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E01782: Augustine of Hippo preaches a sermon at a feast of unnamed martyrs, probably at Hippo Regius (North Africa). Exposition on Psalm 141, written in Latin in North Africa, 397/405.

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Augustine of Hippo, Exposition on Psalm 141.1

Solemnitati martyrum, sicut deuotio celebritatis uestrae, ita nostrae seruitutis sermo debetur.

'Just as it is your duty to celebrate piously the festival of the martyrs, my obligation is to deliver a sermon.'

In what follows Augustine does not refer to any specific martyrs or their feast.

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


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Martyrs, unnamed or name lost : S00060

Type of Evidence

Literary - Sermons/Homilies


  • Latin

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 other places in North Africa in the period from 392 to 417. According to la Bonnardière, 93-95, Sermons 140 (see E001779) and 141 were preached in Hippo between 397 and 405 AD, that is between Augustine's episcopal ordination and the beginning of the violent confrontation with the Donatists to which Augustine does not make any allusion. Sermon 140 does not mention any feast directly, but we know that it was preached on the eve of a feast of martyrs, because in Sermon 141, delivered the day after, Augustine mentions explicitly the feast.


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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