Fasting protects all virtues. It is the beginning of spiritual struggle, the crown of those who refrain themselves, the beauty of virginity and purity, the brilliance of wisdom, the beginning of the Christian life, the mother of prayer, the spring of abstinence and thrift. It teaches us about serenity and precedes all good deeds
Saint Paraskevi, please help me! You know the suffering and misery of my soul. Pray to God to heal my heart so I can feel pure and in peace. You know all I have been through, you know the meaning of everything through your wisdom. Help me understand, accept all evil that hurt my heart! Give me patience and teach me how to be a humble person! I am sorry for all my thoughts, for all that I have said and judged. You know what is in my heart.