Romanians in Turkey offer prayers to Virgin Martyr Paraskeva on her feast day


Aurelian Iftimiu – Basilica News Agency – 30/7/17

Romanian Orthodox faithful living in Istanbul gathered Wednesday, 26 July 2017, at St Paraskeva – Pikridion Church to honour the feast of the Holy Virgin Martyr Paraskeva of Rome.

On the patronal feast of the Romanian parish in Istanbul, His Eminence Elpidophoros, Metropolitan of Bursa, presided over the Divine Liturgy with Fr Sergiu-Marcel Vlad, rector of the Romanian Orthodox parish in Istanbul, and several other priest concelebrating.

The bilingual Romanian-Greek Divine Liturgy was attended by Romanian believers and by members of Orthodox communities of other nationalities.

The church dedicated to the wonderworker martyr Paraskeva was founded in 1692 by the Wallachian Ruler Prince Saint Constantine Brâncoveanu.

According to tradition, many miracles took place at the saint’s tomb: the blind received sight, the lame walked, and barren women gave birth to children. It is not only in the past that the saint performed her miracles, but even today she helps those who call on her in faith.