Barbara (Yakovleva), nun, venerable martyr

Dates of commemoration

Feb 10

(Church calendar - Jan 28) Synaxis of Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia (movable feast on Sunday, January 25th, if the date falls on a Sunday; in the previous Sunday, when January 25th falls on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday; or the subsequent Sunday, if January 25th falls on Thursday, Friday or Saturday.

Feb 11
(Church calendar – Jan 29) Synaxis of All Saints of Yekaterinburg
Jul 18

(Church calendar - Jul 5) Day of martyric death

Sep 01

(Church calendar - Aug 19) Synaxis of all saints of Moscow (movable feast on the Sunday before August 26th)


Saint Barbara died with Saint Elizabeth on July 5, 1918, the day after the murder of Tsar Nicholas and his family. The two nuns were thrown into a mineshaft, and grenades were tossed in after them. Saint Elizabeth remained alive for several hours, and could be heard singing hymns.

The bodies of Saint Barbara and Saint Elizabeth were taken to Jerusalem in 1920, and buried in the church of Saint Mary Magdalene.


Holy relic type

unless specified otherwise below, "holy relic" means a fragment of a bone of the saint

1. Holy relic and board from the coffin
2. Holy relic
3. Fragments of the coffin
4. Fragments of the coffin

Location of the holy relic in the Cathedral:

1. Icon of venerable martyr Barbara, south wall of the narthex
2. Relics cabinet in the Altar sacristy, reliquary #7 (upper section)
3. Relics cabinet in the Altar sacristy, reliquary #12
4. Relics cabinet in the Altar sacristy, reliquary #12



Tone 4
Emulating the Lord’s self-abasement on the earth, / You gave up royal mansions to serve the poor and disdained, / Overflowing with compassion for the suffering. / And taking up a martyr’s cross, / In your meekness / You perfected the Saviour’s image within yourself, / Therefore, with Barbara, entreat / Him to save us all, O wise Elizabeth.


Tone 3
In the midst of worldliness, / thy mournful heart dwelt in Heaven; / in barbaric godlessness, / Your valiant soul was not troubled; / You longed to meet your Bridegroom / as a confessor, / and He found you worthy of your martyric purpose. / O Elizabeth, with Barbara, / Your brave companion, / Pray to your Bridegroom for us.

Address of our Cathedral

  • 4001 17th St. N.W.,
  • Washington, D.C., 20011

Phone  (202) 726-3000




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