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E02789: Latin hymn to *Severinus (hermit and monk of Noricum, S00848) for the feast day of Severinus. On the basis of the episodes told in the Life of Severinus by Eugippius (E02347), it praises Severinus for the miracles he performed, the help he gave to people oppressed by war, and his writing of a monastic rule. Presumably written in Naples, at an uncertain date, possibly late antique.

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posted on 2017-05-10, 00:00 authored by mpignot
Anonymous hymn to Saint Severinus


Praises Severinus on the day of his death (hunc diem festum celebremus omnes, quo Severinus penetravit almus), and recounts miracles performed, in particular protection of cities through prayer, apparition of heavenly light, multiplication of oil, healing, the resurrection of Silvinus. It also refers to the rule for monks prepared by Severinus. The hymn directly addresses the city of Naples, the likely intended audience.

Text: Knöll 1886, 71-73. Summary: M. Pignot.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Severinus, hermit and monk in Noricum, ob. 482 : S00848

Saint Name in Source


Type of Evidence

Literary - Hagiographical - Other saint-related texts


  • Latin

Evidence not before


Evidence not after


Activity not before


Activity not after


Place of Evidence - Region

Italy south of Rome and Sicily

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc


Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)

Naples Adriatic Sea Adriatic Sea Adriaticum Mare

Cult activities - Liturgical Activity

  • Chant and religious singing

Cult activities - Festivals

  • Saint’s feast

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Composing and translating saint-related texts

Cult Activities - Miracles

Miracle during lifetime Miracles causing conversion Power over elements (fire, earthquakes, floods, weather) Healing diseases and disabilities Freeing prisoners, exiles, captives, slaves Miraculous sound, smell, light Miraculous interventions in war Miraculous protection - of communities, towns, armies Power over life and death

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Foreigners (including Barbarians) Ecclesiastics - monks/nuns/hermits Pagans


This anonymous hymn is transmitted in a number of manuscripts of the Life of Severinus by Eugippius (E02347), the earliest being of 10th century; see Knöll (1886), xiii.


The hymn is of uncertain date: it was clearly composed for the feast day of Severinus, and was presumably produced for celebrations in the city of Naples.


Edition: Knöll, P., Eugippius, Vita sancti Severini (Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Latinorum 9/2; Vienna, 1886), 71-73.

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    Evidence -  The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity