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E01948: Augustine of Hippo (North Africa) preaches in Latin a sermon at the feast of *Vincent (almost certainly the deacon and martyr of Saragossa and Valencia, S00290). Sermon 4, preached possibly in Hippo, early in the 5th century.

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posted on 2016-10-19, 00:00 authored by mszada
Augustine of Hippo, Sermon 4.36

Has uobis epulas exhibuerit sanctus dominus Deus noster per natalicia martyris sui Vincenti. Nomen uictoriae est. Amate autem, ut uincatis. Non enim deest persecutio. Diabolus persecutor est, numquam deficit occasio coronae.

'Such a treat the Holy Lord our God prepared for you for the yearly feast of his martyr, Vincentius. His is the name of victory. Love then, in order to win. For the persecution has not disappeared. The devil is the persecutor and no one lacks an opportunity to win the crown.'

There follows a passage on the ways in which the devil persecutes or tries contemporary Christians.

Text: Lambot 1961, p. 47. Translation and summary: Robert Wiśniewski.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Vincent, deacon and martyr of Saragossa and Valencia, ob. c. 305 : S00290

Saint Name in Source


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 sermon is dated tentatively to the early 5th century on the basis of intertextual references with other of Augustine's writings.


Text: Lambot, C., Sermones de Vetere Testamento (1-50) (Corpus Christianorum. Series Latina, 41; Turnhout: Brepols, 1961). Translation: Hill, E., The Works of Saint Augustine: A Translation for the 21st Century, vol. III 1. Sermons 1-19 ‬(New York: New City Press, 1990). Dating: Kunzelmann, A., "Die Chronologie der sermones des hl. Augustinus," Miscellanea Agostiniana, vol. 2 (Rome: Tipografia Poliglotta Vaticana, 1931), 417-452.

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