St. Barbara was a beautiful, strong-willed girl who lived in a pagan home run by a tyrannical father who wished his daughter to enter into an arranged marriage. According to the legend, Barbara was kept hidden in a tower. At one point she is said to have destroyed all her father’s pagan idols which resulted in brutal beatings and her ultimate death. Barbara is called upon by builders, architects and all who work with artillery. Her father is said to have been incinerated by a bolt of lightning when he killed her so she is also the patron saint of sudden death. Her individual feast day is December 4th.