became an atheist and became interested in the occult and nature. He read about old Icelandic myths and he experimented with different forms of writing like epic poetry. C. S.was accepted into University College at Oxford and underwent a mild culture shock. He met Yeats while there, and was astounded that his English companions didn’t appreciate his work.
C. S. served in the English army during WWI. He had made a pact with one of his fellow servicemen that if either one died the other would take care of their family, which C.S. did after the man died. C. S. was wounded and returned to his studies after he was discharged. He began to embrace Christianity, partially from the influence of his friend J. R. R. Tolkien, and partially from the works of George MacDonald. He adopted the Church of England, which disappointed Tolkien who wanted him to become Catholic.  
He met Joy Davidman and married her in a civil ceremony, which was probably a ploy to keep her from being deported. He eventually fell in love with her and they got married in the Church of England. She died and C. S. took care of her two sons.
After he converted to Christianity his books became more popular than the ones before and most of his books were overtly Christian. The Legend of Narnia series, The Screwtape letters, The Abolition of Man, and Mere Christianity are still popular among readers.
C. S. became ill with kidney failure in June of 1961. He recovered by 1963, but then suffered a heart attack. After he was discharged his health never fully recovered and on November 22, 1963 C. S. died. He was buried in the churchyard of Holy Trinity Church, and his brother was later buried alongside him.
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Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Mayflower Compact was signed on November the 11th 1620 - This Week in Christian History for the week of November the 10th through the 16th


In England the only official religion was the Church of England. Puritans wanted to leave England to have religious freedom and were granted the right to settle in the colony of Virginia. The Mayflower left England but had to turn back two times since the ship which it was sailing with leaked. A violent storm broke one of the beams that supported the ship, but it was repaired with a great iron screw.
Partially because of their difficulties they landed well north of their original destination. Since this was outside of any English colony, some of the settlers felt as if they would not be bound by the laws of England, but would be free to pursue their own liberty. William Bradford, the head of the Separatists, drew up the Mayflower Compact and it was signed by most of the adult males on board.
The compact didn’t establish rules or ordinances, but it stated that all would abide by whatever rules were established for the colony. This was also important since not all of the Pilgrims were Separatists; some still belonged to the Church of England. The colonist headed up the coast from where they had landed and established a town where some Native Americans had lived. The Native Americans had almost all died from sickness. The colonists built their houses while living on the ship. They didn’t finish until the next spring, at which time the Mayflower left for England.
 The Mayflower Compact has been seen as an important document in defining the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. While many presidents have declared days of thanksgiving to commemorate the Pilgrims and our heritage, It was Abraham Lincoln who declared an official date for the celebration of Thanksgiving. Some have speculated that he did it to help promote the idea of America as a unified nation.

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Short bio of Elijah Parish Lovejoy, who was killed on November the 7th 1837 - This week in Christian History November 3rd through the 9th 2013

Lovejoy was born on November the 9th 1802 in Maine. He graduated from Waterville College at the top of his class and taught at China Academy. He felt called to move to the South or West and was advised that he would be able to serve God better in the West. He moved to Boston and New York trying to get a position to be able to afford the journey to Illinois, where he decided he should go. He sold newspaper subscriptions, but was unable to save the money he would need for the journey and received assistance from his former college. He changed his destination to Saint Louis and was able to find a position there editing the St. Louis Observer and heading a private school. He became a minister and was strongly abolitionist. Missouri was a slave state surrounded by three free states, and this made it a center of the free verses slave debate. He continued to be an editor and his printing press was destroyed three times by slavery supporters. He moved across the river to Alton Illinois and continued to print abolitionist literature. Since Illinois was a free state he thought it would less risky to print there, but on November the 7th 1837 a pro slavery mob surrounded the warehouse where his printing press was and fired shots at Lovejoy and Weller, one of his supporters. Lovejoy returned fire and killed one of the mob. They sent a boy up a ladder to set fire to the warehouse and Lovejoy threw the ladder down. When trying to fend off the second attempt Lovejoy was shot five times and died, and Weller was wounded. The mob threw the printing press out of the window and destroyed it. No one was convicted of the murder.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

On October 31st 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 thesis to the door of Castle Church.

