Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Holy New Martyr Paraskevas of Trebizond (+ 1659)

St. Paraskevas of Trebizon (Feast Day - March 1)

The Holy Neomartyr Paraskevas was from the city of Trebizond in Asia Minor. Having confessed his faith in Christ before Muslim accusers who sought to convert him to Islam, he was condemned to hanging on March 1, 1659.

His honorable relics were joyously taken by pious Orthodox Christians, who buried him in the Church of Saint Gregory of Nyssa. Years later, when his body was exhumed, his sacred relics were translated to the Holy Monastery of Panagia Theoskepastos in Trebizond.

A divine service in his honor was composed and published in Mount Athos by Hieromonk Athanasios of Simonopetra, the hymnographer of the Holy and Great Church of Christ, in 1996.

Holy Monastery of Panagias Theoskepastos
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