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E01993: Augustine of Hippo preaches in Latin a sermon in the octave of Easter, and announces that the sermon for the feast of *Marianus and Iacobus (martyrs in Numidia, S01132), which should be delivered the following day, will be preached only in two days because of the gathering of the synod. Sermon 256, preached probably in Carthage (North Africa), probably in AD 418.

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Sermon 256 (ending of the sermon)

3. ... Die crastina sanctorum martyrum Mariani et Iacobi festiuitas illucescit; sed, quoniam causa tantae congregationis sancti concilii adhuc aliquantulum occupati sumus, die tertio eiusdem diei natalis ipsius, adiuuante domino, debitum sermonem reddemus uobis.

'Tomorrow the feast (festivitas) of the holy martyrs Marianus and Iacobus will shine. Yet since we are slightly busy because of so great an assembly of the council, we will, with Lord's help, preach the sermon that we owe you for this annual feast (dies natalis) only in two days time.'

Text: Morin 1930, 719. Translation: Robert Wiśniewski.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Marianus and Iacobus, clerics and martyrs in Numidia, ob. c. 258 : S01132

Saint Name in Source

Marianus, Iacobus

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)

Carthage 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 beginning of this sermon leaves no doubt that it was preached in the Octave of Easter. It is tentatively dated to 418 on the basis of the chronology of Augustine's life, namely his participation in the council of Carthage in 418.


Text: Morin, G., Sancti Augustini Sermones post Maurinos reperti (Miscellanea Agostiniana, vol. 1; Rome: Tipografia Poliglotta Vaticana, 1930). Translation: Hill, E., The Works of Saint Augustine. A Translation for the 21st Century, vol. III 7, Sermons 230-272B on the Liturgical Seasons (New York: New City Press, 1993). 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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