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E02542: Augustine of Hippo preaches in Latin a sermon on the feast of *John the Baptist (S00020). Sermon 293D, preached c. 397/430, possibly in Hippo Regius (North Africa).

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posted on 2017-03-09, 00:00 authored by robert
Augustine of Hippo, Sermon 293D

1. De Iohanne Baptista, non Euangelista, cuius hodie natalis celebramus diem, magnum diem, magnum est ipsius Domini testimonium.

'About John the Baptist, not the evangelist, whose birthday we are celebrating today, a great day, the Lord himself has a great testimonial to give.'

In what follows Augustine comments upon the relation between Christ and John the Baptist and shows John as a voice of the Word and an example of humility. The latter is demonstrated by the fact that from his feast the days get shorter.

Text: Morin 1930, 510. Translation: Hill 1994, 171. Summary: Robert Wiśniewski.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

John the Baptist : S00020

Saint Name in Source

Iohannes Baptista

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

  • Service for the Saint

Cult activities - Festivals

  • Saint’s feast

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Ecclesiastics - bishops


The place and year on which this sermon was preached cannot be determined with any certainty. Hippo, Augustine's episcopal see is just a default location.


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 9, 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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