THE FOURTEEN HOLY HELPERS - BARBARA
The Fourteen Holy Helpers are a group of saints venerated together in Roman Catholicism because their intercession was believed to be particularly effective against various diseases.
This group of "helpers in need" originated in 14th century Rhineland, due largely as a result of the epidemic that grew to become the Black Death, but their veneration spread almost as quickly as the plague.
Saint Barbara, known in the Eastern Orthodox Church as the Great Martyr Barbara, was an early Christian saint and martyr.
She lived in 3rd century Nicodemia, now in Turkey.
In images Saint Barbara is often portrayed with miniature chains and a tower.
As one of the Helpers, Barbara continues to be a popular saint in modern times.
She has a wide range of patronage, artillerymen, military engineers, miners and explosives technician’s as well as mathematicians and protects against fever and sudden death.
Saint Barbara’s Feast Day is December 4th