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Holy Great-Martyr Barbara - 'Ideesa Barbara

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Holy Great-Martyr Barbara - 'Ideesa Barbara practiced her faith in opposition to her father Dioscorus.

Biography

4 December - Holy Great-Martyr Barbara - 'Ideesa Barbara was put to death by her own father Dioscorus because of his hatred for the Christian religion. St. Barbara was martyred under the Emperor Maximianus.

There are many stories about Holy Great-Martyr Barbara.

Ode

An Ode to Holy Great-Martyr Barbara is in the oral tradition. This Ode is often sung when the slee'a, emeh, ilbee, or iyouk is eaten.

Slee'a

It is traditional to eat boiled wheat on this saint day. The dish is a highly sweetened boiled wheat or barley, which is usually garnished with fruits, nuts, and candies.

The boiled wheat is symbolic of how Holy Great-Martyr Barbara was supposedly fed by birds while imprisoned by her pagan father.

The dish is also called emeh, ilbee, or iyouk.

Play

His Excellency, Bishop Nicholas Samra, of the Eparchy of Newton in the United States, wrote a play about Holy Great-Martyr Barbara for children. The play has an adult narrator reading text about events in the life of St. Barbara while the children act as the people.

Kontakion, Troparion, Exapostilarion, and Vespers Sticheron or Doxastichon

26 Nov. - 24 Dec., at every Sunday and feast-day liturgy.

Kontakion of the Preparation (Tone 3)
Today the Virgin is on her way to the cave where she will give birth to the Eternal Word of God in an ineffable manner. Rejoice, therefore, O universe, when you hear this news, and glorify with the angels and the shepherds Him who shall appear as a newborn Babe, being God from all eternity.

Holy Great-Martyr Barbara - 'Ideesa Barbara

Troparion (TONE 8)
Let us praise the most honorable Barbara: She thwarted the enemy's power, and through the might and the strength of the Cross, She was made free in her flight to God.

More information

St. Barbara Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on Feasts of Major Saints

St. Barbara Catholic Encyclopedia

Ikon

St. Barbara Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on Feasts of Major Saints


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