Paraskeve the New
PARASKEVE (rom. Parascheva, hbs. Petka) also called 'the New' or 'the Young', Saint, celebrated on the 14/27th of October.
Particularly venerated today in the historical region of Moldavia (in Romania), Serbia, Bulgaria, but also generally in the Balkans. Considered as protector of Moldavia.
Born in Epivat (Thrace – Byzantium, near Constantinople) in 11th century, Paraskeve was of noble origin. She heard in her childhood the words of the Gospel that said that everyone who wants to follow Lord Jesus must give up anything for it; therefore, in her first youth, she gave up the world for the "desert". She is especially beloved by the Orthodox peoples of Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania.
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