St. Parasceva † 180

 

St. Parasceva

 St. Parasceva is an intercessor for people with visual impairments (blindness). During the era when the Roman Empire was persecuting the Church, while she was young she gave away all her possessions and traveled around, evangelizing.

She was arrested and tortured, and thrown into a vat of boiling pitch, which did not, miraculously, affect her at all. The Emperor Pius, who was present, asked her by what magic she cooled the pitch. She threw him some of the hot pitch, which burned him and blinded his eyes. The Emperor screamed and pleaded for St. Parasceva to heal him. And she did. He immediately ended the persecution of Christians.

But after he died, the new Emperor, Marcus Aurelius, renewed the persecution. St Parasceva, who continued to preach, was arrested and thrown into a pit with a snake. She made the sign of the cross and immediately it died. Eventually Saint Parasceva was beheaded for Christ.

Sources: http://www.antiochian.org/martyr_paraskeva 

http://www.orthodoxcentral.com/saints/saintparaskeva.htm

http://saints.sqpn.com/saintp33.htm

Source of Icon: http://frmilovan.wordpress.com/2009/10/26/i-want-to-bless/ 

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