Feast of Saint Barbara

Saint Barbara's Day~ December 4th

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Catholic saints are holy people who lived on this earth but led extraordinary lives. Each saint the Church honors responded to God's invitation to use his or her unique gifts. God calls each one of us to be a saint.

Most saints have specially designated feast days so that we can remember these holy men and women in a special way. The feast of Saint Barbara falls on the 4th of December and is traditionally celebrated by certain branches of the military with a formal dinner and presentation of the Order of St. Barbara, an honorary military society of the United States Field Artillery.

The Saint Barbara feast is usually observed with traditional breads and other wheat foods that symbolize the harvest.

On St. Barbara’s Day, you and your family can celebrate the feast of Saint Barbara with a crown cake to signify the crown of martyrdom and the crown of glory Barbara received in heaven. If you are pressed for time, a gold-paper crown on a cake or a gumdrop crown is acceptable. Another idea is a wreath of roses and lilies made of icing which can be put atop a cake.

On Saint Barbara s day, unmarried members of the household are supposed to go

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out into the orchard and cut twigs from the cherry trees and put them into water. There is an old belief that whoever's cherry twig blossoms on Christmas Day can expect to get married in the following year. Put the stems in a vase in a dark corner, each one with a nametag, and on Christmas Day they will be eagerly examined; the blossoms and twigs provide a nice table decoration for the Christmas dinner.

This year, during your St. Barbara feast, think about how God has called you to be a saint. Remember your Saint Barbara Day medal and offer your rosary or say a prayer for all our enlisted men and women who are in harm’s way.

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