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E04551: Augustine of Hippo preaches in Latin on an occasion connected with a martyr, most probably *Stephen (the First Martyr S00030), and mentions a written account (libellus) of his miracles. Sermon 94, preached in Hippo Regius, possibly c. AD 425.

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posted on 2018-01-03, 00:00 authored by robert
Augustine of Hippo, Sermon 94

A me autem fatigato et uix loquente, pauca libenter accipite. Habemus enim et libellum de beneficiis dei per sanctum martyrem datis, pariter libentius audiamus.

'Tired tough I am, and scarcely able to speak, accept ungrudgingly a few words from me. After all, we also have a written account about the favours God has granted through this holy martyr, so let us listen to that even more willingly.'

This reference to the libellus gives Augustine a pretext for not speaking about the martyr and the following part of the sermon does not mention him anymore.

Text: Patrologia Latina 38, 580. Translation: Hill 1991, 478. Summary: Robert Wiśniewski.


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 - Festivals

  • Saint’s feast

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Transmission, copying and reading saint-related texts

Cult Activities - Miracles

Miracle after death Unspecified miracle

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Ecclesiastics - bishops


At the beginning of this sermon Augustine says that he is preaching in the presence of numerous bishops who visited his city. This might have been the case in AD 425, when the relics of St Stephen were deposited in Hippo.


The martyr whom Augustine mentions is almost certainly Stephen. For the written accounts of miracles or the libelli, see: E01135, E02323, E03631, E03632, E03660 (all in Augustine).


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 2. Sermons 20-50 ‬(New York: New City Press, 1990).

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