Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 891
Presbyter Eucharius of Calama is healed through the power of the relics of St. Stephen. Account of Augustine of Hippo, "The City of God", Book 22, AD 417/427.
Book 22
8. [...] Eucharius est presbyter ex Hispania, Calamae habitat, uetere morbo calculi laborabat; per memoriam supradicti martyris, quam Possidius illo aduexit episcopus, saluus factus est. Idem ipse postea morbo alio praeualescente mortuus sic iacebat, ut ei iam pollices ligarentur; opitulatione memorati martyris, cum de memoria eius reportata esset et super iacentis corpus missa ipsius presbyteri tunica, suscitatus est. [...]
(ed. Dombart - Kalb 1955, 822)
Book 22
8. [...] Eucharius is a presbyter from Spain who lives in Calama and had been long suffering from the stone. He was cured by a relic (memoria) of the same martyr [St. Stephen] which Bishop Possidius brought to him. Later he was overcome by another disease and was lying there so very dead that they were already tying his thumbs together. But by the help of the same martyr he was revived when his own tunic was sent to the martyr's shrine (memoria), brought back, and placed over his body as he lay there. [...]
(trans. W. Babcock, slightly altered)


The relics of St Stephen arrived in Africa in ca 417/418, whereas Augustine finished writing "The City of God" in 426/427, so the events described here must have happened between these dates.

Place of event:

  • Latin North Africa
  • Iberian Peninsula
  • Calama

About the source:

Author: Augustine of Hippo
Title: The City of God, De civitate Dei, On The City of God
Origin: Hippo Regius (Latin North Africa)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
“The City of God” was meant by Augustine to provide the Christians with the arguments against the accusations, raised especially after the sack of Rome in AD 410, that their religion was inferior to the pagan cults that protected the Roman state in a better way. The first ten books of the “City of God” are a critique of the Roman religion and philosophy. The next twelve discuss the relation between the eternal City of God and the Earthly City.
Augustine probably started writing this work in AD 412. The books appeared gradually. Book 10 was finished by AD 417, and the whole work by 426/427.
The last book deals with the eternal happiness of the saints and explains the resurrection of the body, hence numerous miracle stories are contained here.
B. Dombart, A. Kalb edd., Sancti Aurelii Augustini De Civitate Dei libri XI-XXII, Corpus Christianorum. Series Latina 48, Turnhout 1955.
Saint Augustine, The City of God XI-XXII, trans. W. Babcock, New York 2013.


Food/Clothes/Housing - Clothes
Travel and change of residence
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Relation with - Bishop/Monastic superior
Food/Clothes/Housing - Health & hygiene
Devotion - Veneration of saints and relics
Devotion - Supernatural experience
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