Virgin Martyr Tatiana of Rome

January 12

Saint Tatiana was born in Rome to illustrious parents, of which her father was a Roman Consul. Tatiana was raised in Christian piety secretly by her father, and when she reached maturity, she consecrated her virginity to Christ. She was ordained a deaconess and served in the Roman churches in fasting, prayer, and tending to the sick and needy. When the young Roman Emperor Severus Alexander came to the throne, a bloodbath of Christian martyrdom began. Tatiana was arrested and brought to the pagan temple and forced to offer sacrifice. The virgin began to pray and suddenly an earthquake smashed all the idols to pieces, collapsing even part of the temple which fell on many of the pagans. The demon inhabiting this temple was seen fleeing as a shadow flying in the air. Because of this, the pagans plucked out the holy virgin’s eyes, but she remained steadfast and even prayed for the salvation of her torturers. As she prayed, four angels encircled the Saint and protected her from her tormentors. While this happened, a voice was heard from heaven speaking to the holy virgin. Eight of the torturers believed in Christ and fell at the Saint’s feed, begging for her forgiveness. These men were then executed, receiving Baptism by their blood. The next day they brought Tatiana before the judge, completely healed from her wounds. She was sentenced to be stripped, beaten, and slashed with razors, however she remained unyielding to their requests and a wondrous fragrance filled the air. She was beaten for so long that the torturers had to be replaced several times. At one point, angels came and warded off the men. The virgin was thrown in prison where she was visited by the angels who healed her wounds. The next day, surprised to see her healthy and unwounded, the Saint was led to the temple again but the same event happened as previously and she was once again tortured. They then threw her in the Circus Maximus and loosed a savage lion on her, but the lion meekly sat and licked the virgin’s feet.  Believed she was a sorceress, the pagans cut off her hair and then locked her in the pagan temple where she was found days later praying to Christ before the crumbled statue of the pagan god. The judge condemned her to beheading where she received the double crown of martyrdom and virginity.

Ἀπολυτίκιον

Ἦχος δ’. Ταχὺ προκατάλαβε.
Ἰσχύι τῆς πίστεως, κραταιωθεῖσα σεμνή, νομίμως ἐνήθλησας, ὑπὲρ Χριστοῦ τοῦ Θεοῦ, Τατιανὴ ἔνδοξε πάσας γὰρ τᾶς ἰδέας, τῶν δεινῶν ἐνεγκοῦσα, ἤσχυνας τὸν Βελίαρ, τὴ ἀτρέπτω σου στάσει ἐξ οὐ τῆς κακοτροπίας πάντας ἀπάλλαξαν.

Troparion — Tone 4

Your lamb Tatiana, / calls out to You, O Jesus, in a loud voice: / “I love You, my Bridegroom, / and in seeking You, I endure suffering. / In baptism I was crucified so that I might reign in You, / and I died so that I might live with You. / Accept me as a pure sacrifice, / for I have offered myself in love.” / Through her prayers save our souls, since You are merciful.

Kontakion — Tone 4

In your sufferings you shone brightly / in the royal purple of your blood, / and like a beautiful dove you flew to heaven, / passion-bearer Tatiana. / Therefore, always pray for those who honor you.