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 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.

All Saints Summer Camp!

All Saints Summer Camp will be at the same location this year as it has been in the past - Cooper Farms (www.cooperfarm.org) in Ledbetter, TX.  The director and staff are excited we are returning and they are working hard to make sure this is the best camp to date. Thankfully, due to our number of participants, we will once again have the entire campground to ourselves. 
 
The theme this year, as seen above, is "HERE I AM! - SEND ME." While the children and youth will study missions, hear from missionaries, engage in morning and evening prayer, learn about iconography, make prayer ropes, etc., they will also have a lot of fun at the Blob Pond, Ropes Course, Giant Swing, Zip Line, nightly pool parties, bonfires, etc. By bringing our Orthodox children and youth together for this week, they will experience spiritual growth, learn about missions, deepen old friendships and make new ones and enjoy the outdoors. 
 
This is the link to our camp website: www.allsaintssummercamp.org  All the information about summer camp is there. Participants can register and pay online or mail in a check. If you want to see more pics and videos from past Summer and Winter camps, visit out FB page- //www.facebook.com/OCAAllSaintsSummerCamp/
 
 
Episcopal Visit!

Bishop Alexander visited Holy Nativity over the Festal celebration of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple. 

Catechumens

Newest Catechumen, Todd
Newest Catechumen, Todd
Newest Catechumen, Todd
Newest Catechumen, Jaclyn
Newest Catechumen, Jaclyn
Newest Catechumen, Jaclyn
New Church Building Update

Thanks be to God, we are now worshipping in our new facility on the Southern Loop. 

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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113th Pilgrimage to St. Tikhon’s Monastery opens Friday, May 26
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His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon will preside at the 113th Annual Pilgrimage to Saint Tikhon’s Monastery, which officially opens on Friday, May 26, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. with the greeting of the Hawaiian Myrrh Streaming Icon of the Iveron Mother of God at the entrance arch.  Vespers and Matins will follow at 4:00 p.m. in the Monastery Church of Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk.  The icon will be available for veneration throughout the Pilgrimage, which formally ends on Memorial Day—Monday, May 29.

Metropolitan Tikhon, President of Saint Tikhon’s Seminary, will preside at the school’s 75th annual Commencement on Saturday, May 27.  The day will open with the celebration of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy in the monastery church at 9:00 a.m., followed by a meal in the dining hall.  Commencement Exercises will begin at 1:00 p.m.

At the invitation of Metropolitan Tikhon, His Grace, Bishop Thomas of the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland, and the Mid-Atlantic of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America will deliver the commencement address.]  The day will close with the celebration of the Resurrection Vigil at 4:00 p.m., followed by dinner for all pilgrims in the dining hall.

The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 28, followed by a meal for all pilgrims in the dining hall.  Vespers and Matins will be celebrated at 4:00 p.m.

On Memorial Day — Monday, May 29 — the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated in the Monastery Church at 7:30 a.m.  The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., followed by a Panikhida for Veterans, at All Saints Bell Tower at 12:15 p.m.  The Akathistos Hymn to Saint Alexis will be celebrated in the monastery church at 1:30 p.m.  The Molieben to the Most Holy Theotokos with the Anointing of the Sick, Infirm and All Pilgrims will be celebrated at the monastery bell tower at 2:30 p.m.  The pilgrimage will close with the celebration of Vespers and Matins at 4:00 p.m.

Concurrent with the Pilgrimage, the Patriarch Tikhon Russian-American Music Institute [PaTRAM] will hold its Memorial Day Conductors’ and Singers’ Workshop at Saint Tikhon’s.  Conference participants will sing the liturgical responses during the Pilgrimage.



Metropolitan Tikhon presides at SVOTS Commencement
23 May 2017 at 12:27pm
SVOTSMetropolitan Tikhon and Antiochian Bishop John concelebrated the Commencement Divine Liturgy.

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon presided over the Spring Meeting of the Board of Trustees and annual Commencement Exercises at Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary [SVOTS] here Friday and Saturday, May 19 and 20, 2017.

