Holy Nativity of the Lord
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Holy Nativity of the Lord Mission is a community of the Diocese of the South, Orthodox Church in America under the Omophorion of His Beatitude, The Most Blessed Tikhon, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada and Locum Tenens of the Diocese of the South. 'Holy Nativity Mission' is currently meeting on Sundays at the Barksdale Federal Credit Union South Branch Community Center (5490 Barksdale Blvd) at 10:00 AM to celebrate the Divine Liturgy and on Wednesday evenings at Fr. Jason and Mat' Ashley's House for Vespers, Bible study and dinner. There are two Orthodox Christian parishes in Shreveport, LA – St. George Greek Orthodox Church and St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church. Together, the Mission and the other two sister parishes are part of the greater Orthodox Church that is made up of over 300,000,000 Christians around the world. As one, we seek to bring the ancient faith and tradition of Christ and His apostles to the people of Shreveport and Bossier. In doing so, we pray that those who join us will experience the fullness of life in Christ and His Church.

Holy Nativity is an eclectic mix of people from various backgrounds. Some are ‘cradle’ Orthodox, while others have converted to Orthodoxy as the result of a spiritual journey. Our former backgrounds include but are not limited to Southern Baptist, Methodist, United Pentecostal, Assemblies of God, Charismatic Non-Denominational, Roman Catholic, Episcopalian and various Reformed faiths. Until recently, the majority of Orthodox Churches in the United States were made up of immigrants who brought the treasure of the Apostolic Faith with them from the Holy Lands, Greece, Turkey, Russia and other areas that once made up the Byzantine Empire and beyond. Fortunately, the theology and liturgy of the Church is now accessible to all as the original writings, like the New Testament, have been translated from Greek and other languages into English. Although the Mission uses English as the common language for teaching and worship, we still value and cherish the cultural traditions that protected, preserved and passed on the historic faith of the undivided Christian Church and seek to incorporate them in our liturgical life in order to enrich our experience together. 

We welcome all people to visit the mission. Also, because we understand worship to be a family affair, our older children, toddlers and infants join us in all services. If you are planning to pray with us one Sunday or attend another gathering during the week, please contact Fr. Jason so he can make sure we prepare a special guest packet for you. This will help you learn more about the Mission, and give us the opportunity to show you how much we appreciate your visit. 

We pray your journey of faith continues to move you more and more towards the likeness of Christ. Please know the heart, mind and hands of the Mission are available to assist you as needed on your pilgrimage. Our desire is show the people of Shreveport-Bossier the same love we continue to receive from God and, by His grace, demonstrate to each other.

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Glory to God - Phase 1

Phase 1

Glory to God! Our Phase 1 buidling project is taking shape. Next week shingles, iconostasis, doors and the remaining two porches. Please keep the construction workers in your prayers. 

All American Council Diocese of the South Video

DOS Video

At the All American Council in Atlanta, the following video of the various parishes, missions and ministries of the Diocese of the South was presented. It contains pictures and interviews from Holy Nativity. Take a few minutes to watch it and see what how the Church is growing and minstering to people throughout the south! Glory to God! 

St. Basil Home School Co-op to Meet in September!

Fall Semester Approaching

In September, the St. Basil Homeschool Co-op will meet to discuss the upcoming fall semester. If you have any questions, please contact Pres Ashley or Fr. Jason. The start of the St. Basil's will correspond to the completion of the Parish Life Buidling (Phase I). 

Katie's Chrismation!

Katie's Chrismation!

Congratulations to Katie "Nonna" Cohen on her chrismation!

Pray for our Catechumens!

Please Pray for our Catechumens at Holy Nativity

Please keep Tim, Kirsten, Alaina, Will, Victoria, George, Robb, Ryan, Amanda, Samuel, Evie, Elijah and Ava in your prayers as they prepare to enter the Church.




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Henry Luce Foundation awards St. Vladimir’s Seminary $250,000 for Sacred Arts...
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On November 20, 2015, the Henry Luce Foundation announced a grant award of $250,000.00 to Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary here to fund a three-year study of the Sacred Arts, with an emphasis on “material spirituality.”  Through a series of conferences, workshops, and seminars to be held in the fall of 2016 through the spring of 2018, the grant award will allow seminary faculty to survey the current landscape of the field of Sacred Arts and to explore the distinctive contribution Orthodox Christian theology can make within it.

“More often than not, the Sacred Arts are studied in isolation, as ‘sacred music,’ ‘sacred art,’ or ‘sacred texts,’” noted Dr. Peter C. Bouteneff, Professor of Systematic Theology at the seminary, “but the liturgy, among other things, impels us towards a holistic approach to the Sacred Arts.

“Instead of thinking exclusively in terms of history, culture, or aesthetics, the Sacred Arts ought to invite a consideration of how the holy, the true, is enfleshed through human creativity,” he explained.  “The opportunity to partner with the Henry Luce Foundation with a grant award of $250,000.00, will allow our faculty to lead such an integrated exploration and help us identify and refine our unique contribution.”

Dr. Bouteneff, along with Deacon Evan Freeman, doctoral candidate in the Department of the History of Art at Yale University and lecturer in Liturgical Art at Saint Vladimir’s, will be directing the exploration through five events, based on the seminary campus.

