The patron saint of field artillery

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St Barabara with two donors

Dec. 4 is the Feast of Saint Barbara

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN
Legend has is that Dioscorus, a wealthy fourth-century pagan living in what is now Turkey, locked his daughter Barbara in a tower to shelter her from the world.
His plan didn’t work. Barbara converted to Christianity and reconstructed a bath house Dioscorus had built for her, modifying it so its windows would form a trinity of light. In a rage, Dioscurus murdered Barbara before “he was struck down and consumed by a blinding flash of lightning,” the 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division explained on its website.

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One Response to The patron saint of field artillery

  1. Toad says:

    “Dioscurus murdered Barbara before “he was struck down and consumed by a blinding flash of lightning,”
    ..Shutting the stable door, really. Maybe an early example of that classic oxymoron, “Military Intelligence”?

    “Barbara converted to Christianity and reconstructed a bath house Dioscorus had built for her, modifying it so its windows would form a trinity of light..”
    Maybe she should be the patron saint of property developers, instead of bombs?
    Homely-looking lass. Proficient at Leggo, it would seem.

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