St. Barbara Patron of Architects and Builders
Figurine comes nicely displayed in a clear fronted box with the the Story of the saint on the outside and a prayer card inside.
It is said that Barbara was the extraordinarily beautiful daughter of Dioscorus, a rich man of beliefs. Fearful that his daughter might marry and be taken from him, the extremely jealous Dioscorus had a tower constructed in which he imprisoned Barbara. During her confinement, Barbara could readily see the beauty and order of the natural world outside her window. In her heart she knew that they were part of a master plan and decided that the idols of wood and stone worshipped by her father must be condemned as false. As her faith grew, she felt compelled to share her beliefs. To that end, she made revisions to a bathhouse her father was having built so that three windows would represent the Trinity of the Christian faith. When Dioscorus returned from his travels, he was enraged to see the changes to his bathhouse and to learn of his daughter’s conversion to Christianity. His fury led him to denounce Barbara for her faith before the authorities. Dioscorus himself carried out her sentence of torture and death. Legend has it that while the angels carried Barbara’s soul heavenward, Dioscorus was struck dead by lightning and his body consumed by fire. St. Barbara is associated with architects, builders, stone crafter, and prisoners. She is also known as a protector of those in danger from fire and storms.
Feast Day: December 4
Prayer in honor of St. Barbara
O God, who among the other miracles of your power has given to women the victory of martyrdom, grant, we beseech you, that we, who are celebrating the heavenly birthday of Blessed Barbara, your virgin and martyr, may by her example, draw nearer to You.
Material: Stone / Resin Mix
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