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Today in History

On this day in 1871, Charlotte Elliott, Anglican hymnist, died at Brighton, England.  Elliot wrote nearly 150 hymns during her lifetime.
On this day in 1991, The Dead Sea Scrolls were made available to the public for the first time, by the Huntington Library.

On this day in 1993, Craig Anderson was installed as the eleventh dean of the General Theological Seminary (GTS) in New York.

History of The Episcopal Church

The beginnings of the Church of England, from which The Episcopal Church derives, date to at least the second century, when merchants and other travelers first brought Christianity to England. It is customary to regard St. Augustine of Canterbury's mission to England in 597 as marking the formal beginning of the church under papal authority, as it was to be throughout the Middle Ages.

In its modern form, the church dates from the English Reformation of the 16th century, when royal supremacy was established and the authority of the papacy was repudiated. With the advent of British colonization, the Church of England was established on every continent. In time, these churches gained their independence, but retained connections with the mother church in the Anglican Communion.

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