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Services in the Open Air - The Church of the Desert
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Introduction - Meetings of the Huguenots in the Open Air (assemblies)
When the Edict of Nantes was revoked by Louis XIV in Ocotber 1685, Protestant churches were destroyed. It was forbidden to hold Protestant services anywhere. Many Huguenots left France. Some of those who remained began to hold services in the open air in secluded places the Church of the Desert was born.
Even earlier, at the time when the Netherlands were ruled by Catholic Spain and Protestant services were forbidden, "hedge" sermons had been held in Antwerp and other places in 1566. The tradition of conventicles (assemblÚes) has been preserved in the French Reformed Churches till the present day. (Jochen Desel)
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