Patriarch Kirill will conduct the Liturgy in the temple at MSU

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich in photovacation of Moscow and all Russia Kirill. Archival photoPatriarch Kirill will conduct the Liturgy in the temple at MSU© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich the image Bank

Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Cyril in Day of Russian students on 25 January, when Russian Orthodox Church celebrates the memory of St. Tatiana, will celebrate the divine Liturgy in the University Church of the Martyr Tatiana at Moscow state University.

Traditionally the center of religious celebrations in the Russian students ‘ Day, which is also the commemoration day of the patron of the higher school of Russia — Tatiana, becomes the temple in honor of this Saint at MSU named after M. V. Lomonosov Mokhovaya street.

It is expected that the participation in the Liturgy will be attended by the rectors and faculty of Metropolitan universities.

Tatyana’s day is widely celebrated in Russia. The Empress Elizabeth on January 25 1755, signed the decree establishing Moscow University. Since then Saint Tatiana is considered the patroness of students and teachers. Since 2005, the birthday of the Moscow University in accordance with the decree of the President of the Russian Federation became the national holiday — Day of Russian students. In the fall of 2007, Federal legislation was amended — Russian students Day (Tatiana’s day) was one of the memorable dates of Russia.

Saint Tatiana

Saint Tatiana lived in Rome in the II-III centuries, during the persecution of Christians. Her father, a noble Roman, secretly professed faith in Christ and raised a daughter in the Christian spirit. She never married, became a Deaconess, assisting in the social activities of the Church, and devoted himself to the service of God.

In the autobiography of the Saint is told that one day the Gentiles grabbed Tatiana and demanded that she worshipped idols and brought them to the victim. But in the temple of Apollo, where he led a virgin, she prayed to Christ, and earthquake. The idol broke into pieces, and the rubble was buried under him priests.

Then, in an effort to get Tatiana to surrender, the pagans began to torture her. As the story goes, during the torture occurred many miracles: the executioners, the Epiphany of which prayed to a Saint, believed in Christ, the angels took away from Tatiana blows and beat up her tormentors, some of her wounds instead of blood milk flowed, and the air had a sweet scent. When the Martyr was brought to the circus and let loose a hungry lion, the beast began gently licking her legs.

After the terrible torment each time Tatiana stood before their executioners even more beautiful than before. The Gentiles were desperate to break the faith of the Martyr tortured and executed her. Together with Tatiana was executed and her father.

In recent years, Russia has revived the age-old traditions of celebrating the day of St. Tatiana, in their basis — the common prayer of the Russian Church and high school.