Day of Remembrance orthodox/Catholic: 29 June
Name means: S: the desired (Hebrew) P: the little one (Greek – Latin)
Patron: theologians and pastors, workers; the Catholic press; for rain and fertility of the fields; against fear and anxiety, ear problems, convulsions, snake bites, lightning and hail
Attributes: Book, Sword
* c. 8 in Tarsus
† c. 64 in Rome
Paul – Hebrew: Saul – was the son of wealthy Jewish parents with Roman citizenship, but had grown up in a Greek-bourgeois environment and mastered the Greek language. Saul learned his father’s profession as a tent carpet weaver and also followed him as a follower of the faithful Jewish group of the Pharisees, i.e. as a Jewish theologian in the lay state. For his further theological training, he went to Jerusalem to the highly respected Jewish teacher Gamaliel (Acts 22:3). Saul’s zeal for faith meant that he persecuted the emerging Christian church, which he considered a Jewish sect that deviated from the law and therefore had to be destroyed (Galatians 1:13). The Acts of the Apostles tell us that in 35/36 he guarded the clothes of the tormentors when Stephen, the first Christian martyr, was stoned (7:58). Saul was commissioned to lead further persecutions of Christians in Damascus, but a wonderful encounter with the risen Christ before Damascus radically changed his life.
Joachim Schäfer: Article Paraskeva Pyatnitsa, from the Ecumenical Dictionary of Saints – https://www.heiligenlexikon.de/BiographienP/Paraskeva_Pyatnitsa.htm