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St. Tatiana Orthodox Saint History and Name Day Information

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Knowing about the lives of the saints is an important part of being an Orthodox Christian. Not only are their lives a vital part of our church history, but they are also looked at as good examples as to how to live our lives. Many are even named after a saint, and those who are will celebrate their name day on the saint’s feast day.

Saint Tatiana is one of the saints whose lives we celebrate and her feast day is on January 12th of each year. Her’s more information about the life of Saint Tatiana:

About Saint Tatiana

Saint Tatiana, also referred to as Tatiana the Martyr of Rome, was alive during a time when Christians were regularly being persecuted. She came from a noble family, which means that they were under scrutiny. At the time, the noble families were required to practice the common, pagan religion. However, Tatiana’s father secretly converted as a Christian, which means that he raised Tatiana that way, as well.

Over time, she became a deaconess in the church. As part of her life in the church she prayed, helped the sick, and helped those in need. Eventually, she was arrested and forced to make a sacrifice to the pagan god, Apollo. She refused and the temple was promptly destroyed by an earthquake. After that happened, she was tortured. After the torture, her wounds healed rather quickly. She went through several more rounds of torture, each worse than the last. In all of these instances she was unharmed by all that was done to her. Eventually, she and her father were both beheaded and martyred at the same time.

Hymns of Saint Tatiana

There are some hymns that can be found in the Orthodox Christian church service that celebrate Saint Tatiana. These are usually sung on her feast day, which takes place on January 12th. Here are the details:

Apolytikion of Martyr Tatiana – Fourth Tone

O Lord Jesus, unto Thee Thy lamb doth cry with a great voice: O my Bridegroom, Thee I love; and seeking Thee, I now contest, and with Thy baptism am crucified and buried. I suffer for Thy sake, that I may reign with Thee; for Thy sake I die, that I may live in Thee: accept me offered out of longing to Thee as a spotless sacrifice. Lord, save our souls through her intercessions, since Thou art great in mercy.

Kontakion of Martyr Tatiana – Fourth Tone

Thou didst shine resplendently, Martyr Tatiana, in thy sacred sufferings and in the crimson of thy blood, soaring to Heaven like a fair dove; hence ever pray Christ for all them that honor thee.

Saint Tatiana’s feast day is celebrated each year on January 12th. Check the Name Day page for more information about other Orthodox Christian name days.


Tatiana the Martyr of Rome

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