Transfer of the Relics of St Barbara

The relics of the holy Great Martyr Barbara (December 4) were transferred to Kiev by Barbara, the daughter of the Byzantine Emperor Alexius Comnenos, who married the Russian prince Michael Izyaslavich. They rest even now at Kiev’s St Vladimir cathedral, where an Akathist to the saint is served each Tuesday.

The hand of St Barbara is kept in a special shrine in the monastery of St Michael in Kiev, on the left side of the church. The glove covering the hand is changed frequently, and pieces are given to pilgrims.