Saint Paraskeva (Paraskevi) was born near Rome at the time of the Roman emperor Hadrian (117-138), the daughter of wealthy Christian parents, Agathon and Politia, who had long pleaded with the Lord, He would like to give them offspring. They named her Paraskevi because she was born on a Friday and out of awe of the life-giving passion of our Savior, Jesus Christ. From childhood Paraskevi devoted himself entirely to the things of God. She was not drawn to children's games, but spent her time either in church attending services or at home indulging in contemplation of the word of God and prayer. When she was 12 years old, her parents died. She distributed her great inheritance to the poor and then retired to a monastery, where she received the monk's robe. After living in complete submission for some time, she left the monastery, inspired by the fervent desire to share the treasure of faith with other people. She passed through cities and countryside to proclaim the name of Christ and brought many pagans to the true faith until it was reported by disapproving Jews to the king of the land in which it was located. He had the noble Christian arrested. When she was brought here, the king, impressed by her beauty, first tried to win the saint through flattery for the idol worship, and then threatened her with torture. With manly fearlessness she replied that no torture could separate her from the love of Christ. Since Paraskevi, by invoking the name of Christ, healed all the sick who were brought to her for testing, she was accused of magic and, on the king's orders, thrown into a pit full of foul-smelling mud and poisonous animals. But through the sign of the Holy Cross of Christ, the mud became a fragrant spring meadow for her, and an angel protected the saint from all further tortures, so that the powerless king finally had her beheaded. The fragments of their relics that have spread through the Holy Church have not ceased to work wonderful healings, especially from eye ailments. Her feast day is July 26.


On the icon she is depicted as a martyr with the cross. In her hand she holds a scroll with the text of the Nicene-Constantinople Creed. Two angels hold the martyrs crown, adorned with an icon of Christ Pantocrator. Behind her is Saint Mary of Egypt (April 1), and her confessor Saint Zosimas, monk in Palestine (April 4). Right: Saint Venerable Anastasia of Rome (October 29).

Auf der Ikone ist sie dargestellt als Märtyrerin mit dem Kreuz. In ihrer Hand hält sie eine Rolle mit dem Text des Glaubensbekenntnisses von Nizäa-Konstantinopel. Zwei Engel halten die Märtyrer-Krone, geschmückt mit einer Ikone des Christus Pantokrators. Hinter ihr ist die Heilige Maria von Ägypten (1. April), und ihr Beichtvater der Heilige Zosimas, Mönch in Palästina (4. April). Rechts: Heilige Ehrwürdige Anastasia von Rom (29. Oktober).


Ikone mit einem Oklad aus dünnem Metall mit einem sehr aufwendigen Glasperlenbesatz. Auf der Rückseite des Oklads, das Kontakion (Festhymne der Heilige Paraskava. Oklad wurde restauriert und Perlen wurden teilweise ergänzt.


Icon with an oklad made of thin metal with a very elaborate glass bead trim. On the back of the Oklad, the Kontakion (hymn of St. Paraskava. Oklad has been restored and pearls have been partially added.

Russian icon | Saint Martyr Paraskeva Pyatnitsa | 24771

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  • Original antique Russian orthodox icon

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  • Age

    18th century
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    29.5 x 24.5 cm (11.6 x 9.6 in)

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