St Barbara's Day

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Artillerymen throughout the world recognizes Barbara as the patron saint of their craft. Once a year, Artillerymen gather to honor Saint Barbara and celebrate the day of her feast (December 4), a tradition for all professional artillerymen. At the gathering, a robust meal is served and the making of "artilleryman's punch" takes place. It is an enthusiastic celebration all artilleryman enjoy, and is the occasion in which the newest artillerymen are inducted into the Order of Saint Barbara.
 

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Wonder why St. Barbara? " Patron Saint of armourers, artillerymen, architects, mathematicians, miners " Interesting stuff.
https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=166.

You just made me go look her up and it's a terrible story! Rich girl, pagan father who spoiled her then tried to have her beheaded after parading her naked through the streets, then father was struck by lightening. There's a shepherd in there turned to stone too- he betrayed her. Poor girl.
 

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Wonder why St. Barbara? " Patron Saint of armourers, artillerymen, architects, mathematicians, miners " Interesting stuff.
https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=166.

You just made me go look her up and it's a terrible story! Rich girl, pagan father who spoiled her then tried to have her beheaded after parading her naked through the streets, then father was struck by lightening. There's a shepherd in there turned to stone too- he betrayed her. Poor girl.
My retired Artilleryman husband tells me that it is because the shells come down like the lightening that struck her father.
 
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