        It was the day we know as Halloween, but no one wore costumes or went door to door searching for treats. Dull gray clouds obscured the sun and took the sharpness off colors. Martin wandered past a row of trees, which now looked like sticks, carrying a few papers, a hammer, and nails. He wondered towards Castle Church, which stood fifty feet tall; it looked as it were a hundred shades of stone gray in the darkening sky. A few students walked about and some of the surrounding houses had orangish lights shining through their windows.

Another professor nailed a thesis on the door of the Castle Church. He asked, “How’s it going, Professor Luther?”

Martin said, “Not so well. I had another parishioner tell me they weren’t going to repent because of the sale of indulgences. I have to do something to try and stop it.”

The professor asked, “Is that what you have brought?”

Martin said, “Yes, it is what I have brought.”

The professor said, “Then I guess I won’t have very many people show up to debate me over the usefulness of Plato in modern times.”

Martin said, “No offense, but I hope not. This may not affect very many people, these things never do, but if we can impress them upon the minds of the thinking people, then we can effect change.”

The professor said, “As long as the wrong people don’t see it too soon.”

Martin asked, “What do you mean?”

The professor said, “The Pope’s agents.”

Martin said, “I don’t think that the Pope would go against the basic philosophies of his own Church. I plan on sending a copy to Albert of Mainz. If they are guilty of conspiracy in this regard, then they deserve a chance to openly debate the matter. If anyone can show me with Scriptures or plain reason where I am in error, then I will recant. Otherwise they should, it is that simple.”

The professor dropped his hammer and ran away from Martin. He looked back with terror in his eyes.

Martin said, “You forgot your hammer,” then started to nail his own thesis to the door. He knew his words were heavy, but he still thought the professor to be overly worried. I only want the truth, who can be against that? he thought. I only want a debate; certainly, I have the right to debate these things openly. He looked at his theses and wondered how he could protect more people from the evil of indulgences. If they trusted in an indulgence instead of repentance, then they could endanger their mortal soul. He would have to think of some way that he could get his message across to more than the few dozen at best who would be at the debate, but he didn’t know how.

Martin walked away from the door onto lengthening shadows of houses and trees. A hooded figure walked towards him carrying a lantern which illuminated the path. The figure was black and somehow reminded Martin of the time Germany had been infested with the plague.

The hooded figure asked, “Martin, what are you doing here?”

The voice was familiar; it was his old friend. Martin said, “Alexius? You shouldn’t walk out like that; you practically scared me to death.”

Alexius said, “I wanted to come out and see what sort of thing would be posted on the church door.”

Martin said, “I have posted a list of grievances with the practice of indulgences. They are an obstacle to salvation. They are against true repentance and I cannot believe the Pope has sanctioned them.”

Alexius said, “It looks like my feeling was correct. I thought there would be a good debate posted tonight.”

Martin said, “Another professor was here and posted a debate on Plato. I think I will agree with his premises, but I think my argument has much greater weight.

Alexius said, “I will have to look at his thesis as well.”

Martin said, “I am glad to see you, old friend, but I must get back to sing vespers.”

Alexius said, “Of course. I wish you well.”

 

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Constantine defeats Maxentius-This Week in Christian History for the week of October 27nd-November 2nd, 2013


 

Constantine was born to a Roman solder who would work his way up through the ranks to become governor of a province, then Caesar, which was the deputy director of the western empire, then Augustus, the senior western emperor. The scheme of appointing four emperors was to try and prevent civil war and to make the position more based on merit than lineage; however Constantine was understood to be in line for his father’s position once he died or retired.

Constantine went to the court at Rome, but would almost be considered a hostage there. Constantine did undertake several military campaigns successfully. Both of the Augustus’ retired at the same time, and both Constantine and the other son who was expected to take the other position of Caesar were snubbed in favor of other candidates.

Constantine’s father requested that Constantine come to aid him conquer Brittan. His father died and he became Caesar. A series of civil wars followed that Constantine managed to stay out of. The four pronged approach to rule was failing, and it was becoming obvious that there would only be one ruler of Maxentitus was the last opposing ruler, he held on to Italy and Rome itself and attacked Constantine’s forces. Constantine conquered city by city until he was at Rome’s door. Maxenitus was expecting a long siege, but Constantine avoided Rome and conquered the lands around it. Maxenitus drew his army out to face Constantine on an open plain. Constantine claimed to have a vision of the cross, and had the sign painted on his army’s shields. On the 29th of October 312 Maxenitus’ army was routed, and Constantine became the ruler of all of Rome.

