Saint Barbara the Great Martyr

Feast Day: December 4th


The Life of Saint Barbara: Saint Barbara is said to have Prayed to God thusly as she approached her Martyrdom…

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Prayers

Paraklesis

Apolytikion: Let us honour the All-Virtuous Saint Barbara, for she broke the snares of the enemy and she escaped from them like a bird, with the Cross as her Help and Shield.

Kontakion: Singing the praises of the Trinity, you followed God by enduring suffering; you renounced the multitude of idols, O Holy Martyr Barbara. In your struggles, you were not frightened by the threats of your torturers, but cried out in a loud voice: “I worship the Trinity in one God-head.”

Doxastikon: You traveled the road of struggle, fleeing the will of your father, O All-honored Barbara, and as a wise Virgin, you entered into the courts of your Lord bearing a lamp, and with manliness as a Martyr, you received Grace to heal the brutal maiming of the flesh. And, for those who hymn you, grant deliverance from pains of soul through your intercessions to God.

Prayer to Saint Barbara, by Saint John of Damascus: O Saint of Christ, and Victorious Martyr Barbara, you dwell not only in the place of which you are the pride, and your Grace of Healing is not circumscribed, but you go throughout the whole world to those you approach you with fervent faith, and celebrate your yearly Memory. They are healed from the wounds of sicknesses, and you bend down to the people of every age, and remove the indignant power of demons. For those in need have only to call upon your untiring help to be delivered from all dangers and trials. And for us who love and honour your care in faith, which commands honour, and who take refuge in your help and intercessions, become, O Champion Barbara, and Victorious and Ever-Honoured and Ever-Memorable, and Most-Famed Martyr, and Athlete of the Heavenly King who competed lawfully, a defender and champion for us in every trial, and a ceaseless intercessor towards the All-Good Christ our God, together with His Beginningless and Unoriginate and Worshiped Father, and the Consubstantial and Life-Creating Spirit, to Whom belong Glory, honour and worship, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

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Saint Barbara was exceedingly beautiful in appearance, worldly wisdom and wealth. For this reason, her pagan father wishing to hide her from the eyes of men, constructed a tower for her to live in. Pondering on the beauty of creation, Saint Barbara understood the falseness of idols, and her desire to know the True God became her greatest devotion. Saint Barbara decided to devote her life to knowing God, and consecrated her virginity to Christ.

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Saint Barbara’s father let her leave her dwelling, in the hope that she would mix with other young people and follow the pagan faith. However, Saint Barbara spent time with other Christians and learnt about Christ, and she was Baptised and continued her Holy way of life.

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Later on, when her father had ordered for the construction of a bathhouse, Saint Barbara noticed two windows, and asked the builders to build a third window in honour of the Most Holy Trinity.

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When her father found out Saint Barbara was now a Christian, he tortured her in the hope she would turn to the pagan religion, however Saint Barbara loved Christ very much and remained strong through her torments.

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Below are photos of the prison cell of Saint Barbara, where a Church has now been built.

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Saint Barbara’s Prayer as she approached her Martyrdom: O Beginningless One, Not-made-by-hands, Crown of Martyrs, Lord Jesus Christ, You Who stretched out the Heavens and founded the Earth, Who held back the abyss, and walled-back the sea, You Who ordains the rain-bearing clouds to rain upon sinners and the righteous, You Who walk upon the sea as on dry land, You Who command the wind and the sea and make them calm: all things obey Your Word of command, my Lord Jesus Christ, for they are Your Creation. Grant me, O Lord, this supplication, and grant Your servant Grace, that those who remember me in Your Holy Name and celebrate the Memory of the days of my Martyrdom, O Lord, may be forgiven, and not have their sins remembered in the day of judgment. You know, O Lord, that I am flesh and blood, the works of Your Spotless Hands. Amen.


Her father finally beheaded her himself.

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Saint Barbara was Crowned with the Imperishable Crown of Martyrdom, and joined her beloved Bridegroom Christ in Heaven.

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Saint Barbara is often depicted in Icons holding the Holy Chalice. This is because of Christ’s promise to her, that whoever Prays to Saint Barbara and remembers her would not face a sudden unexpected death, and would be Blessed to receive the Holy Mysteries of Christ before they depart this life.

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We are Blessed to have a portion of the Holy Relics of Saint Barbara at our Church of Saint Paraskevi, Saint Barbara and Saint John the Merciful, in St Albans.

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Below is an Icon at Our Holy Church of our three Patron Saints; Saint Barbara together with Saint Paraskevi and Saint John the Merciful.


Icons

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