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.

Latest News & Posts

***May 23rd, 2024 
Here is the monastery's May Newsletter.

We hope to resume our Friends of the Monastery Gatherings at the end of July. We are expecting there to be one lane of through-traffic allowed from Santa Paula past the mudslide by this time.
***May 5th, 2024 
CHRIST IS RISEN! INDEED HE IS RISEN!
KHRISTOS VOSKRESE! VOISTINU VOSKRESE!
CHRISTOS ANESTI! ALITHOS ANESTI!

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Holy Friday, Holy Saturday and Pascha 
SCHEDULE:

Friday, May 3rd

8 am Royal Hours (First and Third Hour)

10 am Royal Hours  (Sixth, Ninth Hour and Typica)

3 pm Vespers for Great and Holy Saturday

          (Taking Down from the Cross)

6 pm Matins of Great and Holy Saturday

         (Lamentations)


Saturday, May 4th

10 am Holy Saturday 

Vesperal Divine Liturgy of St. Basil

   (with 15 Old Testament readings)   

       

 Blessing of bread, wine and dates 

to be eaten during 

the Reading of the Book of Acts 

(partial reading: ~1 hour)


 All are welcomed to come and go

 during the reading.


Sunday, May 5th

5 am

 PASCHA: 

THE RESURRECTION 

OF OUR LORD GOD AND SAVIOR

JESUS CHRIST


Midnight Office

Paschal Matins

Divine Liturgy

of St. John Chrysostom


  Blessing of Pascha baskets

Paschal Breakfast


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***May 1st, 2024 Join us tomorrow morning, Holy Thursday, 10 am, for the Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil celebrating the Institution of the Mystical Supper. This Thursday morning Vesperal Liturgy will be preceded by the 9th Hour at 9:30 am. 

***April 28th, 2024  See here for the monastery's Holy Week and Pascha schedule. We invite you join us for as many Holy Week services as you can. 

May this Holy Week be blessed for our salvation!

As usual during this time when we are dealing with the mudslide on Ojai Rd/ Highway 150, please drive through the city of Ojai and not Santa Paula to get to the monastery. It takes longer but we are still accessible.
***April 23rd, 2024  Read the monastery's April Newsletter here. Also, join us in greeting His Eminence, Archbishop BENJAMIN, this Friday and Saturday.
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CELEBRATE LAZARUS SATURDAY
AT THE MONASTERY!

His Eminence, Archbishop BENJAMIN,
will visit the monastery
and serve on:

Friday, April 26th, 4pm Vigil 
Saturday, April 27th, 10 am Divine Liturgy (preceded by Hours at 9:30am)

If you plan to come, please drive to the monastery from the city of Ojai, rather than Santa Paula.

There is currently NO access from the city of Santa Paula to the monastery due to the mudslide on Highway 150/ Ojai Rd, south of the monastery. 

Don't trust Google directions:
The only way to get to us is through Ojai!
 
You may want to give yourself extra commuting time as the famous Ojai Tennis Tournament will be taking place in Ojai on Friday and Saturday. Expect increased traffic through the city of Ojai!

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***April 19th, 2024 Save the Date!

*Tomorrow, Saturday, 7 am: 
Matins with Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos

*This Sunday, April 21st, 10 am: 
Divine Liturgy at St. Herman Church in Oxnard.
 
*Next Friday & Saturday, April 26th and 27th: 
Lazarus Saturday with His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin. 
4 pm Vigil on Friday. 10 am Divine Liturgy on Saturday.
***February 21st, 2024
The monastery's latest newsletter is available here.  

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