The origin of the devotion to Santa Bárbara is linked to the figure of the Empress Constanza de Grecia which upon arrival at Valencia after widowhood was received by King Jaime I, He joined her family ties. The
Empress professed great devotion to Santa Barbara; devotion which spread in various places and transcended in time. He wanted to and had to be buried in San Juan de el Hospital and thus was fulfilled after his death in 1307, being buried in the South side chapel of the presbytery.
For his devotion to Santa Barbara, in 1696 and with the permission of King Carlos II, the Royal Brotherhood of Santa Barbara moved the mortal remains of the Empress from his first burial to the new baroque chapel then constructed in the side chapel of the presbytery, work of Juan Bautista Pérez Castiel, placed under the patronage of this Virgin and martyr, where they stayed in a simple wooden casket to the race of 1936. The casket that may now be suspended on the right wall of the Royal Chapel of Santa Bárbara, where it remained for centuries, is a replica faithful that was desecrated. The Chapel is dedicated to the reservation of the Blessed Sacrament.
The image of Santa Barbara, which lies in the Royal Chapel of the Holy altar was donated to the Church the 20 March of 2001 by the army. The image was located in the former barracks of artillery Marqués de la Ensenada, in Medina del Campo (Valladolid). Data of the 19th century and in its base features a plate with the inscription “This image was venerated by the gunners in the barracks Marquis of the Ensenada de Medina del Campo (Valladolid) up to the 16 December 2000”.
Prayer to Santa Barbara
Oh God, who ever wanted to Santa Barbara, Virgin and martyr, I please you always through the merits of his virginity and his strength in martyrdom [collect Santa Agueda], grant us through his intercession that do not let that be disturbed by any danger [Chair of Saint Peter is collecting, 22-II] and to live in your service with such perseverance, that I can discover you and follow you in all circumstances of life [San Francisca Romana, 9 March, religious]. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen