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E02340: Augustine of Hippo preaches in Latin a sermon on the eve of the feast of *John the Baptist (S00020), referring also to the forthcoming feast of the Apostles *Peter (S00036) and *Paul (S00008). Sermon 279, preached in 401 in Carthage (North Africa).

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Augustine of Hippo, Sermon 279

13. Augustine acknowledges that the same day is a festival also for pagans. Christians, however, should celebrate it differently.

Sancti Iohannis diem celebraturi sumus, Iohannis Baptistae, praecursoris Domini, amici sponsi, cum tota castitate, cum tota sobrietate.

'We are going to celebrate St John's day, John the Baptist, the Lord's forerunner, the friend of the bridegroom, with complete chastity, with total sobriety.'


Itaque, fratres, crastinum diem celebrabimus, sicut dixi, in nomine Domini, sancti Iohannis Baptistae. Post septem dies, id est die sabbato, celebrabimus etiam natalicium martyrum sanctorum Petri et Pauli.

'And so, brothers, as I said, we shall be celebrating tomorrow, in the Lord's name, the feast of Saint John the Baptist. In seven days' time, that is on Saturday, we shall also be celebrating the birthday of the holy martyrs Peter and Paul.'

Text: Morin 1930, 592. Translation: Hill 1994, 68-69. Summary: Robert Wiśniewski.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Peter the Apostle : S00036 John the Baptist : S00020 Paul, the Apostle : S00008

Saint Name in Source

Petrus Iohannes Baptista, precursor Domini Paulus

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


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 - Activities Accompanying Cult

  • Feasting (eating, drinking, dancing, singing, bathing)

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Ecclesiastics - bishops


The sermon is tentatively dated either to AD 401 on the basis of intertextual references and its place in the collection of Augustine's sermons. We know that Augustine was then in Carthage.


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 8, Sermons 273-305A on 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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