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E03632: Augustine of Hippo delivers a Latin sermon on Easter Monday, promising that a written account (libellus) of a man healed by the agency of *Stephen (the First Martyr, S00030) will be read next day. Sermon 321, preached c. 425 in Hippo Regius (North Africa).

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Augustine of Hippo, Sermon 321

[Feria tertia paschae

'On Easter Monday']

Diximus quidem hesterno die, sicut meminit charitas uestra: huius libellus, aspectus est. Tamen quia nonnulla nobis indicauit, quae nosse debetis, ad maiorem admirationem et Domini nostri gloriam, de suorum sanctorum memoriis, de quibus dictum est, pretiosa in conspectu Domini mors sanctorum eius; etiam libellum dare decet, qui habet omnia quae ex eius ore cognouimus. Sed si dominus uoluerit, hodie parabitur, et uobis die crastino recitabitur. Hesterno die libellum promisimus charitati uestrae, ubi de illo sanato audire etiam possitis, quae uidere non potuistis.

'I did indeed say yesterday, as your graces will remember, that this man's written account is the very sight of him. And yet, he has told me a number of things you ought to know, to the greater admiration and glory of our Lord, about the memorial shrines of his saints, about whom it is said, "Precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his saints" (Ps 116:15). So it will be only right to produce a written account which will contain everything I learned from his lips. But, if the Lord so wishes, it will be compiled today, and read out to you tomorrow.'

Text: Patrologia Latina 38, 1442. Translation: Hill 1994, 157.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Stephen, the First Martyr : S00030

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

  • Sermon/homily

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Composing and translating saint-related texts

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Ecclesiastics - bishops


This sermon was preached certainly after the discovery of the relics of Stephen in Cahargamala (Palestine) in AD 415, their arrival in Africa c. AD 420, and in Hippo c. 424, for the relics are evidently kept in the church in which Augustine is preaching. It was also preached before Book 22 of The City of God (which refers to this episode) was written, c. 426/427 (see E01135).


This short sermon was preaches on Easter Monday, the day after Sermon 320 (E03631). The written account promised by Augustine was read on Tuesday and is preserved in Sermon 322 (E03660).


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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