The Holy Nobleborn Prince Roman Olegovich of Ryazan
Commemorated on July 19
The Holy Nobleborn
Prince Roman Olegovich of Ryazan was from a line of princes, who during the
time of the Tatar (Mongol) Yoke won glory as defenders of the Christian faith
and of their Fatherland. Both his grandfathers perished for the Fatherland in
the struggle with Batu. Raised in love for the holy faith (the prince lived in
tears and prayers) and for his Native-land (Rodina), the prince with all his
strength concerned himself about his devastated and oppressed subjects, and he
defended them from the coercion and plundering of the khan's
"baskaki" ("tax-collectors"). The "baskaki" hated
the saint and they slandered him before the Tatar khan Mengu-Timur. Roman
Olegovich was summoned to the Horde, where khan Mengu-Timur declared that he
had to choose either of two things: either a martyr's death or the Tatar faith.
The noble prince answered, that a Christian cannot change from the true faith
to a false one. For his firmness in the confession of faith he was subjected to
cruel torments: they cut out his tongue, gouged out his eyes, cut off his ears and
lips, chopped off his hands and feet, tore off from his head the skin and,
having chopped off his head, they impaled him upon a spear. This occurred in
the year 1270.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.