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The Commemoration Of The Translation Of The Relics Of Saint Augustine

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Augustine occupied a pivotal place in the theology of the Middle Ages. His works were quoted frequently by many medieval scholars. The feast of the translation of his relics became one of the most important focal points for this veneration. This chapter presents the history of the date on which this feast was celebrated. The cult of Saint Augustine developed gradually in the Church of the West. Although his veneration started immediately after his death, it was not until the Middle Ages that the cult blossomed fully. Augustine was much revered even during his lifetime. The term 'translation' means the transfer of the body of a saint from its original grave to a new resting place. It was considered to be a second burial and was commemorated annually in the same fashion as the saint's death.

Keywords: Church; feast; relics; Saint Augustine; translation

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