the New was born into a pious family, living during the eleventh century in the village of Epivato, between Silistra and Constantinople.
Her older brother Euthymius became a monk, and later he was consecrated as Bishop of Matidia. One day, while attending the
divine services, the words of the Lord pierced her heart like an arrow, “If any man will come after Me, let him deny
himself” (Mt. 16:24). From that time she began to distribute her clothing to the needy, for which reason she endured
much grief from her family.
Upon the death of her parents, the saint was tonsured into monasticism at the age of fifteen. She withdrew to the
Jordanian desert where she lived the ascetic life until she reached the age of twenty-five. An angel of the Lord ordered her
to return to her homeland, so she stayed at Epivato for two years.
Saint Paraskeva departed to the Lord at the age of twenty-seven, and was buried
near the sea. Because of the many miracles which took place at her grave, her relics were uncovered and found to be incorrupt.
They were placed in the church of the Holy Apostles at Epivato, where they remained for about 175 years.
Saint Paraskeva’s relics were moved
to Trnovo, Bulgaria in 1223 and placed in the cathedral. Patriarch Euthymius wrote her Life and established the day of her
commemoration as October 14. The Turks occupied Bulgaria in 1391, and her relics were given to Mircea the Elder, Prince of
the Romanian Land (one of the districts of Romania). In 1394 the relics were given to Princess Angelina of Serbia (July 30),
who brought them to Belgrade. For 120 years Saint Paraskeva’s relics rested in Constantinople in the patriarchal cathedral.
On June 13, 1641, her incorrupt
relics were transferred to the monastery of the Three Hierarchs at Jassy in Romania, where many healings took place. On December
26, 1888, after being rescued from a fire, Saint Paraskeva’s relics were moved again. This time they were placed in
the new cathedral at Jassy, where they remain until the present day.