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Deo laudes
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Deo laudes (“Praise God!”) is a popular acclamation used by North Africa Christians before martyrdom, after miraculous healings, during liturgy, and to express approval in ecclesiastical proceedings. The expression is found on stone inscriptions across North Africa, especially Numidia. In the 5th century CE, the phrase became associated with Donatist militants.

Acclamation of Martyrs

The significance of the phrase can be traced to Augustine of Hippo, who accused Donatists (Donatis…

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Bass, Alden, “Deo laudes”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 23 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2018

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