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E04357: Augustine of Hippo delivers a Latin sermon on the feast of martyrs. Sermon 330, preached possibly in Hippo, at an unknown date between 391 and 430.

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posted on 2017-11-12, 00:00 authored by Bryan
Augustine of Hippo, Sermon 330

[In natali martyrum

'On the birthday of some martyrs']

1. Beatorum solemnitas martyrum, et exspectatio sanctitatis uestrae de nobis sermonem flagitat.

'The feast of the blessed martyrs, and the expectation of your holinesses, insists on a sermon from me.'

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

Text: Patrologia Latina 38,1456. Translation: Hill 1994, 185, adapted. Summary: Robert Wiśniewski.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Martyrs, unnamed or name lost : S00060

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, 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 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.


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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