Books & Gifts

We hope you enjoy the offerings of our bookstore and giftshop! Items are continuously being added, so check back frequently. Currently, the price of each item already includes shipping, handling and CA state tax (if appropriate). You will not be charged an additional fee for S&H during checkout. If you are ordering from outside the US, email us for international shipping rates. Thank you for visiting us!


Due to space limitations, we cannot list our entire (extensive!) inventory online, although we are constantly rotating books in and out. Please email us to request a complete list or call us at (805)921-1563 to ask about what you are looking for.

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Quartet of Lavender Sachets
Quartet of Lavender Sachets
Four sachets are better than one...especially when discounted!
100 knot prayer rope100 knot prayer rope"The rope keeps the mind on the prayer, and the prayer keeps the mind on the Lord."
100 knot prayer rope (wool)100 knot prayer rope (wool)"The rope keeps the mind on the prayer, and the prayer keeps the mind on the Lord."
33 knot prayer rope33 knot prayer rope"The rope keeps the mind on the prayer, and the prayer keeps the mind on the Lord."
33 knot prayer rope (wool)33 knot prayer rope (wool)"The rope keeps the mind on the prayer, and the prayer keeps the mind on the Lord."
Akathist to Jesus the Conqueror of Death, by St. Nikolai VelimirovichAkathist to Jesus the Conqueror of Death, by St. Nikolai VelimirovichSt. Nikolai (Velimirovich) composed this deeply theological, personal expression of love for the Resurrected Lord in his own hand, on Pascha 1923, and dedicated it to Fr. Justin Popovic. Astonishingly deep and personal, this akathist is a real treasure written by a saint of our own time. You will want to use this handy book again and again.
Akathist to the Venerable Father Paisius (Velichkovsky)Akathist to the Venerable Father Paisius (Velichkovsky)Our Father among the Saints, the Great Schema-Archimandrite Paisius (1722-1794), truly is, as this akathist says, a "chosen commander of spiritual warriors, guide and all-wondrous shepherd of monks, who through the writings of the Fathers fed our souls." And he feeds us yet today, though his writings, his witness, and most importantly through his heavenly intercession.
All-Natural Lavender Essential Oil 100% Pure 15 mlAll-Natural Lavender Essential Oil 100% Pure 15 ml
Half ounce bottles of the highest quality lavender essential oil from the  fields of St. Barbara Monastery. Keep a bottle in your medicine cabinet and one in your purse or pocket for quick stress relief!
All-Natural Lavender Essential Oil 100% Pure 5 mlAll-Natural Lavender Essential Oil 100% Pure 5 ml5 ml bottle of the highest quality lavender essential oil from the  fields of St. Barbara Monastery. Hand picked lavender, steam distilled and bottled by the sisters. Keep one in your medicine cabinet and one in your purse or pocket for quick stress relief!
All-Natural Monastery Lip Balm: with Lavender & CalendulaAll-Natural Monastery Lip Balm: with Lavender & CalendulaThis mild beeswax lip balm made by the sisters features all natural ingredients including shea butter, sweet almond oil and our homegrown lavender and calendula (aka pot marigold). 
Book for CommemorationBook for CommemorationIn  the Russian tradition, this book is  handed to the priest with the small prosphora before the beginning of the liturgy.
Book: A Christian Ending: A Handbook for Burial in the Ancient Christian TraditionBook: A Christian Ending: A Handbook for Burial in the Ancient Christian TraditionA handbook for burial in the ancient Christian tradition. While aimed at Orthodox Christians, this book would be a very helpful guide to anyone who is interested in preparing for a funeral within the context of community, without the use of corporate funeral homes, and using green and sustainable methods. 
Book: A Collection of Letters to Nuns, by Saint AnatolyBook: A Collection of Letters to Nuns, by Saint AnatolyOriginally published in Russian in 1910, this volume is made up of 382 letters of spiritual counsel by the Optina Elder Hieroschemamonk Anatoly (Zertsalov) to nuns. These letters, while originally addressed to nuns, can be applied with profit to all Christians, both monastic and lay. Written in a tone that is both firm and tender, they are the words of a caring father for his spiritual children. Includes the life of St. Anatoly, a glossary, an index of topics, and a table of letters.
Book: A History of the Church of RussiaBook: A History of the Church of RussiaContents:
Introduction of Christianity into Russia
Further Establishment of the Faith. The first Monasteries
Period during which the Metropolitans sat at Kieff; till the invasion of the Tartars, A.D. 1072 to A.D. 1240
Period during which the Metropolitans sat at Vladimir
Period during which the Metropolitans resided at Moscow
The Patriarchs.
Job, first Patriarch, A.D. 1587
Hermogenes, second Patriarch, A.D. 1606
Philaret, third Patriarch, A.D. 1620
Joasaph I., fourth Patriarch, A.D. 1631
Joseph, fifth Patriarch, A.D. 1642
Nikon, sixth Patriarch, A.D. 1653
Joasaph II., seventh Patriarch, A.D. 1667
Pitirim, eighth Patriarch, A.D. 1672
Joachim, ninth Patriarch, A.D. 1673
Adrian, tenth Patriarch, A.D. 1690
Stephen Yavorsky, Guardian of the Patriarchate, A.D. 1701
The Most Holy Synod, A.D. 1721.
Book: A Layman in the Desert: Monastic Wisdom for a Life in the WorldBook: A Layman in the Desert: Monastic Wisdom for a Life in the WorldDr Daniel G. Opperwall is a husband, a father, and a layman. He teaches theology, patristics, and history at the Orthodox School of Theology at Trinity College, University of Toronto.
Book: A Song in the Furnace: The Message of the Book of DanielBook: A Song in the Furnace: The Message of the Book of DanielLike Daniel, we also live in Babylon, awaiting its apocalyptic fall, and like Daniel’s three holy and youthful friends, we also increasingly stand face to face with Nebuchadnezzar as he demands our cultural submission to an alien ideology. . . . This then is the urgent message of the Book of Daniel. As we stand before the powers of the age and hear the demand for cultural assimilation and surrender to secularism, we must make our own the words of the three young men to the king as the furnace of fury burned before them.
Book: Ages of the Spiritual Life, by Paul EvdokimovBook: Ages of the Spiritual Life, by Paul EvdokimovPaul Evdokimov (1902-1970) was a professor at St Sergius Theological Institute in Paris, Director of the Center of Orthodox Studies and served as the Director of the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Geneva. He has been appropriately called a theological bridge between East and West because he brings patristic insights to bear upon modern situations.
Book: An Englishman in the Court of the TsarBook: An Englishman in the Court of the Tsar

An Englishman in the Court of the Tsar: The Spiritual Journey of Charles Sydney Gibbes

Book: An Unbroken Circle: Linking Ancient African Christianity to the African-American ExperienceBook: An Unbroken Circle: Linking Ancient African Christianity to the African-American ExperienceA unique collection of essays by various clergy and laypeople from many churches and countries, showing the profound connection between the origins of the Church in the ancient world and the struggle of African Americans to find an authentic expression of their faith. Now in its second printing, An Unbroken Circle has been instrumental in introducing Orthodoxy to a wide audience.
Book: Arvo Pärt: Out of SilenceBook: Arvo Pärt: Out of Silence

“A luminous engagement of music, philosophy, and belief.” 

    — LAURIE ANDERSON, Composer, musician, performance artist

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