What do you pray to St Barbara for?
Many people also seek St. Barbara’s intercession for protection from fire and explosions. She is also a great saint to turn to for prayers if you are in need of courage to hold fast to your faith amidst persecution.
What is Saint Barbara’s story?
According to the hagiographies, Barbara, the daughter of a rich pagan named Dioscorus, was carefully guarded by her father who kept her locked up in a tower in order to preserve her from the outside world. Having secretly become a Christian, she rejected an offer of marriage that she received through her father.
What does Saint Barbara represent?
Saint Barbara became the patron saint of artillerymen. She is also traditionally the patron of armourers, military engineers, gunsmiths, miners and anyone else who worked with cannon and explosives. She is invoked against thunder and lightning and all accidents arising from explosions of gunpowder.