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St. Agia Paraskevi, patron St of our town, Agia Paraskevi, Athens, Hellas, is celelebrated and honoured every year, so is this year as well.

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The procession of St Agia Paraskevi’s Holly and miraculous icon, took place yesterday, Monday 25/07/2016, with the presence of the Church representatives, the Mayor, local authorities, members of  the City Council, escorted by the council philharmonic orchestra and a large number of faithful people.

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Προστάτης και Πολιούχος της πόλεώς μας (Δήμος Αγίας Παρασκευής), στην Αθήνα, η Αγία Παρασκευή, εορτάζεται και τιμάται,  κάθε χρόνο, έτσι και φέτος.

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Η περιφορά της Αγίας και θαυματουργού εικόνας της Αγίας Παρασκευής, πραγματοποιήθηκε χθες, Δευτέρα 25/07/2016, παρουσία εκπροσώπων της εκκλησίας, του Δημάρχου, τοπικών αρχόντων, μελών του Δημοτικού Συμβουλίου, και με την συνοδεία της φιλαρμονικής ορχήστρας της πόλης και πλήθους πιστών.

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St Paraskevi was born in Rome about 140 AD of Greek Christian parents. Her father, Agathon was rich and her mother, Politia, had many attributes, the greatest of which was her charitability. Agathon and Politia had been married for many years but they were childless. They prayed to God to bless them with a child which they would raise in a true Christian atmosphere. Their prayers were answered with the birth of a girl and because she was born on the sixth day of the week, they named her Paraskevi, the Greek word for Friday.

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When she was 20 years old, both her parents died. Filled with the spirit of Christ and Christian ideals, she sold all her worldly goods and dispersed most of her money among the poor.

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Eventually, Antonius, the emperor, heard of St. Paraskevi’s holy mission. Upon her return to Rome, several Jews filed complaints about her and Antonius summoned her to his palace to question her. Attracted by her beauty and humility he tried with kind words to make her denounce her faith, even promising to marry her and make her an empress. Angered by her refusal he had a steel helmet, which fitted tightly around her head, lined with nails and placed on her head. It had no effect on the Saint and many who witnessed this miracle converted to Christianity.

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Antonius again continued the torture by having her hung by her hair and her hands and arms burned with torches. The Saint suffered greatly, but had the will not to submit to the pain.

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Antonius then prepared a large kettle of oil and tar, boiled the mixture and then had Paraskevi immersed in it. Miraculously she stood as if she were being cooled rather than burned. Angered, Antonius thought that she was using magic to keep the contents cool, but the Saint told him that he could test it. She took some of the boiling liquid and threw it in the Emperor’s face. It burned his eyes and blinded him. She stepped out of the kettle and went to Antonius, telling him that only the Christian God could cure him. Immediately, he regained his sight and humbled by the miracle he freed the Saint and ended all persecutions against the Christians throughout the Roman Empire.

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St. Paraskevi is considered to be a healer of the blind, because of the miracle she performed in restoring the sight of Antonius Pius.

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As long as Antonius was alive she taught without fear, however the Emperor died at which time Marcus Aurelius came to power. During his reign a pestilence befell Rome and many people died.

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Paraskevi was captured in a city which was ruled by a man called Asclipius. Refusing to sacrifice to the pagan gods, she was thrown into a pit with a large snake. The Saint made the sign of the cross and the snake did not harm her. Asclipius, realising that a great and mighty power guarded Paraskevi, she was again set free to teach others about Christianity.

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She soon arrived at the city in which she would meet her death. Taracius was the ruler here, and he summoned her to the palace for trial. As Antonius, he also ordered his soldiers to prepare a kettle filled with boiling oil and melted tar and the Saint was placed in it. Once again, nothing happened, and many of the onlookers converted to Christianity. Paraskevi was then tied and beaten and afterwards imprisoned and a huge rock placed on her chest.

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The next morning Paraskevi was taken willingly to the Temple of Apollo. Everyone praised Taracius, thinking that he had succeeded in breaking Paraskevi’s faith. However, upon entering the temple, the Saint raised her hand and made the sign of the cross. Suddenly, a loud noise was heard and all the idols in the temple were destroyed. The priests and idolaters dragged her from the altar, beat her, and pushed her out of the temple. The priests demanded that Taracius kill Paraskevi. She was convicted and condemned to death.

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St Paraskevi is celebrated each year, on July the 26th.

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Η Αγία Παρασκευή, γεννήθηκε σε προάστιο της Ρώμης, το 117 μ.Χ., επί αυτοκρατορίας του Αδριανού (117-138 μ.Χ). Γονείς της ήταν ο Αγαθόνικος και η Πολιτεία, που ήταν χριστιανοί και οικονομικά εύποροι. Ήταν μοναχοπαίδι. Το όνομά της, της αποδόθηκε λόγω της ημέρας Παρασκευής, κατά την οποία γεννήθηκε.

Σε ηλικία 20 ετών έμεινε ορφανή και από τους δυο γονείς, γεγονός που την κατέστησε κληρονόμο σημαντικής περιουσίας, την οποία και εκποίησε, διαθέτοντας τα χρήματα σε φτωχούς και ασθενείς.

Ο αυτοκράτορας της ζήτησε να αρνηθεί τα θρησκευτικά της πιστεύω και στην προσπάθειά του να την πείσει, της προσέφερε διάφορα ανταλλάγματα. Η Αγία απέρριψε την πρόταση, οδηγούμενη σε βασανιστήριο.

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Για να την θανατώσουν, την οδήγησαν μέσα σε ένα μεγάλο καζάνι με καυτό λάδι, αλλά εκείνη παρέμεινε ζωντανή.

Ο Αντωνίνος, αδυνατώντας να το πιστέψει, θέλησε να προσεγγίσει το καζάνι ο ίδιος με σκοπό να διαπιστώσει τι συμβαίνει. Πλησιάζοντας όμως, από τον ατμό ή από κάποια άλλη αιτία, τραυματίστηκαν τα μάτια του με αποτέλεσμα να τυφλωθεί.

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Σύμφωνα με την παράδοση, η Αγία Παρασκευή, τον θεράπευσε με θαυματουργικό τρόπο (γι’ αυτό θεωρείται προστάτιδα των ματιών από τους Χριστιανούς) και έτσι ο Αντωνίνος την άφησε ελεύθερη να επιστρεψει στο έργο της.

Απολυτίκιον της Αγίας Παρασκευής.

Τὴν σπουδήν σου τῇ κλήσει κατάλληλον,

ἐργασαμένη φερώνυμε,

τὴν ὁμώνυμόν σου πίστιν εἰς κατοικίαν κεκλήρωσαι,

Παρασκευὴ ἀθλοφόρε·

ὅθεν προχέεις ἰάματα,

καὶ πρεσβεύεις ὑπὲρ τῶν ψυχῶν ἡμῶν.

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