About the Monastery

Nestled in the woods of south central Missouri, Presentation of the Virgin Mary is a women’s monastery open to pilgrims and those interested in pursuing the monastic life.

“Today is the preview of the good will of God, of the preaching of the salvation
of mankind. The Virgin appears in the temple of God, in anticipation
proclaiming Christ to all. Let us rejoice and sing to her: Rejoice,
O Divine Fulfillment of the Creator’s dispensation!”

— Troparion on the Feast of the Presentation

Monastery History

Founded September 15, 1998, with the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Job, the Presentation of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Monastery is dedicated to the Glory of God and the honoring of His Blessed Mother.

Commemorating the Feast of the Presentation, we are taught that Saints Joachim and Anna brought their most precious treasure, their child, to the temple to dedicate her life to the Lord. At the same time, the Blessed Virgin Mary humbly gave her own life to God to serve Him in any way that she could. Inspired by her example, we give our lives to His service.

The world distracts individuals’ minds and hearts from focus on God (the source of life) through the desire for things that do not last: Entertainment in its various forms, acquisition of the latest technological devices, participation in social media, etc. People think of this as normal life, but it is anything but normal when it draws the mind and heart away from God, life eternal, and prayer for the needs of others.

In a monastery, through the daily services, personal rule of prayer, and the constant saying of the Jesus Prayer, monks and nuns strive to never forget God and the needs of others.

Through these prayers, we pray for the forgiveness of sins for everyone and everything, including our worst enemies, and invoke the grace of God upon all of His children, animals, and creation throughout all ages (past, present, and future).

We invite you to read and learn more about the monastic life and to visit monasteries. It may be God’s will that someday you would enter a monastery, or it may be that He wishes you to remain in the world, but the things you will learn hold much potential for deepening your spiritual life and growth unto your salvation.

God bless you. +

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