Welcome to Holy Nativity Mission - 318-455-4219
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 Beatitude, The Most Blessed Tikhon, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada, and His Grace Bishop Nikon, 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 practice 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.
Groundbreaking and Planting of the Cross!
On February 7th, we officially broke ground on the construction of our new Phase I facility. Thanks to our dean Fr Basil and Matushka Zebrun (St.Barbara Orthodox Church in Ft. Worth, TX), Fr David Bozemen and his sons Judah and Asher (St. Nektarios Orthodox Church in Waxahatchie, TX), Fr Daniel and Presbytera Maria Bethancourt (St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Shreveport, LA), Mother Barbara and Svetlana (Nativity of the Lord Monastery), their guest from St. Maximos Orthodox Church in Denton, TX and Presbytera Mirela Tudora (St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Euless, TX) for making the journey to be with us and participating in the ceremony. Also, we are very grateful for our friends, family members and brothers and sisters from St George and St Nicholas who were able to attend. Lastly, thank you Dr. Chris and Stacy Cosse for hosting such a wonderful reception at your home for all of us. It was a beautiful day!
God willing, we will be in our new facility for Palm Sunday!
Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Facility on February 7th!
Clearing of Land Begins! Groundbreaking Ceremony February 7th!
Phase 1 of our land development and building construction on the 11 acres we own on the Southern Loop begain Friday January 16th. Thanks to everyone who has particiapted in the process either through the giving of time, financial resources, prayer, etc. At present, we are tentatively scheduled to move into the new facility prior to or on Palm Sunday - Glory to God for all things!
Phase I Construction (temporary temple space, warming kitchen and parish hall area) will be completed when Phase II, our temple project, begins. Three more porches will be added over the entry ways and a grand porch will be connected to the eastern entrance of the facility. Finally, stone accents will be placed around the windows and along the bottom of the building that correspond and compliment the exterior of the temple.
Tenatively, we will gather at 12:30 PM on Saturday February 7th for the offical ground breaking ceremony - Lunch provided!
From I-49 south, take the Southern Loop exit. Once you get the Southern Loop stop sign, TL and head east for approximately 1 mile.
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Pan-Orthodox Blessing of the Red River 2014
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Our New Land on the Southern Loop
Our Land on the Southern Loop
Thanks be to God! On the Friday before Holy Week we purchased an 10.98 acre tract of land on the Southern Loop. This will be the future home of Holy Nativity. We are very thankful for Dr. Tom Siskron who gifted a large portion of the land to us, Jeff Norris for donating his legal services, Scott Adcock for the discounted appraisal work and Ioannis Petikas for doing our enviornmental study at no charge. Also, we want to thank Kayne Pierce of Carter Federal Credit Union for financing the deal for us.
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