St. Barbara

Saint BarbaraNicomedia (Iznik), Antioch (Antakya) and Heliopolis all claim to have been her birth place, in the second half of the third century or early fourth. Converted to the Christian faith at a very young age, her father, Dioscorus, after trying hard to gain her back to the pagan rites, denounced her to the prefect of the city and himself executed the death sentence beheading her. The Passio Barbarae (the account of her martyrdom) refers that her father was struck by a lightning and died on the spot after killing his daughter. Her feast day falls on December 4.