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E04355: Augustine of Hippo delivers a Latin sermon, probably on the feast of martyrs. Sermon 320, preached possibly in Hippo, at an unknown date between 391 and 430.

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Augustine of Hippo, Sermon 329

[In natali martyrum

'On the birthday of some martyrs']

1. Per tam gloriosa sanctorum martyrum gesta, quibus ubique floret ecclesia, ipsis oculis nostris probamus quam uerum sit quod cantauimus, quia pretiosa in conspectu Domini mors sanctorum eius: quando et in conspectu nostro pretiosa est, et in conspectu eius, pro cuius nomine facta est.

'Through such glorious deeds of the holy martyrs, with which the Church blossoms everywhere, we prove with our own eyes how true what we have just been singing is that "precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints" (Ps. 116:5); seeing that it is precious both in our sight and in the sight of him for the sake of whose name it was undertaken.'

In what follows Augustine presents his general reflections on martyrdom and does nor refer to any specific martyrs or their cult.

Text: Patrologia Latina 38,1454. Translation: Hill 1994, 182. Summary: Robert Wiśniewski.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Martyrs, unnamed or name lost : S00060

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


The sermon cannot be dated with any certainty; it was possibly preached in Hippo, Augustine's episcopal see or some other place in which a group of martyrs was venerated, but even this is uncertain. The texts does not refer explicitly to any feast.


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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