O Holy Great Martyr Barbara, pray to God for us...

St. Barbara Orthodox Monastery is a women's monastic community of the Diocese of the West of the Orthodox Church in America, under the omophorion of His Eminence, Archbishop BENJAMIN. The Monastery was founded in 1992 and has been located in Santa Paula, California, since late 2005.  

The Sisters maintain a regular cycle of daily liturgical services and partly earn their living growing lavender and producing lavender products, giving retreats, producing icon  greeting cards, and operating a small bookstore and online gift shop where local honey is sold. 

We strive daily to live out the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ in community, seeking to love God and neighbor through prayer, hospitality and labor.

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***December 25, 2019
Christ is born! Glorify Him! 
This month's newsletter is available here.
***December 3, 2019
Vigil for the Great Martyr Barbara will commence tonight at 4 PM followed by a meal at approximately 6:45 PM.

Despite rain predicted for our Feast Day of St. Barbara tomorrow, Dec. 4th, we will proceed with the Liturgy @ 10 AM preceded by the Hours at 9:40 AM and the greeting of the visiting icon of the Veil of the Mother of God "Krogosvyetnaya."

Bring an umbrella and appropriate footwear!
You are cordially invited to celebrate

4 PM, Tuesday, December 3rd
Vigil (Vespers, Matins, 1st Hour)

10 AM, Wednesday, December 4th
Divine Liturgy and Cross Procession

His Eminence, Archbishop BENJAMIN, presiding.
*** November 29, 2019

Visiting Icon
of the Veil of the Most Holy Theotokos "Krugosvyetnaya"

December 4th, 2019
10 AM

In conjunction with the celebration of the
Altar Feast of the monastery,
the Feast of the Great Martyr Barbara.

This traveling icon has been on tour since September 2017
and has been blessed by
Schema-archimandrite Iliya (Nozdrin),
confessor of the Most Holy Patriarch,
Kirill of Moscow and All Russia,
as well as Metropolitan Hilarion
of Eastern America and New York (ROCOR).
***October 26, 2019


At this time, St. Barbara Monastery is in no particular danger from fire.

However, due to the fires burning in Southern California, the predicted weather conditions and the power outage announced for our area, the Monastery has cancelled the October Friends' Gathering scheduled for October 27, 2019.

Please help us spread the word about this cancellation.
***October 22, 2019 This upcoming Sunday's Friends of the Monastery Gathering will feature a 4pm talk entitled Working Out Our Salvation Together: Practical Strategies for Strengthening Relationships by Xenia Enke. Please bring your favorite dish to share at the potluck following Vespers. Our current newsletter is available here.
***September 25, 2019 Read the September edition of the monastery newsletter here. The Friends of the Monastery Gathering will be held this Sunday, Sept. 29. Fr Michael Laffoon will be giving a presentation at 4 pm entitled The Orthodox Veneration of the Saints. Vespers and potluck to follow. Please bring a main or side dish, salad or dessert to share.
***July 24, 2019 The July Newsletter is available here. Please join us for our next Friends Gathering this Sunday featuring Dr. John Mark Reynolds whose presentation is entitled The Orthodox Moment: The Decline of Secularism and the Opportunity of an Orthodox Education. Vespers and a potluck will follow this 4pm presentation.

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