Pious Saint Parascheva
Saint Paraskeva is born in Epivata on the shore of the Marmara Sea, in the first half of the 11th century. Although her earthly life was only 27 years, her ascetical work and the quest for spiritual fulfilment, granted to her the grace of God. She entered the monastic rule in a monastery in Constantinople, vesting her soul with the virtues of prayer, fasting and charity. She stayed for five years at the Monastery of the Holy Virgin in Pontic Heraklea, and then she went to the Holy Land, in order to pray and to follow the steps of the Saviour. Receiving commandment from God, she went back in her native country, where she passed away to eternal life.
Saint Parascheva’s Life
Every year, on October 14th, the Orthodox Church all over the world commemorates Saint Paraskeve. She is particularly venerated in Moldavia, as her relics have been in Ia[i, for more than 370 years already, a spring of blessings and spiritual and physical cures for those who call upon her intercession.