Barbara of Heliopolis

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Our holy mother among the saints and Great-martyr Barbara of Heliopolis', hailed from the city of Heliopolis [1] lived during the reign of the impious tyrant Mazimian (286-305). Her feast day is commemorated by the church December 4.


The martyrdom of St. Barbara [2] ...

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Troparion, Tone 4

Let us praise holy Barbara who has broken the snares of the enemy. By the help of the weapon of the Cross, she has escaped as a bird and flown Godwards.

Kontakion, Tone 4

Great Martyr Barbara, thou didst follow Him Who is praised in Trinity, having abandoned the idols' shrines. Thou didst strive in the midst of the arena, not shrinking from the tyrants' threats. Thou didst cry out in a strong voice: I worship the Trinity, the One Divinity.

See also


  1. Heliopolis, is today known as Baalbek. It was a well known Syrian city located between Lebanon and the mountain ranges of anti-Lebanon. In 1924, it became part of Lebanon and was named Baalbek.
  2. Barbara is pronounced Varvara.