Tatiana of Rome
name= Saint Tatiana of Rome
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Russian Orthodox iconof Saint Tatiana, 19th cent.
attributes=Shown holding a martyr's cross, or a plate with two eyes on it
Saint Tatiana was a
Christian martyrin 3rd century Romeduring the reign of Emperor Alexander Severus. She was a deaconessof the early church.
According to legend, she was the daughter of a Roman civil servant who was secretly Christian, and raised his daughter in the faith, and she became a
deaconessin the church. This was dangerous, and one day the jurist Ulpiancaptured Tatianaand attempted to force her to make a sacrificeto Apollo. She prayed, and miraculously, an earthquake destroyed the idoland part of the temple.
Tatiana was then blinded, and beaten for two days, before being brought to a
circusand thrown into the pit with a hungry lion. But the lion did not touch her and lay at her feet. This resulted in a death sentence being pronounced, and after being tortured, Tatiana was beheaded with a swordon January 12 ( Julian calendar) (January 25 in the Gregorian calendar), around AD225 or 230.
Tatiana is venerated as a
saint, and is her feast dayis on January 12(for those churches which follow the traditional Julian Calendar, January 12 currently falls on January 25of the modern Gregorian Calendar). The miracles performed by Saint Tatiana are said to have converted many people to the fledgling religion. Saint Tatiana is patron saintof students. In Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine, Tatiana Day, also known as "Students Day", is a public holiday.
The similarity of her life with those of Martina and Prisca has led some to question whether they may even all be the same person, or if perhaps similar hagiographies were assigned to them postumously. There is no early evidence of
venerationof either Martina or Tatiana in Rome, and Prisca (or Priscilla) is hard to identify.
*Attwater, Donald and Catherine Rachel John. "The Penguin Dictionary of Saints". 3rd edition. New York: Penguin Books, 1993. ISBN 0-140-51312-4.
* [http://chattablogs.com/aionioszoe/archives/020064.html Martyrdom of Saint Tatiana (includes icon)]
* [http://www.ets.ru/images/ut000084.jpgRussian orthodox nyw time iconograpy of Holy Martyr Tatiana or St. Tatiana the Martyr icon]
* [http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/0112.htm St. Tatiana at Saints O' The Day]
* [http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=100155 Martyr Tatiana of Rome, and those who suffered with Her] Orthodox
* [http://www.westsrbdio.org/prolog/my.html?month=January&day=12&Go.x=11&Go.y=9 The Holy Female Martyr Tatiana] "Prologue from Ochrid"
* [http://www.tatianavit.orthodoxy.ru/eng/life.htm The Life of Saint Martyress Tatiana]
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