Jan Hus (John Huss) was burned at the stake on July 6, 1415. About a hundred years before Luther, Hus was defending the authority of Scripture, and declaring that where the Word is, the true church is. According to legend, when he was about to be executed he said, “Today you roast a goose. (Hus is the Bohemian word for goose.) But in a hundred years a swan will sing whom you will not be able to silence.” A few of his prayers from the time of his execution have been preserved for us:
Lord Jesus Christ, I wish to bear most patiently and humbly for your Gospel’s sake and the preaching of your Word, this dire, ignominious, and cruel death.
Have mercy on me, O God, and in you, O Lord, do I put my trust.
O Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me.
Lord, into your hands I commend my spirit.
Sources: “Lord Jesus Christ, … John Huss, His Life and Teaching after 500 years, p. 257
“Have mercy on me…” John Huss, His Life and Teaching after 500 years, p. 256
“O Christ, Son of the living God…” The Life and Times of John Huss, p. 72
“Lord, into your hands…” John Huss, His Life and Teaching after 500 years, p. 258