The Iveron Mother of God Monastery is a place of repentance and prayer for the sisters and also for the faithful who are our pious guests. In honor of the Theotokos whose monastery this is, and out of love and respect for this sacred ground, we humbly ask that you be properly attired at all times.
Orthodox clergy are respectfully asked to wear a cassock (rason) in the monastery; and to wear also an outer cassock (exorason) in the church services. Clergy are asked to wear a clerical head covering at the appropriate times.
Women are kindly asked to wear long-sleeved, loose-fitting shirts that fully cover the chest up to the neck; long skirts (or dresses) without deep slits; scarves that cover the head and hair completely and wrap or tie under the chin, so that the neck is also covered. Please refrain from wearing lipstick or chapstick when venerating icons and receiving Holy Communion. Please remove any visible face or body piercing jewelry. Flip flops and high heels are not permitted, please where modest shoes and socks that cover the ankle.
Men are kindly asked to wear loose-fitting long pants and long-sleeved shirts. Please, no clothing with inappropriate words or images. Inside, especially in church, men are asked to keep their heads uncovered. Please remove any visible face or body piercing jewelry. Flip flops are not permitted, please where modest shoes and socks that cover the ankle.
If it happens that you are not properly attired, please ask one of the sisters to assist you in borrowing something appropriate from our limited supply of guest clothing.
We humbly also ask our guests to refrain from wearing perfumes, colognes, scented lotions, etc., for the sake of those who have strong chemical sensitivities and get very ill from even these types of scents.