While Barbara was out exploring the world, her father had a private bath-house built for her.
The original architectural plans were for two windows to be built, but, while her father was away, Barbara advised the workers to make a third window ? Barbara's bathhouse became a place full of healing power and many miracles occurred there. Simeon Metaphrastes even compared it to the stream of Jordan.
She refused and her Lord gave her strength to stand firm. Barbara caused her to be removed from the General Roman Calendar, but not from the Catholic Church's list of saints.
Barbara, along with another virtuous Christian woman named Juliana, were injured with rakes and hooks and led naked throughout the city. The United States Army Field Artillery Association and the United States Army Air Defense Artillery Association hold the Order of Saint Barbara as an honorary society within the military. Barbara is depicted with mini chains, standing by or holding a tower with three windows, carrying a palm branch, and sometimes with cannons.
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