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'''St. Barbara Monastery''' is a [[monastic]] community for women in the [[Diocese of the West (OCA)|Diocese of the West]] in the [[Orthodox Church in America]]. The monastery is located in Santa Barbara, California.  The community was founded in 1992 under the auspices of His Grace Bishop [[Tikhon (Fitzgerald) of San Francisco and Los Angeles|Tikhon]] of San Francisco and the West in downtown Santa Barbara, and then, in 1999, moved 10 miles north.
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The community consists of women living the monastic tradition of a Christ-centered prayer life for the monastic members. To support the community the [[nun]]s produce icon magnets, notecards, greeting cards, as well as through writing, teaching, and operating a small bookstore.
 
<!--Currently the community is developing plans to build ...-->
 
 
 
Mother Melania (previously Sister Elayne), who was recently tonsured a little schema (Gr. stavrophor) nun, is one of the more active members of there community. She has participated as a guest speaker at various retreats, authored poetry and books and acted as guest presenter of podcasts and lectures for [[Ancient Faith Radio]]. Her books are published by [[Conciliar Press]] and include: "The Twelve Great Feasts for Children" (ISBN-10: 1888212411), "The 3-Day Pascha Series" and "The Passions: How we get into this mess and how we get out".
 
 
 
Some of her more prominent presentations include:
 
*[[January 26]], 2008 - "Monastic Spirituality in Everyday Life", St. Matthew Antiochian Orthodox Church.
 
*[[August 8]], 2007 - Project Mexico "Orthodox Basic Training Week"
 
*April, 2005 - The 29th Annual Southern Californian Diocesan Antiochian Women's Spring Retreat.
 
 
 
==Daily Life==
 
{{monastery|
 
name=St. Barbara Monastery|
 
jurisdiction=[[Diocese of the West (OCA)|West]], [[Orthodox Church in America|OCA]]|
 
type=Female Monastery|
 
founded=1993|
 
superior=[[Abbess]] [[Victoria (Shnurer)|Victoria]]|
 
size=7 [[nun]]s|
 
hq=Santa Barbara, California|
 
language=English|
 
music=[[Russian Chant]]|
 
calendar=[[Revised Julian Calendar|Revised Julian]]|
 
feasts=[[December 4|4 Dec]]|
 
website=''none''
 
}}
 
*Daily: 7:30am - Matins
 
::12:15pm - Sixth Hour (except when there is a Divine Liturgy)
 
::6:00pm - Vespers
 
::8:00pm - Compline
 
*Saturday: 6:00pm - Vigil
 
*Sunday: 8:40am Hours
 
:::9:00am Divine Liturgy
 
*Second Monday of the month: 7:00pm - Vespers, then gathering of the Friends of St. Barbara Monastery.
 
===Lenten Schedule===
 
*Daily: 7:30am - Matins
 
::12:15pm - Sixth Hour
 
*Mon, Tue, Thu: 4:00pm - Vespers
 
::::6:00pm - Compline
 
*Wed, Fri: 4:00pm - Presanctified Liturgy
 
:::7:00pm - Compline
 
*Sat: 6:00pm - Vigil
 
*Sun: 8:40am - Hours
 
::9:00am Divine Liturgy of St Basil the Great
 
 
 
<!--==Timeline==-->
 
 
 
==External links==
 
*[http://www.oca.org/DIRlisting.asp?SID=9&KEY=OCA-WE-STBSBM OCA Listing of Monastery]
 
*[http://omna.malf.net/barbara.htm Orthodox Monasteries of North America directory listing]
 
*[http://www.ocadow.org/dow_events/st_barbara.htm Photos] of 2005 feastday celebrations.
 
 
 
 
 
[[Category:American Monasteries]]
 
[[Category:Monasteries]]
 
[[Category:OCA Monasteries]]
 

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