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E01775: Augustine of Hippo preaches a sermon at the feast of *Crispina (martyr of Theveste, S00905), possibly at Hippo Regius (North Africa). Exposition on Psalm 137, written in Latin in North Africa, 392/417.

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posted on 29.07.2016, 00:00 by robert
Augustine of Hippo, Exposition on Psalm 137.3

Quomodo gaudebat sancta ista Crispina cuius hodie sollemnitas celebratur? Gaudebat cum tenebatur, cum ad iudicem ducebatur, cum in carcerem mittebatur, cum ligata producebatur, cum in catasta leuabatur, cum audiebatur, cum damnabatur; in his omnibus gaudebat; et eam miseri miseram putabant, quae coram angelis gaudebat.

'How did saint Crispina, whose festival (sollemnitas) we are celebrating today, rejoice? She rejoiced when arrested , when brought before the judge, when thrown into prison, when bound, when taken to the scaffold, when examined, when sentenced. In all this she rejoiced. And those who are wretched themselves considered her, who rejoiced in the company of angels, to be wretched!'

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


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Crispina, martyr at Thagasta, ob. c. 304 : S00905

Saint Name in Source


Type of Evidence

Literary - Sermons/Homilies



Evidence not before


Evidence not after


Activity not before


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

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Ecclesiastics - bishops


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.


Edition: Dekkers, E., and Fraipont, J., Enarrationes in psalmos (Corpus Christianorum, Series Latina 38; Turnhout: Brepols, 1956). Further reading: 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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