Constantine declared Christianity to be legal and forbade all actions against it. He donated a lot of money to the church and organized the Council of Nicaea. His patronage of Christianity has had mixed effects since there was a paganizing of Christian ideas and holidays as a result of his patronage.

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Bio of Ignatius Loyola who was BornThis Week in Christian History for the week of October 20-26th 2013

Ignatius Loyola was born a wealthy family in the Basque region of Spain. He joined the army and fought many duels, including one with a Moor that denied the divinity of Jesus, who he ended up killing. He successfully endured battles with no injury. It was when he was defending the fortress of Pamplona that things changed. The French had cannons, they did not. Ignatius argued that they should not surrender until they could withstand no more, anything else would disgrace them, this was not popular with the other troops. He was wounded when his legs were hit by a cannonball.

After the battle Ignatius was sent to one of his families castles to recover. While recovering he would spend a lot of time reading, but there were not many books on knights errant that he enjoyed since he was a boy. He only had religious texts to read. He experienced a profound religious conversion, gave away his riches, and undertook a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. He formulated “The Spiritual Exercises” which is still used today.
Upon reaching Jerusalem he was told to go home by the Franciscans there, one reason was because of his lack of education. He went to Paris University. It was there that he form what would be known as The Society of Jesus, or the Jesuits.
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Friday, October 18, 2013

Would You Do What They Did? Great Christian Leaders From Our Past.

 
 
 


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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Bio of Bill Bright who was born This Week in Christian History for the week of October 13th-19th

Bright was born on October 19th 1921 in Coweta Oklahoma and graduated from Northeastern State University. He moved to Los Angeles and founded a company called Bright’s California Confections. It was while attending a Presbyterian church that he became saved and took graduate classes in theology, although he never obtained a degree. It was while he was attending Fuller that he felt called to share his faith with other students.

It was a domestic disturbance that led Bill and his wife Vonnette to write a covenant to God that they were slaves to Christ. This attitude in their lives was what led them to found the Campus Crusade for Christ. The foundation has been a huge success. It operates in 190 countries utilizing 27,000 full-time, and 225,000 trained volunteers. He chaired the National Year of the Bible in 1983 and won the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion, a cash prize which he donated to charity.

Bill wrote more than 100 books and booklets and thousands of articles and pamphlets. He produced a film in 1979 called, “The Jesus Film.” While a financial failure, it was a very accurate portrayal of the life of Jesus. It is estimated that 139 million people have come to know Christ because of his Campus Crusade and his film. Bill has talked to audiences of more than one million people.

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Martin Luther refuses to recant his 95 thesis on October 12th, 1518 -This Week in Christian History for the week of October 6th-12th


Martin Luther was born on the 10th of November 1483. His father wanted him to become a lawyer and sent him to college to pursue that occupation. He enrolled at Erfurt and changed his focus to philosophy, although he found not to be what he was looking for. During a ride home he was caught in a thunderstorm and a lightning bolt struck a nearby tree.

He entered into a monastery and began to fast and pray trying to earn his way into heaven, but always found that he was still a sinner. His superior pointed him to salvation by grace. He was ordained into the priesthood and earned a doctorate in theology. He taught at the University of Wittenberg where he had earned his degree.

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The archbishop didn’t respond to the letter, but sent it to Rome. The pope responded slowly and deliberately. He eventually sent legate Cardinal Cajetan to try and arrest him. The trial broke down into a shouting match. Luther slipped away in the night. 

The rest of Martin Luther’s story can be found in my new book, would you do what they did great Christian leaders from our past is now available to order from Amazon.com here is the link: Would You Do What They Did? - Great Christian Leaders From Our Past It is also available to order now or shortly from anywhere that sells books. It is a collection of biographies of Martin Luther, Francis of Assisi, John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church, and Thomas Becket.
Come, tame a wolf, flee from the wrath of the king, feel the horror of impending doom on a ship, and the uncertainty of one’s own salvation with these great heroes of the faith.
I have excepts of the book on my website williamdeanhamilton.net,
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