Relaymedia

May 4 in Christian History

May 04, 2010 09:38 AM EDT

1256 - Pope Alexander IV founded the Roman Catholic religious order of the Augustine Hermits.


1493 - Pope Alexander VI issued "Inter caeterea II," which divided possession of the New World discoveries by Spain and Portugal along a longitudinal line running 250 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands.


1746 - The Moravians in Pennsylvania established the Moravian Women's Seminary at Bethlehem. It was the first educational institution of its kind established by the "Unitas Fratrum" in (colonial) America.


1784 - Birth of Carl G. Glaser, German music teacher. Of his many choral pieces, Glaser is primarily remembered today for his hymn tune AZMON, to which the Church today sings: "O For a Thousand Tongues."


1970 - In deciding the legal case "Walz v. Tax Commission of New York," the United States Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of a New York statute exempting church-owned property from taxation.


© 1987-2010, William D. Blake. Used by permission of the author, from

Almanac of the Christian Church