Dec 3, 2012 by

December 4

Saint Barbara


Patron Saint of the dying, storms, brewers, military,

firefighters, artillery, architects, builders,

carpenters, miners, prisoners, mariners;

against lightening, sudden death



December 4


against death by artillery

against explosions

against fire

against impenitence

against lightning

against mine collapse

against storms

ammunition magazines

ammunition workers






bomb technicians

brass workers




construction workers

dying people

explosives workers

fire prevention



fireworks manufacturers


foundry workers






against lightning





military engineers



ordnance workers


safety from storms


saltpetre workers


stone masons



sudden death





Amaroni, Italy

Barbara, Italy

Colleferro, Italy

Montecatini Terme, Italy

Paterno, Sicily

Rieti, Italy

Santa Barbara, California


Toa Alto, Puerto Rico

Extract from St. Barbara: “Virgin and Martyr. . . According to these narratives, which are essentially the same, Barbara was the daughter of a rich heathen named Dioscorus. She was carefully guarded by her father who kept her shut up in a tower in order to preserve her from the outside world. An offer of marriage which was received through him she rejected. Before going on a journey her father commanded that a bath-house be erected for her use near her dwelling, and during his absence Barbara had three windows put in it, as a symbol of the Holy Trinity, instead of the two originally intended. When her father returned she acknowledged herself to be a Christian; upon this she was ill-treated by him and dragged before the prefect of the province, Martinianus, who had her cruelly tortured and finally condemned her to death by beheading. The father himself carried out the death-sentence, but in punishment for this he was struck by lightning on the way home and his body consumed. . . . She was called upon as intercessor to assure the receiving of the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Eucharist at the hour of death. . . ” See PICTURES of Saint Barbara. See also: Saint Barbara (Multilingual), Life of Saint Barbara (EN), Santa Bárbara Virgen y Mártir (SP)Santa Bárbara (SP), Santa Barbara Martire (IT), Sainte Barbe (FR), Święta Barbara (PO). VIDEOS: Barbara, Virgin and Martyr, Dec 04 – Homily: St. Barbara, Saint Barbara Artillery Invocation. PRAYERS to Saint Barbara, Orazione a santa Barbara martire.

Extract from Saint Barbara: “A beautiful maiden imprisoned in a high tower by her father Dioscorus for disobedience. While there, she was tutored by philosophers, orators and poets. From them she learned to think, and decided that polytheism was nonsense. With the help of Origen and Valentinian, she converted to Christianity. . . Her association with things military and with death that falls from the sky led to her patronage of all things related to artillery, and her image graced powder magazines and arsenals for years. One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.”See pictures of Saint Barbara, Prayers to St. Barbara.

Extract from Saint Barbara: “Saint Barbara, known in the Eastern Orthodox Church as the Great Martyr Barbara (3rd century – December 4, 306), was a Christian saint and martyr. Although there is no reference to her in the authentic early Christian writings, nor in the original recension of Saint Jerome’s martyrology, veneration of her was common from the seventh century. Because of doubts about the historicity of her legend, she was removed from the liturgical calendar of the Roman rite in 1969. However, she continues to be a popular saint in modern times, perhaps best known as the patron saint of artillerymen, military engineers, miners and others who work with explosives because of her old legend’s association with lightning, and also of mathematicians.”

Extract from Saint Barbara: “Saint Barbara lived in the 4th century and was brought up as a heathen. A tyrannical father, Dioscorus, had kept her jealously secluded in a lonely tower which he had built for that purpose. Here, in her forced solitude, she gave herself to prayer and study, and contrived to receive instruction and baptism in secret by a Christian priest. Barbara resisted her father’s wish that she marry. Then on one occasion, during her father’s absence, Barbara had three windows inserted into a bathhouse her father was constructing. Her purpose was thereby to honor the Trinity. Dioscorus was enraged by her action and by her conversion. So he himself denounced her before the civil tribunal. She was horribly tortured, and at last was beheaded. Her own father, merciless to the last, acted as her executioner. God, however, speedily punished her persecutors. While her soul was being borne by angels to Paradise, a flash of lightning struck Dioscorus, and he was hurried before the judgment seat of God.”

(b. 210 AD.) Extract from Saint Barbara: “Born in Nicomedia in Asia Minor to a wealthy salesman named Dioskuros but the mother died shortly after birth. When Barbara heard that Bishop Origenus would arrive in Alexandria she wrote him a letter, asking to be enlightened about Christianity. Her father, who was afraid that the Christian faith would affect his business negatively, tried in every way to convert Barbara from Christianity. The legend about how her slayers (her father and Maximinus – the prison guard) were destroyed by lightning resulted in her being the patron saint against lightning, fire and sudden death. When black powder was introduced to the western world she also became the patron saint against accidents due to explosions.”

(d. 235) Extract from Ancient Military History Suite “St Barbara is one of the most well known of a class of military saints of the Early Church. She is venerated by artillerymen worldwide. She is believed to have lived near in Asia Minor (today Izmit, Turkey) in the third century AD. Barbara converted to Christianity and Dioscurus, a heathen, denounced her and ordered her brutally tortured and killed by beheading in the year 235. After her death Dioscurus was immediately struck dead by a bolt of lightening. She was later canonized by the Catholic Church.”



The Missionaries of Mercy and our collaborators have prayed for the intercession of St. Barbara on behalf of those affected by the following disasters:

Bombings in Nigeria (December 24, 2010) (Africa) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: January 3 – January 16, 2010.

Political and Ethnic Violence in Sudan (January 2010) (Ongoing) (Africa) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: January 18 – January 31, 2010.

Terrorist Bombings in Indonesia (July 17, 2009) (Oceania) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: July 20 – August 02, 2009.

Car Bombing in Spain (July 24, 2009) (Europe) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: October 12 – October 25, 2009.

Coal Mine Blast  in China (February 22, 2009) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions:  March 2 – March 16, 2009.

Conflict between Israel and Hamas  in Israel (December 29, 2008) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: January 5, 2009 – January 18, 2009.



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