A wall mural in the 14th century Taivassalo Church (Church of the Holy Cross) depicting the scene of Saint Barbara being beheaded by her pagan father Dioscorus, Taivassalo, Finland - Saint Barbara became the patron saint of artillerymen. She is also traditionally the patron of armourers, military engineers, gunsmiths, miners and anyone else who worked with cannon and explosives. She is invoked against thunder and lightning and all accidents arising from explosions of gunpowder. She is venerated by every Catholic who faces the danger of sudden and violent death at work.
A wall mural in the 14th century Taivassalo Church (Church of the Holy Cross) depicting the scene of Saint Barbara being beheaded by her pagan father Dioscorus, Taivassalo, Finland - Saint Barbara became the patron saint of artillerymen. She is also traditionally the patron of armourers, military engineers, gunsmiths, miners and anyone else who worked with cannon and explosives. She is invoked against thunder and lightning and all accidents arising from explosions of gunpowder. She is...
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