From the OCA: Saints in Times of Trouble

St. Barbara

St. Cuthbert


This is a workbook entitled

 Saints in Times of Trouble: An Activity Book for Orthodox Children and Parents,

published by the

Department of Christian Education, Orthodox Church in America, in 2008:

Among the Saints who are profiled, St. Barbara cared for people in need, including persons with disability, and St. Cuthbert experienced disability himself. Because of these experiences in their holy lives, persons with disabilities might do well to seek out these Saints for their intercessions.

St Barbara, who was a cell attendent to St. Elizabeth in Russia in the early twentieth century, assisted St. Elizabeth in many other charitable ministries. They “set up homes for those who were disabled.” Eventually she was arrested. She could have gone free, but she chose to stay with St. Elizabeth. They were martyred together in 1918. Her story can be found on pages 26-32.

St. Cuthbert, Bishop of Lindesfarne, †687, was once disabled himself, but an angel cured him. Later, many were cured by the Lord through him. His story is found on pages 33-39.

The stories include a icon picture, their stories web references, a troparian and a kontakion in their honor, journal prompts, a map of their travels, a merge search for St. Barbara, a fallen phrase for St. Cuthbert,  and word puzzles.

And there are ten other Saints that are profiled who knew times of trouble, and can intercede for us when we are in times of trouble ourselves.

This is a resource for young people of all ages.

St. Cuthbert’s Icon from

Photo of St. Barbara from 


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