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E01836: Augustine of Hippo preaches a sermon in the basilica of the *Martyrs of Massa Candida (S00904) at Utica (North Africa), probably at the feast of these martyrs. Exposition on Psalm 144, written in Latin in North Africa, possibly in 417.

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posted on 2016-09-06, 00:00 authored by robert
Augustine of Hippo, Exposition on Psalm 144

Habitus Uticae in Basilica Massae Candidae

'Preached in Utica, in the Basilica of Massa Candida.'

In the text of the sermon itself there are no references to the martyrs of Massa Candida or their feast.

Translation and summary: Robert Wiśniewski.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Martyrs of Massa Candida (Utica), ob. c. 258 : S00904

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


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

Utica 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 - Places

Cult building - independent (church)

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, 87-88, this sermon was preached in 417.


For other sermons by Augustine preached at Utica in the sanctuary of the Martyrs of Massa Candida see E01760 and E02745. Although the sermon does not name the martyrs, it was probably preached at their feast, otherwise it would have been delivered in the main church of the city.


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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    Evidence -  The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity