On the 3rd of December, we were blessed to be joined by Rev. Father Isaac Wehbe and Rev. Father George Mattar for a Vespers service commemorating St Barbara and St John of Damascus at Saint George’s Cathedral in Melbourne.

Saint Barbara is a beloved Saint in the Antiochian Orthodox Church as she was a Martyr from the city of Baalbek. Her steadfast faith and refusal to renounce Christianity despite facing persecution from her own father, is one of the many reasons she is admired. The Orthodox Church honours her memory as an example of courage and devotion to one’s faith.

Troparion of St Barbara

“Let us honour Holy Barbara,

Destroying the snares of the enemy,

She escaped from them like a bird

With the help of the Cross as a weapon.”

St. John of Damascus is venerated as a Hierarch and was a prominent Theologian, Monk, and Defender of Iconography during the Iconoclastic Controversy. He played a significant role in shaping Orthodox Theology and defending one of our most beautiful traditional art forms. The Orthodox Church honours his memory as an example of zeal and perseverance.

Troparion of St John of Damascus

“Champion of Orthodoxy, teacher of purity and of true worship,

Τhe enlightener of the universe and the adornment of hierarchs:

Αll-wise father John, your teachings have gleamed with light upon all things. Intercede before Christ God to save our souls.”

“Therefore, revered by all, God gave you grace from above to heal diseases and every infirmity. Pray to Him, O Great Martyr, that He may save our souls.”