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Saint Barbara - Convert & Martyr of the Early Church

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In 303 A.D., Barbara is the beautiful, twenty-yearold daughter of Dioscoro, the Roman governor during a time of fierce Christian persecution. Barbara is a pagan, but when Giuliana, a slave raised alongside her almost like a sister, is condemned to death for her Christian faith, Barbara rebels.

She valiantly attempts to save Giuliana, as well as other Christians being persecuted, boldly protesting to her father and other government leaders. When that fails, Barbara makes a daring plan for the successful escape from prison of her Christian friends.

Saint Barbara is also the story of her profound love for Claudio, the noble Roman soldier whose life she saves, as well as her deep compassion for all afflicted humanity. The courageous and holy witness of her Christian friends inspires her to convert to their religion, a decision which will eventually cost Barbara her life.

Before her death, Barbara discovers she has journeyed down the same path as her mother, who was taken from her as a child for having made the same choice, to become a Christian, which had never been told to Barbara as she was growing up.

Barbara is the victim of many acts of cruelty in the last period of her life. The serenity with which she overcomes such barbarity can only be attributed to her new faith in Christ, which gives her the strength necessary to face the most difficult trials and to forgive her persecutors.

Set in the Empire Studios, reproducing ancient Rome, Saint Barbara recreates authentic atmosphere and a realistic sense of the the time period, mingling historical and some fictional characters. Starring Vanessa Hessler, Thomas Trabacchi, Massimo Wertmulle and Simone Montedoro.

This DVD contains the following language options: Italian with English and Spanish subtitles

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This is a Region 1 DVD (playable ONLY in Bermuda, Canada, the Cayman Islands, United States and U.S. territories).


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St. Barbara

St. Barbara Feast Day:
Tridentine Calendar - 12/04

Patron Of: Ammunition Workers, Architects, Artillery, Brass Workers, Builders, Fireworks, Fortifications, Founders, Gunners, Impenitence, Lightning, Miners, Stone Masons, Storms, Sudden Death, Warehouses


    * 4 December
    * removed from revised Roman calendar and cultus suppressed in 1969


    A beautiful maiden imprisoned in a high tower by her father Dioscorus for disobedience. While there, she was tutored by philosphers, orators and poets. From them she learned to think, and decided that polytheism was nonsense. With the help of Origen and Valentinian, she converted to Christianity.

    Her father denounced her to the local authorities for her faith, and they ordered him to kill her. She escaped, but he caught her, dragged her home by her hair, tortured her, and killed her. He was immediately struck by lightning, or according to some sources, fire from heaven.

    Her imprisonment led to her association with towers, then the construction and maintenance of them, then to their military uses. The lightning that avenged her murder led to asking her protection against fire and lightning, and her patronage of firefighters, etc. Her association with things military and with death that falls from the sky led to her patronage of all things related to artillery, and her image graced powder magazines and arsenals for years. One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.


    * beheaded by her father c.235 at Nicomedia during the persecution of Maximinus of Thrace
    * relics at Burano, Italy, and Kiev, Russia


    * against death by artillery
    * against explosions
    * against fire
    * against impenitence
    * against lightning
    * against mine collapse
    * against storms
    * Amaroni, Italy
    * ammunition magazines
    * ammunition workers
    * architects
    * armourers
    * artillery
    * artillerymen
    * Barbara, Italy
    * boatmen
    * bomb technicians
    * brass workers
    * brewers
    * builders
    * carpenters
    * Colleferro, Italy
    * construction workers
    * dying people
    * explosives workers
    * fire prevention
    * firefighters
    * fireworks
    * fireworks manufacturers
    * fortifications
    * foundry workers
    * geologists
    * gravediggers
    * gunners
    * hatmakers
    * hatters
    * against lightning
    * mariners
    * martyrs
    * masons
    * mathematicians
    * military engineers
    * milliners
    * miners
    * Montecatini Terme, Italy
    * ordnance workers
    * Paterno, Sicily
    * prisoners
    * Rieti, Italy
    * safety from storms
    * sailors
    * saltpetre workers
    * Santa Barbara, California
    * smelters
    * stone masons
    * stonecutters
    * storms
    * sudden death
    * Syria
    * tilers
    * Toa Alto, Puerto Rico
    * warehouses
    * watermen


    * cannon
    * chalice
    * host
    * princess in a tower with either the palm of martyrdom or chalice of happy death
    * woman holding a feather
    * woman holding a tower
    * palm of martyrdom
    * tower
    * woman trampling a Saracen


All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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