The Moravian Church is an international Protestant Church tracing its roots to the Bohemian reformer Jan Hus* (1369-1415) who championed congregational singing at the Bethlehem Chapel in Prague. Following his martyrdom by the Council of Constance in 1415, groups of his followers arose in Bohemia to continue his reforming ideas. One such group formed the jednota bratrská in 1457, establishing their own ministry ten years later. Known officially as the Unitas Fratrum or Unity of the Brethren, they came to be familiarly known as the Bohemian Brethren and Moravian Church in the English-speaking world.
The early years of Moravian church history, from 1457 to 1627, were...
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