St. Barbara was born in Egypt (or Asia Minor) in the third century. Her father, a rich heathen, loved her very much and was fearful some man would marry her and take away. According to the legend, he built for her a high tower where she was jealously guarded from the world. Hearing of Christianity, she became fascinated and arranged to receive a Christian disciple disguised as a physician. She was converted and secretly baptized.
Jean Bellegambe French, c. 1470-1535/36 Saint Barbara, c. 1520 Oil on panel 32 3/8 x 11 1/16 in. (82.3 x 28.2 cm; painted surface: 32 1/8 x 10 3/4 in. (81.7 x 27.3 cm) Inscribed: Et anima mea...et povere.. (on book)
Oración a Santa Bárbara Señor, que diste a Santa Bárbara una increíble fortaleza para soportar los mayores ultrajes y tormentos por ser fiel a Ti, te pedimos que, como ella, nosotros seamos fuertes en la adversidad y humildes en la prosperidad para alcanzar como ella la eterna bienaventuranza. Por Jesucristo, nuestro Señor. Amén.