early reformers & music history 10-days / 8-nights
Jan Hus was a Czech priest, philosopher, early Christian reformer as well as Master at Charles University in Prague. After John Wycliffe, the theorist of ecclesiastical Reformation, Hus is considered the first Church reformer, as he lived before Luther, Calvin and Zwingli. Hus was a key predecessor to the Protestant movement of the sixteenth century, and his teachings had a strong influence on the states of Europe and more than a century later on Martin Luther himself. Your journey starts in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. Prague was not only home to Jan Hus and his Hussites community but also to many famous composers such as Dvorak, Smetana and Mozart. In fact, Mozart often said that the people of Prague more completely understood and appreciated his music. You will visit the famous Prague Castle and all the sites associated with these celebrated musicians. From Prague you will travel north into Germany, home to such eminent composers as Bach and Mendelssohn whose music was greatly inspired by the Reformation. The cities of Dresden and Leipzig, both on your touring itinerary, were centers of the arts from the middle ages through the 19th century and the Saxon Kings strongly supported musicians, painters, writers and philosophers. Elector Frederick the Wise established the University of Wittenberg and was a support and protector of Martin Luther after the Diet of Worms and Luther’s excommunication. You will see the Wartburg Castle, the Augustinian Monastery in Erfurt, the Schlosskirche, Stadtkirche and Luther House in Wittenberg and many other sites associated with the life of Martin Luther. After experiencing the sites, perform the psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, and study about and pray for the renewal and unity of the church, you will return from Berlin to the U.S. rejuvenated in your faith in the Protestant church.