Martyr Juliana at Heliopolis, in Syria

Saint Juliana, a virtuous woman of Heliopolis, was in the crowd when St Barbara was tortured. Her heart was filled with sympathy for the voluntary martyrdom of the beautiful and illustrious maiden. Wishing to suffer for Christ, Juliana denounced the torturers in a loud voice, and they seized her.

For a long while they tortured both holy martyrs: they raked and tore their bodies with hooks, and then led them naked through the city amidst derision and jeers. Through the prayers of St Barbara the Lord sent an angel who covered the nakedness of the holy martyrs with a splendid robe. The steadfast confessors of faith in Christ, Sts Barbara and Juliana, were then beheaded.