St. Barbara's Day (04/12)

December 4 in the Catholic liturgical calendar celebrates the Day of St. Barbara (St. Barbara's Day), whose name is associated with a beautiful legend.

The Holy Great Martyr Barbara was the daughter of the noble pagan Dioscorus, she lived with her father in the city of Iliopolis of Phoenicia, during the reign of Maximian Galerius (305-311). She lost her mother early and was surrounded by servants, among whom were many Christians.

When Dioscorus learned that his beloved daughter had become a Christian secretly from her father, her father's anger knew no bounds. The girl was shut up in a tower attached to his house. All attempts to force Barbara to abandon the Christian faith, again worshiping pagan gods, were rejected.