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E01767: Augustine of Hippo preaches a sermon, possibly at Hippo Regius (North Africa) and probably on the feast of *Cyprian (bishop and martyr of Carthage, S00411). Exposition on Psalm 88 (sermon 1), written in Latin in North Africa, 392/417.

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Augustine of Hippo, Exposition on Psalm 88, sermon 1, ch. 27

Martyres nostri, quorum natalitia celebramus, sanguinem suum propter haec credita et nondum uisa fuderunt; quanto fortiores nos esse debemus, uidendo quod illi crediderunt?

'Our martyrs, whose annual feast (natalitia) we are celebrating, shed their blood for that in which they had believed, but did not see. How much stronger should be, having seen in what they believed!'

Text: Dekkers & Fraipont 1956. Translation: Robert Wiśniewski.


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Saint Name

Cyprian, bishop of Carthage (Africa) and martyr, ob. 258 : S00411

Type of Evidence

Literary - Sermons/Homilies


  • Latin

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Activity not after


Place of Evidence - Region

Latin North Africa

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Hippo Regius

Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)

Hippo Regius Carthage Carthago Karthago قرطاج‎ Qarṭāj Mçidfa Carthage

Major author/Major anonymous work

Augustine of Hippo

Cult activities - Liturgical Activity

  • Sermon/homily

Cult activities - Festivals

  • Saint’s feast


The Expositions on the Psalms are based on Augustine's homilies preached either in Hippo or in other places in North Africa in the period from 392 to 417. The two sermons on Ps 88 (see E01768) were preached the same day, that is, according to the lemma of a single manuscript (Vallicelianus B. 38), on the feast of *Cyprian of Carthage: Habitus in natale sancti Cypriani vigiliis. Yet in both sermons Augustine refers only generally to the feast of martyrs, always in the plural. It is impossible to say where the sermon was preached, Hippo, Augustine's episcopal see, is just a default location. See La Bonnardière, 96-97.


Edition: Dekkers, E. & Fraipont, J., Enarrationes in psalmos (Corpus Christianorum, Series Latina, 38, Turnhout: Brepols, 1956). About the text: La Bonnardière, M.A., 'Les Enarrationes in Psalmos prêchées par saint Augustin à l'occasion de fêtes des martyrs', Recherches Augustiniennes 7 (1971), 73-104.

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