The History of Saint Barbara

This is great! I love the rich history!

Jon Vreeland - Writer/Poet/Human

Today, December 4th, is Feast Day for the Greek Christian martyr and saint, who our American Riviera called Santa Barbara, is named after. Saint Barbara was born in Heliopolis, Phoenicia, back in the 3rd Century A.D. She is considered one of the “Fourteen Holy Helpers,” a group of venerated Saints during the epidemic of an arbitrary disease that killed up to 200 million Europeans in the heart of the 14th Century, known as the Plague, or, the Black Death.

Saint Barbara was known to be extraordinarily beautiful. She was locked away in a tower by order of her wealthy Pagan father, Dioscorus. According to Catholic history, Dioscorus wanted to “protect” her from the corrupted world, but was not a Christian himself. Dioscorus sent his pagan teachers to her secluded tower where they taught her the worship of pagan gods. Barbara stared out of her tower window every day…

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