  • September 2016, “The State of the Sacred Arts” workshop: a survey of the landscape;
  • February 2017, “Arvo Pärt: Sounding the Sacred” conference: an exploration of Pärt’s music as sacred embodiment in sound;
  • June 2017, “Sacred Arts and Public Engagement” workshop: a presentation by Krista Tippett, host of the radio program “On Being,” at an internal seminary workshop and at a public panel in New York, NY, examining why the Sacred Arts appeal to the “spiritual but not religious”;
  • Autumn 2017, “Byzantine Materiality” seminar: a collaboration of select scholars of Byzantium, sharing their research in preparation for a larger conference in Spring 2018; and
  • Spring 2018, “Byzantine Materiality” conference: an exploration of the roles and meanings of “matter” and “materiality” in Byzantium.
  • In explaining the particular significance of the final two events, Deacon Evan said that “although Orthodox liturgy and liturgical arts are often described in spiritual terms—sometimes even in opposition to the material world—it is precisely through the matter and materiality of iconography and architecture, liturgical vestments and vessels, and even the sacraments themselves that the Spirit is revealed to us.

    “In a time when most of our lives are becoming increasingly ‘digital’ and ‘virtual,’ this project aims to explore the importance of matter and materiality in the Orthodox tradition,” he added.

    The grant award was given through the Henry Luce Foundation’s Theology Program, which aims to “advance understanding of religion and theology,” through projects that “cross religious, disciplinary, and geographic borders,” and through support for “scholarship that is theoretically sophisticated, historically informed, critically reflexive, and practically invested.” Read more on the Luce Foundation’s website.

    Planting Grant Missions:  The “new church in town” proclaims ancient fai...
    22 Nov 2015 at 8:38pm

    “Orthodox Christianity is for everyone because Orthodox Christianity is simply Christ in His fullness,” says Priest James Bozeman of Saint James Mission here.  “One of the great hurdles that we contemporary Orthodox Christians have to overcome is any mindset other than the fact that Christ is ‘the one thing needful,’ applicable and needed by everyone.  Orthodox Christianity is the reality that meets that need.”

    It was with this rather obvious conviction that Saint James Mission was planted in 2012 with the desire to bring Christ in His fullness to South Carolina’s “low country.”  And thanks in part to the support provided by the Orthodox Church in America’s Planting Grant program, Father James and his flock are doing just that.

    “We served our first liturgy in Beaufort in July 2012, and since that time we have grown from an initial six committed individuals to a group that is repeatedly filling our small rented building at Sunday Divine Liturgy,” says Father James.  “Earlier this year, with the assistance of the Diocese of the South, we were able to purchase a beautiful two-acre piece of property, and we are now in the process of selecting an architect and working to design our future church building.”

    Meanwhile, the mission is experiencing membership growth in the form of Orthodox Christians who have moved into the area and new converts to the faith.

    “The process of growth always seems slower than we would desire it to be,” adds Father James.  “But God has been gracious to draw into His net those who are genuinely seeking Him and hoping to work out their salvation.”

    Among the parish’s ministries are a summer program for enquirers and a Wednesday evening study group that currently is studying the Book of Psalms.

    “We open our doors to those who are curious during our annual Saint James festival, and we encourage one another to invite family and friends to services,” says Father James, who adds that “some of our parishioners excel at this!”

    Sometimes, Father James explains, “it is difficult to be the ‘new church’ in such a venerable and historic town.

    “The Baptist Church just down the street from our current location is over 200 years old, while the local Anglican congregation celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2012,” says Father James.  “Inspired by this, our mission has two desires—that we, too, may someday enjoy our 300th anniversary, and that over the next 297 years, through Christ, we might work to make complete all that is lacking in those who are seeking Him in His fullness.  The Planting Grant is key to making this happen here in Beaufort!

    “Am I convinced that Jesus Christ is for everyone and is the way I live this life like the rich sound of a cymbal that cuts through the static and noise that the world offers, drawing men toward Christ?” Father James asks.  “Our hope at Saint James Mission is to resonate with the sort of sound that proclaims Christ in all of His grace, love and power.”

    Metropolitan Tikhon, seminary deans guests of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church
    21 Nov 2015 at 11:23am
    IndiaMetropolitan Tikhon with Catholicos Mar Thomas Paulose II and Metropolitan Zachariah at the Muttontown, NY headquarters of the Malankara Church’s Northeast American Diocese in July 2015.

    At the invitation of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, will deliver an address during the bicentenary valedictory celebrations of the Orthodox Theological Seminary in Kottayam, Kerala, India on Thursday, November 26, 2015.  [Read related story].

    Traveling with Metropolitan Tikhon are Archpriest Dr. Steven Voytovich, Dean of Saint Tikhon’s Seminary, South Canaan, PA, and Archpriest Dr. John Behr, Dean of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, Yonkers, NY. Accompanying them is His Grace, Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Nicholovos of the Northeast American Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church.

    Metropolitan Tikhon also will speak at ceremonies that will be held in remembrance of the seminary’s founder, the late Metropolitan Joseph Mar Dionysius.

    Through its seminaries, the Orthodox Church in America has developed a strong relationship with the Malankara Church in North America in recent years. Many Malankarese bishops, priests, deacons and lay leaders have studied at Saint Tikhon’s and Saint Vladimir’s seminaries.  Metropolitan Zachariah is a member of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary Board of Trustees, while two Malankarese clergy, Priest M. K. Kuriakose and Priest Dr. Varghese M. Daniel, serve on the faculties of Saint Tikhon’s and Saint Vladimir’s seminaries respectively.

    Metropolitan Tikhon and Fathers Steven and John also will attend ceremonies marking the opening of the Malankara Church’s Sopana Academy for Studies in Theology and Culture.

    The ancient Malankara Church traces its origin to the Apostle Thomas.  Headquartered in the southern Indian province of Kerala, it numbers about 1000 parishes in India and another 200 parishes in North America.

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