During a worship service in his own church in Lutterworth on December 29, 1384, Wycliffe suffered his third stroke. He died two days later. Over forty years after his death, the Council of Constance, decreed Wycliffe’s bones to be dug up, publicly burned, and the ashes to be thrown into the Swift River.

Afterward, this most fitting tribute to Wycliffe was penned: “This brook hath conveyed his ashes into Avon, Avon to Severn, Severn to the narrow seas, they into the main ocean. And thus the ashes of Wycliffe are the emblem of his doctrine, which now is dispersed all over the world.”