Hagiography with Gold – Saint Paraskevi | Mount Athos
The holy and glorious Virgin-Martyr Saint Paraskevi was arrested during the reign of the Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius. She was tortured and beheaded by the Roman governor Tarasius in the year 180. The Church commemorates her on July 26. The embossed halo of the Saint has been crafted with pure gold with the use of the tsoukani technique.
Dimensions: 23 x 30 x 2 cm
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Hagiography with Gold depicting Saint Paraskevi with genuine gold leafs
The holy and glorious Virgin-Martyr Saint Paraskevi was arrested during the reign of the Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius.
After enduring many tortures, she was eventually released by the emperor, continuing to profess Christ. She was eventually tortured and beheaded by the Roman governor Tarasius in the year 180. The Church commemorates her on July 26
Handmade Hagiography with pure gold and tsoukani technique
The embossed halo of the Saint symbolizes the holy light with which the depicted form is covered. The halo has been crafted with pure gold and is carved with tsoukani. The artwork is coated with glaze in order for its glow to remain unchanged over the time passage.
On its back side there is a metallic hook in order for the icon to be hung on the wall and a wooden basis in order to be place in every surface and be stable. The icon bears the seal of authenticity on its back side which guarantees the gold purity.
Saint Paraskevi – The life of the Saint
Saint Paraskevi, was born in a village near Rome during the reign of Hadrian (117-138 AD). Her parents prayed fervently for a child, and God finally blessed their piety. They gave great honor to Friday, the day of Our Lord’s suffering. Being born on this day, her parents named her Paraskevi (“Friday” in Greek, but literally “preparation”).
She left Rome at the age of 30 and began her holy mission, passing through many cities and villages.
Strong in faith, learning, and eloquence, Paraskevi spoke persuasively to her fellow Roman citizens, leading them from idolatry to faith in Christ. Eventually, Antoninus heard of St. Paraskevi’s holy mission. 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, lined with nails and compressed on her head with a vice. It had no effect on the Saint and many who witnessed this miracle converted to Christianity.
Thrown into prison, Paraskevi asked God to give her the strength to face the terror that awaited her. Antoninus again continued her torture by having her hung by her hair and at the same time burning her hands and arms with torches. The
Saint suffered greatly, but had the will not to submit to the pain. Antoninus then prepared a large cauldron of oil and tar, boiled the mixture and then had Paraskevi immersed in it. Miraculously she stood in it as if she being refreshed rather than burned. Angered, Antoninus thought that she was using witchery to keep the contents cooled.
Antoninus then approached the cauldron only to be blinded by the hot steam and searing emissions coming from the area.
At this moment the mighty emperor asked for the intervention of St Paraskevi to heal him from this affliction to which she responded.
Astonished by the miracle, Antoninus released Paraskevi. He also ceased persecuting Christians throughout the Roman Empire.
Antoninus’ death in 161, a plague broke out throughout the empire. Romans took it as a sign from their gods that that they were angered by the tolerance of Christianity. Under Antoninus’ successor, Marcus Aurelius (161-180), the laws dealing with “non-believers” were changed and the persecutions against the Christians resumed.
St Paraskevi was tied and beaten and afterwards imprisoned and a huge rock placed on her chest. She prayed to Christ to help her be strong. The next morning Paraskevi was taken willingly to the Temple of Apollo. Everyone praised Tarasios, thinking that he had succeeded in breaking St 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 Tarasios kill Paraskevi. She was convicted and condemned to death by beheading.
Many healing miracles occurred as a result of St Paraskevi’s divine intervention. Most importantly, St Paraskevi healed the blindness of the roman emperor Antoninus Pius while she was in a heated cauldron. Her merciful disposition to her tormentor has made her an intercessor Saint for the healing of eye ailments.
Origin: Monks Fraternity of Saint Basil on Mount Athos
Dimensions: 23 x 30 x 2 cm