14 June 2021

2021-06-14 The Name Day of Victoria Romanovna, fiancée of Grand Duke George of Russia

On June 14 (June 1 according to the Julian Calendar), 2021, Victoria Romanovna, the fiancée of H.I.H. The Tsesarevich and Grand Duke George of Russia, celebrated her first name day since her conversion to Holy Orthodoxy on July 12, 2020. (See http://imperialhouse.ru/rus/allnews/news/2020/2020-07-14-vizit-v-sankt-peterburg-e-i-v-gosudarya-naslednika-tsesarevicha-i-velikogo-knyazya-georgiya-mikhajlovicha-11-13-iyulya-2020-goda.html) and betrothal with the Grand Duke on January 24, 2021 (see http://imperialhouse.ru/rus/allnews/news/2021/2021-01-24-v-kostromskom-ipatevskom-monastyre-sostoyalos-obruchenie-tsesarevicha-georgiya-mikhajlovicha-i-ego-nevesty-gospozhi-viktorii-romanovny-bettarini-2.html). Victoria Romanovna took the name Victoria in honour of the Holy Martyr Victoria of Rome and in memory of her future husband’s great-grandmother, Grand Duchess (and then Empress-in-Exile) Victoria Feodorovna (1876-1936), who, according to Metropolitan Antonii (Khroapovitsky), of blessed memory, “with amazing speed and yet great sincerity, was imbued with the spirit of Orthodoxy” (see https://russportal.ru/index.php?id=church_writing.antony_khrapovitsky1962_09_070).

 

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A prosperous and peaceful life, health and salvation, and success in all good endeavors, grant, O Lord, to the Most Pious and Right-Believing Grand Duchess Maria of Russia, her Heir, the Right-Believing Tsarevich and Grand Duke George of Russia, and his fiancée, the Right-Believing Victoria Romanovna and their families, and preserve them for many years!

 

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The Holy Martyr Victoria of Rome (of Solun)

(Official translations are not yet available in English)

 

Troparion, tone 4: Агница Твоя, Иисусе, Виктория / зовет велиим гласом: / Тебе, Женише мой, люблю, / и, Тебе ищущи, страдальчествую, / и сраспинаюся, и спогребаюся Крещению Твоему, / и стражду Тебе ради, / яко да царствую в Тебе, / и умираю за Тя, да и живу с Тобою, / но яко жертву непорочную, приими мя, с любовию пожершуюся Тебе. / Тоя молитвами, / яко Милостив, спаси души наша.

 

Kontakion, tone 2: Храм Твой всечестный яко цельбу душевную обретше, / вси вернии велегласно вопием ти, / дево мученице Викторие, великоименитая, / Христа Бога моли непрестанно о всех нас.

 

Archbishop Sergii (Spassky), Complete Menaion of the East [Polnyi mesiatsoslov vostoka] (Moscow, 1875-1876; 2nd edition; Vladimir, 1901-1902, in 2 vols.; and reprinted in 1997), mentions four holy martyrs of the ancient Church with the name Victoria.

 

The patron saint of Empress-in-Exile Victoria Feodorovna and of H.S.H. Princess Victoria Romanovna, fiancée of the H.I.H. The Heir, Tsesarevich, and Grand Duke George of Russia, is the Holy Martyr Victoria of Rome (of Solun), who is commemorated by the Holy Orthodox Church on June 1/14.

 

A detailed vita for Holy Martyr Victoria of Rome (of Solun) has not survived and little is known about her life. It is traditionally believed that St. Victoria of Rome suffered for her faith in Christ during the reign of Emperor Decius (249-251) or Emperor Diocletian (284-305).

 

For more information:

Complete Menaion of the East [Polnyi mesiatsoslov vostoka], vol. 1: Hagiographies (1st ed.), 1875.

Complete Menaion of the East [Polnyi mesiatsoslov vostoka], vol. 1: Hagiographies (2nd ed.), 1901.

Complete Menaion of the East [Polnyi mesiatsoslov vostoka], vol. 2: Hagiographies (first ed.), 1876, republished in 1997: Archbishop Sergii (Spasskii), Polnyi mesiatsoslov vostoka, po blag. Sviateishego patriarkha Moskovskogo i Vseia Rusi Aleksiia II (Moscow: Pravoslavnaia entsiklopediia, 1997). Vol. 1: Vostochnaia agiologiia, XXII, 732pp., ISBN 5-7302-0515-5; idem, Polnyi mesiatsoslov vostoka, po blag. Sviateishego patriarkha Moskovskogo i Vseia Rusi Aleksiia II (Moscow: Pravoslavnaia entsiklopediia, 1997). Vol. 2: Sviatoi Vostok, pt. 1, XXX, 398pp., ISBN 5-7302-0516-3; idem, Polnyi mesiatsoslov vostoka, po blag. Sviateishego patriarkha Moskovskogo i Vseia Rusi Aleksiia II (Moscow: Pravoslavnaia entsiklopediia, 1997). Vol. 3: Sviatoi Vostokk, Pts. 2 and 3, [1], 700pp., ISBN 5-7302-0517-1.

 

Online: Complete Menaion of the East [Polnyi mesiatsoslov vostoka]. Vol. 1: Vostochnaia agiologoiia (text): https://azbyka.ru/otechnik/Sergij_Spasskij/polnyj-mesjatseslov-vostoka-vostochnaja-agiologija/ ; Complete Menaion of the East [Polnyi mesiatsoslov vostoka]. Vol. Sviatoi vostok (text): https://azbyka.ru/otechnik/Sergij_Spasskij/polnyj-mesjatseslov-vostoka-tom-ii-svjatoj-vostok/.

 

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See also: http://halkidon2006.narod.ru/saints/saints4/100_St_Viktoria.htm#a3

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