„Venerate the martyrs, praise, love, proclaim, honor them. But worship the God of the martyrs.“

273:9; translation from: The works of Saint Augustine, John E. Rotelle, New City Press, ISBN 1565480600 ISBN 9781565480605p. 21. http://books.google.com/books?id=13HYAAAAMAAJ&q=%22venerate+the+martyrs,+praise,+love,+proclaim,+honor+them%22&dq=%22venerate+the+martyrs,+praise,+love,+proclaim,+honor+them%22&hl=en&ei=8MJkTejQMISdlgeq0aGrBg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CCwQ6AEwAQ
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Original: (la) Ideo, carissimi, veneramini martyres, laudate, amate, praedicate, honorate: Deum martyrum colite.

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