St. Barbara Monastery (Santa Paula, California)

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St. Barbara Monastery is a monastic community for women in the Diocese of the West in the Orthodox Church in America. It is located in Santa Barbara, California. The community was founded in 1992 under the auspices of His Grace Bishop Tikhon of San Francisco and the West (now Bishop of San Francisco, Los Angeles and the West) in downtown Santa Barbara, and then moved 10 miles north in 1999.

The community consists of women living the monastic tradition of a Christ-centered prayer life for the monastic members. To support the community the nuns produce icon magnets, notecards, greeting cards, as well as through writing, teaching and operating a small bookstore.

Ancient Faith Radio

Mother Melania, recently tonsured little schema (Gr. stavrophor) nun, previously known as Sister Elayne, authors various poems and books, published by Conciliar Press, and presents podcasts and lectures, some of which appear on Ancient Faith Radio including the series, "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".

Daily Life

St. Barbara Monastery
Jurisdiction West, OCA
Type Female Monastery
Founded 1993
Superior Abbess Victoria
Approx. size 7 nuns
Location Santa Barbara, California
Liturgical language(s) English
Music used Russian Chant
Calendar Revised Julian
Feastdays celebrated 4 Dec
Official 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

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