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E02426: Augustine of Hippo preaches in Latin a sermon on the feast of *John the Baptist (S00020). Sermon 291, preached c. 412/416 in an unknown place in North Africa.

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Augustine of Hippo, Sermon 291

[In natali Ioannis Baptistae

'On the birthday of John the Baptist']

1. Quem diem celebramus hodiernum uobis dici non opus est, quia omnes, cum euangelium legeretur, audistis. Hodie accepimus sanctum Ioannem Domini praecursorem, sterilis filium nuntiantem uirginis filium, sed tamen seruum nuntiantem Dominum.

'There is no need for you to be told what day we are celebrating today, because you all heard, when the gospel was read. Today we have welcomed Saint John, the forerunner of the Lord, the son of a barren woman announcing the son of virgin, but still the servant announcing the Lord.'

In what follows Augustine reflects of the birth of John the Baptist and that of Christ.

Text: Patrologia Latina 38, 1316. Translation: Hill 1994, 131. Summary: Robert Wiśniewski.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

John the Baptist : S00020

Saint Name in Source

Ioannes Baptista

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 name in other Language(s)

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 - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Ecclesiastics - bishops


The sermon is tentatively dated to the years 412-416 on the basis of intertextual references and its place in the collection of Augustine's sermons.


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 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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