Holy Nativity of the Lord
Orthodox Church in America
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God is With Us!

Holy Nativity of the Lord Mission is a community of the Diocese of the South, Orthodox Church in America under the omophorion of His Grace, Bishop Alexander, Bishop of Dallas and of the South. The faithful of Holy Nativity gather on Saturday nights at 5pm for Great Vespers and Sunday mornings at 10am for the Divine Liturgy and Wednesday night at 5:30pm for daily vespers. All services are held in our new church building located at 2155 Southern Loop Rd in Shreveport, LA (71106). 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.

Enthronement of His Grace Bishop Alexander

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All Saints Summer Camp 2016 - June 26th - July 1st

All Saints Summer Camp will be held at Cooper Farm in Ledbetter, TX from June 26th - July 1st. Information about camp and online registration can be found on the camp website www.AllSaintsSummerCamp.org.  

 

DON'T MISS THIS GREAT WEEK OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH, EXCITING ACTIVITIES AND MEETING NEW ORTHODOX FRIENDS! 

 

LAST WEEK TO REGSITER FOR CAMP! WE HAVE A RECORD AMOUNT OF CAMPERS ATTENDING! SIGN UP TODAY!

Hub Ministries

Great day seving our friends a the HUB! Join us the first Sunday of each month at 5:30. Location is 605 Cotton St in downtown Shreveport. 

VBS 2016

Thanks to everone who made VBS 2016 a success! 

New Church Building Update

South Entrance
South Entrance
South Entrance
Inside Nativity Night
Inside Nativity Night
Inside Nativity Night
Parish Hall/Rec Area
Parish Hall/Rec Area
Parish Hall/Rec Area

We are getting closer to formally moving into our new location at 2155 Southern Loop Dr in Shreveport. Following are a view pics of where we are in construction process!

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! 

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Send us your summer camp, VCS photos!
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VCS

School’s out, and that means the summer months will be filled with another round of camp and Vacation Church School programs.  Once again, we’d like to add your favorite photos to the Orthodox Church in America’s on-line galleries!

Camp and VCS directors and participants are invited to send up to five [5] photos of their activities to info@oca.org for inclusion in the gallery.  Please indicate the name, location and dates of the program.  Captions are not necessary, but appreciated.

The deadline for submitting photos is Monday, August 21, 2016.







Holy Synod of Bishops issues “Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs Regarding Marr...
23 Jun 2016 at 3:09pm
Synod

On June 16, 2016, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America approved a statement entitled “Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs Regarding Marriage.” The purpose of that statement was to articulate the basic and fundamental beliefs of the Orthodox Church in America regarding marriage and to do so in terms which could be understood and applied by federal, state, and local governmental officials without the necessity of any probing inquiry or interpretation which might require them to transgress limitations imposed on them by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and by related federal or state legislation such as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. The document is descriptive of marriage in the Orthodox understanding and also establishes guidelines regarding the usage of church property in related respects.

The text of the document has been posted here and is available in PDF format.



Our Heritage:  New STM Press title highlights St. Tikhon’s instructions,...
23 Jun 2016 at 10:06am
St. Tikhon

Saint Tikhon’s Monastery Press recently released its latest title, Saint Tikhon of Moscow: Instructions & Teachings for the American Orthodox Faithful (1898-1907).

“Saint Tikhon is the father of the contemporary Orthodox Church of America—his vision, his love and his hope,” said Archimandrite Sergius, Abbot of Saint Tikhon’s Monastery.  “By deeply embracing his words, we will enter into his vision which was inspired from above and through his words and instructions we will be empowered to find our salvation in our modern world.”

Born Vasilii Ivanovich Bellavin in 1865, Saint Tikhon was bishop and later archbishop in North America from the end of 1898 until the spring of 1907.  His episcopate was the lengthiest of any hierarch serving in North America between the diocese’s establishment in 1870 and the Russian Revolution.

The volume features Saint Tikhon’s sermons and other writings, newly translated and edited by Alex Maximov and Dr. David C. Ford, providing access to the words of a figure of towering importance for the Orthodox Church in America and in Russia.  His words and sermons form an engaging “archpastoral diary” of sorts, detailing major aspects of Church life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries while detecting similarities and differences between that era and our own.

Alex Maximov is an independent scholar and member of the parish of the Monastery Church of Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk.  Dr. David C. Ford is Professor of Church History at Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary.

The must-read volume is available on-line.















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