Saturday, 4 December 2010

December 4: Feast of St Barbara

St Barbara (ues this is one for you Fr Webb, should you ever cast your eyes to Australian things these days!) is one of the fourteen holy helpers, and is patron saint of artillerymen, military engineers, miners and others who work with explosives because of her old legend's association with lightning, and also of mathematicians. Many of the thirteen miracles in her legend turn on the security she offered that her devotees would not die without making confession and receiving extreme unction

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