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E02262: Augustine of Hippo, preaches a sermon on the feast of *Vincent (deacon and martyr of Saragossa and Valencia, S00290), probably after the public reading of his Acts. Sermon 277, preached in Latin, probably at Hippo Regius (North Africa) in c. 413.

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Augustine of Hippo, Sermon 277

[In festo martyris Vincenti. Habitus in basilica Restituta

'On the feast of the martyr Vincent. Preached in the Restored basilica']

The preacher mentions the martyrdom of Vincent and claims that the bodies of the martyrs are offered by God to the Church.

Praestitit ergo [Deus] sanctorum corpora ecclesiis suis ad memorias orationum, non ad glorias martyrum. Illi enim habent integram gloriam suam apud creatorem suum. Nec ipsi corpori aliquid timent, quoniam non est quod timeant.

'So God has bestowed the bodies of the saints on the Churches for memorials to pray at and as reminders to pray, not for monuments to martyrs to give them glory. They, after all, have their glory complete and intact in the presence of their creator. Nor are they afraid of anything happening to their bodies, since there is in fact nothing to fear.'

There follow reflection about the status of the body after death and after resurrection with occasional references to the story of Vincent's martyrdom, which suggest that it has been read before the sermon.

Text: Patrologia Latina 38, 1258. Translation: Hill 1994, 33. 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

Transmission, copying and reading saint-related texts

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Ecclesiastics - bishops

Cult Activities - Relics

Bodily relic - entire body


This sermon was probably preached in Hippo. Its dating to 413 is based on its relation with other of Augustine's 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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