Saint Paraskevi the Virgin-Martyr of Rome

Feast Day: July 26th


The Life of Saint Paraskevi: Paraskevi went forth with greater zeal to accomplish her Apostolic mission…

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Prayers

Akathist Hymn

Apolytikion: Your diligence corresponded to your name, Paraskevi, which denotes preparedness. Through Faith you inherited the promised dwelling that was prepared for you, O prize-winning Martyr. Therefore you pour out cures and healings, and you intercede on behalf of our Souls.

Kontakion: We have found your Sacred shrine to be a clinic of the Soul, O Holy one, and all we faithful now accord honour to you with our voices strong, devout Martyr Paraskevi extolled by all.

Oikos: The voice of the Bridegroom called you as a bride, and gave you an incorruptible crown, O Godly-minded and all glorious Paraskevi; and He enrolled you, as one worthy, together with the august Martyrs and prizewinners. As you rejoice with them, remember us who observe your Holy Feast and who assemble in your Church. For as we stand in it now, we soulfully offer up hymns to you, devout Martyr Paraskevi extolled by all.

Prosomia: Dancing in chorus in Heaven and in the courts of the Lord with those renowned wise Virgins, O devout Holy Martyr, most wise Paraskevi, you were given the Grace from the Lord to cure illnesses, and to expel the unclean spirits and to heal those who come to you for this with faith.

You dashed the might of the godless impious kings to the ground, and unto God, O Virgin, you directed your footsteps. Therefore you were not frightened by the lead hammers pounding you, nor the fire, nor by the scraping of your body, nor by the heat of the cauldron, nor the death by sword.

Firstly you wore out your body with your ascetic feats, fair Virgin, then you hardened your resolve in the contest. Thus, O Holy Glorious Martyr of Christ, you became like a Holy sword wrought in the Heavens, like gold smelted and refined by the tortures you endured for God.

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Saint Paraskevi was born to Christian parents Agathon and Politia. They were childless for many years and Prayed to God to grant them a child. When they were pregnant with Saint Paraskevi, they dedicated her to God, and named her Paraskevi which means Preparation – the day of preparation for the Sabbath. From a very young age Saint Paraskevi dedicated herself to God, preparing her body and Soul as a Holy dwelling place of Christ. Saint Paraskevi spent much of her childhood in Prayer and reading the Holy Scriptures.

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After the repose of her parents when she was twenty years old, Saint Paraskevi gave all of her belongings to the poor. She rejected many marriage proposals, for she was very beautiful and wise, and she was Tonsured a Nun and dedicated her virginity to her beloved Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

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Saint Paraskevi followed in the steps of the Holy Apostles, she travelled around telling everyone about Christ, and she led many people to Christianity.

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Saint Paraskevi was arrested because she converted many pagans to Christianity, but she refused to worship the idols and no worldly pleasures or enticements could shake her faith, neither did threats of tortures.

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She was imprisoned and horrendously tortured, but she held on to Christ through all this. While she was in prison and during her tortures, Saint Paraskevi Prayed to Christ to give her strength to endure this Martyrdom.

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One torture she endured was when she was thrown into a cauldron of boiling oil and pitch. Noticing Saint Paraskevi remained unharmed, the Emperor came closer to inspect the heat of the cauldron, and some hot liquid burned his eyes. The Emperor asked Saint Paraskevi for her help and she healed him through Christ, and he then ceased torturing her and became a Christian.

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Saint Paraskevi has since then helped everyone who Prays to her, and she especially helps those suffering from eye ailments.

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Saint Paraskevi continued preaching Christ, and was once again brought to another governor who sentenced her to death by being eaten by a large serpent. However Saint Paraskevi made the Sign of the Holy Cross over the snake, and it died. She was released to continue on her way, after converting the governor and other witnesses of this Miracle to believe in Christ.

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Saint Paraskevi was brought to trial again and tortured in the hope of rejecting Christ, a large rock was placed on her chest and she was thrown into prison again, however her love for Christ was stronger than these tortures. In the morning, Saint Paraskevi willingly went to a pagan temple, she raised her arms in Prayer and made the Sign of the Cross, and the idols in the temple came crashing down. Saint Paraskevi was finally beheaded, and she received the Crown of Martyrdom and joined her beloved Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in His Heavenly Kingdom in the Year 140.


Saint Paraskevi loved Saint Iakovos Tsalikis of Evia very much. As a young child, Saint Iakovos would go at night to her Chapel, light the vigil lamps, clean the Church, and Pray to the Saint.

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Saint Paraskevi visited and spoke with Elder Iakovos Tsalikis of Evia: One night, as I was going to the chapel as usual, I saw the Saint dressed like a Nun a few meters outside the Church. She told me: “Come here, Iakovos, I want to talk to you!”…


At our Church of Saint Paraskevi in Saint Albans, we are Blessed to have a portion of the Holy Relics of our most beloved Saint Paraskevi. We love her very dearly, and she constantly shows her presence in our Parish through her countless Miracles, Prayers and guidance. We Pray to Saint Paraskevi during every Divine Liturgy, and each year on her Feast Day we remember her life, and we ask for her Prayers for us to follow in her Holy footsteps to Christ.

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An Icon at Our Holy Church of our three Patron Saints; Saint Paraskevi together with Saint John the Merciful and Saint Barbara.


Icons

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Saint Paraskevi together with Saint Hermolaus and Saint Panteleimon

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Saint Paraskevi together with Saint Nicholas