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E01828: Augustine of Hippo preaches a sermon at the feast of *Cyprian (bishop and martyr of Carthage, S00411) in Carthage (North Africa). Exposition on Psalm 85, written in Latin in North Africa, 401/411.

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Augustine of Hippo, Exposition on Psalm 85

Lemma in Codex Vaticanus Ottob. 319.

Habitus in natale sancti Cypriani vigiliis. Habitus in Mappalia

'Preached at the vigil of the yearly feast (natale) of saint Cyprian. Preached in Mappalia.'

Contristatus est beatus Cyprianus in passione; modo consolatus est in corona ... et uigilamus in his luminaribus, et sollemnitas ista dat nobis animum uigilandi; dies ille quales uigilias nobis dabit?

'The blessed Cyprian was sorrowful in his martyrial death, but now is comforted by the crown ... We keep vigil with these lamps, and this festival strengthens our spirit in order to stay awake; what kind of vigils will that day give to us?'

Text: Dekkers & Fraipont 1956. Translation: Robert Wiśniewski.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Cyprian, bishop of Carthage (Africa) and martyr, ob. 258 : S00411

Saint Name in Source


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


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

Carthage 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 - Places

Cult building - independent (church)


The Expositions on the Psalms are based on Augustine's homilies preached either in Hippo or other places in North Africa in the period from 392 to 417. This sermon was certainly preached in Carthage at the feast of *Cyprian, on 13 September. According to La Bonnardière, 84-86, this took place between 401 and 411 (but not in 403 and 410, because in both years Augustine preached on the feast of Cyprian in Hippo).


Edition: Dekkers, E., and Fraipont, J., Enarrationes in psalmos (Corpus Christianorum, Series Latina 38; Turnhout: Brepols, 1956). Further reading: La Bonnardière, M.A., "Les Enarrationes in Psalmos prêchées par saint Augustin à l'occasion de fêtes des martyrs," Recherches Augustiniennes 7 (1971), 73-104.

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