Saint Barbara Biography
Born In: Nicomedia
Saint Barbara was an early Christian saint and martyr. Also referred to as the Great Martyr Barbara by the Eastern Orthodox Church, she is best known for receiving death by beheading by her own father, who was a wealthy pagan. As he couldn’t accept her faith in Christianity, he isolated her in a tower before handing her over to the Roman authorities. Several miracles are said to have followed her death, such as her father being struck dead by lightning after she was killed. Saint Barbara’s veneration was continued for centuries, but more recently, her historicity has been challenged by scholars as no early Christian writings have any reference or mention of her. She was eventually removed from the official Catholic calendar of saints in 1969. Despite this, she is continued to be venerated in several churches. The United States Army Field Artillery Association and the United States Army Air Defense Artillery Association maintain the “Order of Saint Barbara” as an honorary military society as a tribute to Saint Barbara.