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E02256: Augustine, bishop of Hippo Regius, preaches a sermon on the feast of *Vincent (deacon and martyr of Saragossa and Valencia, S00290), after the public reading of his Acts. Sermon 276, preached in Latin, probably at Hippo Regius in c. 412.

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Augustine of Hippo, Sermon 276

1. In passione, quae nobis hodie recitata est, fratres mei, euidenter ostenditur iudex ferox, tortor cruentus, martyr inuictus.

'In the passion which has been read to us today, my brothers, we are clearly shown a ferocious judge, a bloodthirsty torturer, an unvanquished martyr.'

In what follows Augustine constantly refers to the story of Vincent's martyrdom and emphasises that his unnatural endurance during the torments resulted from the power of Christ which dwelt in him.

Text: Patrologia Latina 38,1255. Translation: Hill 1994, 29 (slightly changed). 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 - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Composing and translating saint-related texts

Cult Activities - Miracles

Miracle at martyrdom and death

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Ecclesiastics - bishops


This sermon was probably preached in Hippo. Its dating to 412 is based on its relation with Augustine's other writings.


Text: Migne, J.P., Patrologia Latina 38 (Paris, 1865). Translation: Hill, E., The Works of Saint Augustine: A Translation for the 21st Century, vol. III 9. Sermons 306-340A for the Saints ‬(New York: New City Press, 1994). 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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