Saint Barbara is the patron saint of Engineers and Miners, If you work in a mine for example or embarking on the creation of a tunnel, you should pray to St Barbara daily for both safety and inspiration (if you are an engineer).
Statues of Saint Barbara have been found in all engineering structures all over the world, even the tunnel of London has a statue of Saint Barbara buried there.
who is st barbara and why should we pray to her?
St Barbara was born in Turkey/Lebanon in the third century,
Barbara is believed to have lived in the 3rd century AD in the eastern Mediterranean, probably in modern Turkey or Lebanon.
A Daughter of a wealthy man who locked her in a tower, confined to the tower she converted to Christianity.
Her father become angry of her conversion to Christianity and had her tortured and arrested ( as is unfortunately the fate of many who convert to Christianity) , her father had her sentenced to
death by beheading.
Her father himself was to carry out the beheading!….
After beheading St Barbara her father was struck by lightning! -Divine retribution for his horrific act.
St Barbara is prayed to during storms involving thunder and lightning for protection.
Saint Barbara, your courage is much stronger than the forces of hurricanes and the power of lightening.
Be always by our side so that we, like you, may face all storms, wars, trials and tribulations with the same fortitude with which you faced yours.
O Beautiful Maiden once imprisoned in a high tower, protect us from the lightning and fire that rages in the sky and the discord of war.
Keep us alert and protect us from the dangers that surround us.
Holy Mary Mother of Jesus intercessor for us all; we pray to assure receiving of the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Eucharist at the hour of our death.
Through Jesus Christ Our Lord, Amen.
Catholic prayer to saint barbara
Father in heaven who among the other miracles of your power, have given to men and women of holy faithAmen
the victory of martyrdom, grant, we beseech you, that we who are celebrating the birthday to life eternal of Saint Barbara, your virgin and Martyr, may through her intercession one day revive the reward of eternal life in your heavenly kingdom.
Praying to the saints is one of the best ways to “overwhelm the gates of heaven”
If you are sheltering during the storm, or embarking on some engineering feat, pray to St Barbara for blessings and let us know in the comments how you received her mighty grace!