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…




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.


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.