Monument to Reformers

This is a side-view of the monument to Martin Luther in Geneva. It symbolizes the fact that Peter Waldo, John Wycliff, and Jan Huss, were forerunners of the Reformation "initiated" by Luther.

Jan Hus

Movement Reformation Happens
Born Husinec, 1372
Died Constance, 1415
Significance Hus was a Czech preacher who became the leader of the reform movement in Bohemia. His call for moral reform in the church and a denunciation of indulgences resulted in his excommunication and he was soon identified as a follower of John Wycliffe. He was called to the Council of Constance in 1414, was condemned, and burned at the stake on July 6, 1415.
Works An Account of the Persecutions in Bohemia Under the Papacy
Hymns Jesus Christ Our Blessed Savior
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An Account of the Persecutions in Bohemia Under the Papacy

The Roman pontiffs having usurped a power over several churches were particularly severe on the Bohemians, which occasioned them to send two ministers and four lay-brothers to Rome, in the year 977, to obtain redress of the pope. After some delay, their request was granted, and their grievances redressed. Two things in particular they were permitted to do, viz., to have divine service performed in their own language, and to give the cup to the laity in the Sacrament.

The disputes, however, soon broke out again, the succeeding popes exerting their whole power to impose on the minds of the Bohemians; and the latter, with great spirit, aiming to preserve their religious liberties.

In A.D. 1375, some zealous friends of the Gospel applied to Charles, king of Bohemia, to call an ecumenical Council, for an inquiry into the abuses that had crept into the Church, and to make a full and...

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