St. Tatiana


Feast day : January 12
Patron of students


There is very little known about this saint. According to the Roman Martyrology, Tatiana was tortured and beheaded for her faith at Rome during the reign of Emperor Alexander Severus. Her feast day is January 12th.

from Wikipedia

Saint Tatiana was a Christian martyr in 3rd-century Romeduring the reign of Emperor Alexander Severus. She was adeaconess of 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 deaconess in the church. This was dangerous, and one day the jurist Ulpian captured Tatiana and attempted to force her to make a sacrifice toApollo. She prayed, and miraculously, an earthquake destroyed the Apollo statue and part of the temple.
Tatiana was then blinded, and beaten for two days, before being brought to a circus and 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 sword on January 12, around AD 225 or 230.

Veneration

Painting showing the beheading of Tatiana of Rome from the Menologion of Basil II(c. 1000 AD)
Tatiana is venerated as a saint, and her feast day is on January 12 (for those churches which follow the traditional Julian Calendar, January 12 currently falls on January 25 of the modern Gregorian Calendar). The miracles performed by Saint Tatiana are said to have converted many people to the fledgling religion. Saint Tatiana ispatron saint of 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 Priscahas led some to question whether they may even all be the same person, or if perhaps similar hagiographies were assigned to them posthumously. There is no early evidence of veneration of either Martina or Tatiana in Rome, and Prisca (or Priscilla) is hard to identify.

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