Blessed Parasceva (“Pasha of Sarov”), Fool-for-Christ, of Sarov-Diveyevo Monastery (+1915)

September 22

Venerable Parasceva of Sarov-Diveyevo, the Fool-for-Christ (+1915) was left a widow at a young age when she started living a life of wondering. Being secretly tonsured a nun, she fled to the wilderness where she spent her days in unceasing prayer and vigil. On the glorification of Saint Seraphim of Sarov in 1903, Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra visited the holy one. It was her custom to put a lot of sugar in the tea of her visitors if something bad was going to happen to them. So much sugar was put in the Tsar’s tea that it spilled over. She foretold them the birth of an heir, and also the fall of Tsarist Russia. Saint Parasceva kept a portrait of the Tsar, in front of which she made full prostrations – foretelling of his impending martyrdom and glorification. The Venerable Parasceva reposed on this day in 1915 at the age of 120.