Césad Stephain ‘The suffering/passion of (St) Stephen’

  • Middle Irish
  • prose
  • Irish religious texts, Passion, Homily
Homily on the passion of St Stephen
Césad Stephain
‘The suffering/passion of (St) Stephen’
or Césad Sepain, Césad Zephain, etc.
First words (prose)
  • In mundo presúram habebitis, sed confidite, quia ego uici mundum. / cumair m-briathar-so, ic tairchetul in ingrema ...
p. 34a–34b
beg. In mundo presúram habebitis, sed confidite, quia ego uici mundum
  • Middle Irish
  • Secondary language(s): Hiberno-Latin
  • Parts are in Latin.
prose (primary)


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Saint Stephen
Saint Stephen
(d. 36)
According to the Acts of the Apostles, a deacon in Jerusalem, a Hellenist convert to Christianity and early Christian martyr. When he was brought to trial for blasphemy, he delivered a speech to defend his faith, which enraged rabbinic officials, as a result of which he was stoned to death.

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Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] [tr.] Atkinson, Robert, The passions and the homilies from Leabhar Breac: text, translation and glossary, Todd Lecture Series, 2, Dublin: Hodges, Figgis, 1887.  

Note that there are various references throughout the book to material in the appendix, but in the introduction, Atkinson states he regrets “that I have not found it possible to include in the present volume the Appendix and Notes”.

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81–82 (edition); 324–325 (translation with introduction).

Secondary sources (select)

Plummer, Charles, “A tentative catalogue of Irish hagiography”, in: Charles Plummer, Miscellanea hagiographica Hibernica: vitae adhuc ineditae sanctorum Mac Creiche, Naile, Cranat, 15, Brussels: Société des Bollandistes, 1925. 171–285.
Utrecht University Library: <link>
McNamara, Martin, The apocrypha in the Irish Church, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1975.
Dennis Groenewegen
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