Holy Communion in honor of John Hus
Sunday, July 10, 2016 at 8 & 10:30 AM
Moravians trace their denominational history to John Hus (1369-1415), a Catholic priest, Rector of Charles University in Prague, and preacher at the popular Bethlehem Chapel in Prague. From that pulpit, Hus raised issues that would eventually cost him his life. His concerns were much the same as the ones Martin Luther articulated nearly one hundred years later: to read the Scriptures in the vernacular of the people rather than in Latin, to share the cup as well as the loaf with communicants, and to cease the practice of selling indulgences. He was ordered to appear before the Council of Constance where he was toldto recant his teachings, but he would not deny what he thought to be true. On July 6, 1415, Huswas burned at the stake as a heretic.
On December 17, 1999, Pope John Paul II made the following apology regarding the burning at the stake of Hus, while speaking before an international symposium on Jan Hus held at the Vatican: "Today, on the eve of the Great Jubilee, I feel the need to express deep regret for the cruel death inflicted on John Hus and for the consequent wound of conflict and division which was thus imposed on the minds and hearts of the Bohemian people."
Lititz Moravian Congregation will have its annual day this Sunday to remember Hus, and be inspired, like he was, to be committed to the truth of God no matter how costly that might be. The worship services at 8 and 10:30 on July 10 will conclude with a sharing of Holy Communion as a sacred bond of unity in Christ and commitment to His will.