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E02288: Augustine of Hippo preaches a sermon on the feast of *Perpetua and Felicitas (martyrs of Carthage, S00009), emphasising their womanhood. Sermon 281, preached in Latin, possibly at Hippo Regius (North Africa), 391/430.

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Augustine of Hippo, Sermon 281

[In natali martyrum Perpetuae et Felicitatis

'On the birthday of the martyrs Perpetua et Felicitas']

1. Refulget et praeeminet inter comites martyres et meritum et nomen Perpetuae et Felicitatis, sanctarum Dei famularum.

'Both the merits and the names of Perpetua and Felicitas, God's holy servants, shine out brightly and pre-eminently, among fellow martyrs.'

In what follows Augustine emphasises the fact that the martyrs were women and refers to the story of their martyrdom.

Text: Patrologia Latina 38, 1284. Translation: Hill 1994, 72. Summary: Robert Wiśniewski.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Perpetua, Felicitas and their companions, martyrs in Carthage, ob. 203 : S00009

Saint Name in Source

Perpetua, Felicitas

Type of Evidence

Literary - Sermons/Homilies



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

  • Service for the Saint

Cult activities - Festivals

  • Saint’s feast

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Oral transmission of saint-related stories

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Ecclesiastics - bishops


This sermon was possibly preached in Hippo, Augustine's episcopal see. Its dating is uncertain.


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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