Saint Paraskevi the Great Martyr of Rome ☦140

St. Parasceva of Rome

St. Paraskevi is the patron Saint of eye health.

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.

Her story: Full of Grace and Truth: Saint Paraskevi the Great Martyr of Rome

A story of healing: Once I was blind 

A place of healing: Saint Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Shrine Church 

See also: OCA: Martyr Parasceva of Rome 

Icon from Paraskevi, the Righteous Martyr of Rome 
Apolytikion of St. Paraskevi the Great Martyr – 1st Tone
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 – 4th Tone. You appeared today.
We have found your sacred shrine to be a clinic of the soul, O holy one, and all we faithful now accord honor to you with our voices strong, devout Martyr Paraskevi extolled by all.

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.
Prosomoia of the Praises – 1st Tone. For the celestial orders.
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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