July 6: Jan Hus Day

In the Czech Republic, Jan Hus Day is celebrated every year on the anniversary of Hus’s martyrdom on July 6, 1415. Hus was a one of the earliest church reformers, born about 50 years after John Wycliffe.

A Czech priest and a professor at Charles University in Prague, Hus got in trouble with church authorities for his support of the reforms and beliefs of Wycliffe as well as his condemnation of immorality within the clergy, indulgences, and the crusades.

Although Hus (and the entire city of Prague) were excommunicated around 1410, he was not imprisoned until late in 1414. On July 6, 1415, Hus was officially condemned and burned at the stake in Constance, Germany.

“Show me your ways, O Lord,
teach me your paths;
guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.”

Psalm 25:4-5


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