Jan Hus Day in the Czech Republic – July 6th

Jan Hus

Jan Hus Day is Celebrated in the Czech Republic  – July 6th.


Jan Hus Day is celebrated on July 6th in the Czech Republic.  I’d just like to say before going any further, that I was raised  as a Presbyterian. However, at some point along the way I became a humanist. For me there are  just too many ambiguities within almost all of the religions. I can’t believe anymore. I do believe that Jesus was a real person, a philosopher whose philosophy of life I believe in. But the fact that the gospels differ and were written a hundred years after Jesus lived, make it so that I can not take them a “gospel”

If I believe in anything it’s a religious belief closer to Sikhism believing that there may only be one god Ek Ong Kar and that all religions are just pathways to that one God. And that the most important part of walking that pathway is to be an honest and good person! Ok so that is enough philosophizing .

Let’s get back to Jan Hus.  I don’t believe that in all my years of Sunday School and there were a lot of them, I ever learned about Jan Hus. Luther, Calvin and others yes but no Jan Hus. Maybe that is because he came before those other Reformation leaders.

July 6, 1415 – Jan Hus is Burned at the Stake

I  am posting about Jan Hus today because today is Jan Hus Day in the Czech Republic  The day commemorates the day in 1415 when Jan Hus was burned at the stake for heresy. (Thou shalt not kill (there’s no except in cases of heresy in that commandment is there?).

About Jan Hus

Jan Hus  c. (1369 – 6 July 1415[2]), sometimes Anglicized as John Hus or John Huss, was a Czech priest, philosopher, Master, dean and rector at Charles University in Prague, church reformer, founder of Hussitism, a seminal figure in the Bohemian Reformation and a key predecessor to Protestantism.

After John Wycliffe, the theorist of ecclesiastical Reformation, Hus is considered the first Church reformer, as he lived before Luther, Calvin, and Zwingli. His teachings had a strong influence on the states of Western Europe, most immediately in the approval of a reformist Bohemian religious denomination, and, more than a century later, on Martin Luther himself.He was burned at the stake for heresy against the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church, including those on ecclesiology, the Eucharist, and other theological topics.
After Hus was executed in 1415, the followers of his religious teachings (known as Hussites) rebelled against their Roman Catholic rulers.They defeated five consecutive papal crusades between 1420 and 1431, in what became known as the Hussite Wars.[

A century later, as many as 90% of inhabitants of the Czech lands were Hussites.[6] Although Bohemia was the site of one of the most significant pre-reformation movements there are only few Protestant adherents remaining in modern times mainly due to historical reasons such as persecution of Protestants by the Catholic Habsburgs  particularly after the Battle of White Mountain in 1620; restrictions during the Communist rule; and also the ongoing secularization. Read More at Wikipedia

Are there Czechs in Edk’s Family Tree? They’re could be.

This anniversary caught my eye this morning because it takes place in the Czech Republic. My father’s mother’s side of the family – the Wendel’s and the Meyers came from the area around Dresden, which is close to the current German Czech border. My second great-grandmother Chritina Ehnert was born in the town of Olbernhau (the red mark show its location) which is very close to the Czech border. Of course it is on the northwest side of the Ore Mountains, while the Czech Republic lies on the southeast side.



While I have not connected to anyone with Czech ancestry. I do share DNA with many people whose ancestors were born in the Czech Republic.

Here’s a little about the town of Olbernhau during the time of the Protestant reformation….

Ore mining started in 1511. In the course of the Protestant reformation Olbernhau became a parish in 1539. A school is mentioned for the first time in 1556. The solidly built church was consecrated in 1590. About 1684 the industrial art of gunsmithing was introduced in Olbernhau. In 1690, Olbernhau’s first barrel forge was erected in the Rungstock valley. In 1708 the gun manufactory delivered 12,000 guns to the Saxonian Army.  A gunpowder mill was founded in 1815, which was partly destroyed by explosions in the years 1835, 1850 and 1865. The last gun left the Olbernhau factory in 1854. Read More at WIkipedia

Not that it means anything. But  it’s interesting at least to me. The last gun left the Olberrnhau factory in 1854, the year my great-great grandmother was born!