|Saint Barbara – Virgin and Martyr
Saint Barbara was the daughter of Dioscorus, a rich pagan, living during the fourth century. He locked Saint Barbara in a tower to keep her from being influenced by the outside world. Dioscorus did not know that Saint Barbara had secretly converted to Christianity.
Before leaving on a trip, Dioscorus had a private bath erected near her tower for Saint Barbara to use. She had three windows put in the new bath which depicted the Trinity. When her father returned from his trip, Saint Barbara admitted to him that she was a Christian. Dioscorus raised his sword to kill her.
Miracle of Saint Barbara
When Dioscorus was about to kill Saint Barbara, the three windows of her bath opened and she was miraculously transported to the mountains. Her father pursued her and came upon two shepherds. The first shepherd refused to tell Dioscorus any information but the second shepherd told where Saint Barbara had gone. The second shepherd was turned to stone and his flock was transformed into locusts.