St. Tatiana Icon

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Materials: lime board, levkas, egg tempera, gold leaf 23K

Saint Tatiana was a Deaconess and martyr of the early church in 3rd century Rome, during the reign of Emperor Alexander Severus (222-235). Her feast day is celebrated on January 12.

The miracles performed by Saint Tatiana are said to have converted many people to the fledgling religion. Saint Tatiana is a patron saint of students, and 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 posthumously. There is no early evidence of veneration of either Martina or Tatiana in Rome, and Prisca (or Priscilla) is hard to identify.

Troparion (Tone 4)
Strengthened by the power of faith,
thou didst contend for Christ our God, O glorious Tatiana;
thou didst endure every affliction
and by thy courage put Belial to shame.
We beseech thee to deliver us from the power of the evil one.

Kontakion (Tone 4)
Thou wast radiant in suffering, Tatiana,
and in the royal purple of thy blood thou didst fly like a dove to heaven.
Wherefore pray unceasingly for those who honour thee.