● Orthodox Remembrance Day: December 4, July 11
● Name means: the stranger (from Greek)
● Martyr, Holy Helper
● Attributes: Tower with three windows, chalice and host, cannon tube, torch
● Patroness: of mining, towers, fortifications and artillery, miners, geologists, architects,
masons, stonecutters, carpenters, roofers, electricians, farmers, butchers, cooks,

firefighters, gravediggers, hatchers, weapon smiths, blast masters, booksellers,
goldsmiths, blast masters and saltpeter boilers, girls, prisoners, dying, for a good death
● Born End of the 3rd century in Nicomedia, today Izmit, Turkey or in Heliopolis, today
Baʿlbak, Lebanon
● Died in 306 in Nicomedia, Turkey
Barbara, a woman of exceptional beauty and intelligence, is said to have lived during the reign
of Emperor Gaius Galerius Valerius Maximinus, commonly referred to as Daja. According to
legend, Barbara challenged the conventional wisdom of her time by questioning the nature of
the gods worshiped by her people. In particular, she sought to understand why humans revered
deity-like figures rather than an immortal deity.
To satisfy her curiosity, Barbara consulted with Origen, a famed sage from Alexandria known for
his vast knowledge and intellectual acumen. Through Valentinus, a local priest, Origen provided
Barbara with a response to her inquiry. To facilitate Valentinus’ visit, Barbara referred to him as
a physician, thus gaining her father’s approval. Under Valentinus’ guidance, Barbara was
baptized and taught in the ways of Christianity.
Today, Barbara is revered as one of the 14 holy helpers, called upon by believers to protect
themselves from sudden death and aid those in the throes of death. Her devotion to
Christianity and commitment to the forgiveness of sins for all continue to inspire followers of
the faith. It is said that her piety was confirmed by a divine voice from the heavens, giving
testament to the depth and sincerity of her belief.