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Faces of the Reformation: Jan Hus

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A 15th-century Bohemian reformer who set the stage for the world-changing reforms of Martin Luther

Born: about 1373 Died: July 6, 1415

“More than 100 years before Martin Luther, Jan Hus, a priest, took a stand opposing the many abuses he saw in the Roman Catholic Church. Excommunicated in 1412, he was imprisoned for his heresy and in 1415 he was sentenced to death and burned at the stake. Like Luther later would, Hus inspired a reform movement that could not be stopped.” *Information here from THE LUTHERAN CHURCH—MISSOURI SYNOD, ConcordiaHistoricalInstitute.org; the Lutheran Reformation website.

We are counting down to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, which officially began when Martin Luther nailed the Ninety-Five Theses to Castle Church door in Wittenberg in 1517. Five hundred years later, we still need Jesus. Five hundred years later, God continues to bless us with His Word; and, this month, we celebrate the Word becoming flesh for us. God provides GRACE through FATH by GRACE. Five hundred years later, it is still ALL ABOUT JESUS.

Watch for more details about the Reformation history, upcoming Anniversary celebration plans, and many more interesting facts throughout Zion newsletters and other publications in the next year. You can also visit lutheranreformation.org for more information, including more “faces of the reformation”.

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