As Chairman of the SVOTS Board, Metropolitan Tikhon convened a meeting of the seminary Trustees on Friday, during which reports on the academic and institutional life of the seminary were offered.  The Board of Trustees consists of 24 men and women representing nearly all Orthodox jurisdictions in North America.  Among them are His Eminence, Metropolitan Joseph of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America; His Eminence, Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Nicholovos of the Malankara Orthodox Church; and His Grace, Bishop David of the Coptic Orthodox Church’s Diocese of New York and New England.  Of note at the meeting was the launch of the search for a new seminary Dean and the appointment of the former Dean, Archpriest John Behr, to the Father Georges Florovsky Professorship in Patristics.

On Saturday, Metropolitan Tikhon presided at the Commencement Divine Liturgy, at which His Grace, Bishop John of the Antiochian Diocese of Worcester and New England concelebrated.  During the Divine Liturgy, Metropolitan Tikhon elevated Deacon Gregory Hatrak, Director of Marketing and Operations at SVS Press, to the dignity of Protodeacon.  Metropolitan Tikhon also honored members of the seminary’s chapel community, Joseph and Teressa Dominick and Vera Hubiak, with Primatial and SVOTS gramotas for their years of service to the seminary community.  Mr. Dominick also received an icon of his patronal saint, Joseph the Betrothed, on behalf of the seminary community.

Metropolitan Tikhon presided at the 75th Commencement Exercises, at which 16 degrees were conferred.  Joining Metropolitan Tikhon were His Eminence, Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church; Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Nicholovos; and Bishop John, who offered this year’s Commencement Address.

In his remarks to the graduates of the class of 2017, Metropolitan Tikhon shared words of greetings offered in 1888, at the 250th anniversary celebration of his family’s arrival in North America:  “...From this day we are to go forward into a new life, with new purposes, new ambitions, new hopes.  And we are to do this, not by resolutions and speeches, not by thinking it over, but by taking hold of the things that come to our hands and utilizing them.  Let us accept the wealth that may be ours, and increase it by honest effort, and make it serve the world.  Let us take a becoming pride in the family name, and stand by each other in zealously guarding it from bad repute.  Let us even perpetuate the name by carefully prepared records which shall be accessible and reliable.  In this respect we are altogether behind many families whose history is no more worthy of record than our own.”

Metropolitan Tikhon went on to explain that “these are pragmatic words from the United States in the post-Reconstruction Era that may seem outdated to our ears, but I believe that they can easily be translated to apply to you, the 2017 graduates of St Vladimir’s Seminary.

“Each of you is a member of the family that goes by the name of ‘Christian,’” Metropolitan Tikhon continued.  “And each of you has received a great gift here at the seminary, a gift of learning and wisdom.  It is now your turn to take hold of what has been given to you and put it to work, not for personal gain, but in the fulfilling of the Apostolic Work by which we make ourselves worthy of the name ‘Christian.’”  It is a lofty goal that guides you as you move beyond the seminary into whatever path the Lord and His Church call you and your families.  Remember that there is really only one thing to strive for—eternal salvation in the Heavenly Kingdom.  And there is only one way to find that salvation, and that is by taking hold of the things that come to your hands and utilizing them for the life of the world.”

A gallery of photos soon will be available on the OCA web site and Facebook pageAdditional information and a photo gallery may be accessed on the SVOTS web site.

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Planting Grant Missions: Ministering beyond our own walls
22 May 2017 at 8:40am
CGSSt. John Mission has successfully offered the CGS program for three years.

Priest Andre Paez and the faithful of Tempe’s Saint John the Evangelist Mission—one of six fledgling communities currently receiving assistance from the Orthodox Church in America’s Church Planting Grant program—will host a “Catechesis of the Good Shepherd” Formation Course July 5-11, 2017.

The course is open to clergy and laity from across North America.

“Catechesis of the Good Shepherd [CGS] is a distinctive, yet proven, Montessori–based method of Christian education that recognizes and reinforces the child’s natural desire for learning about our Lord’s love for them and for all of His creation,” Father Andre explaims.  “Rooted in Scripture and the Divine Liturgy, this hands-on, experiential approach enables children to fall more deeply in love with the Good Shepherd and allows them to more fully participate in the liturgy.  Lessons span the articles of the altar, the articles of baptism, the parable of the Good Shepherd and the Gospel narratives of the birth of Christ, all utilizing child-sized materials that are appropriate for the developmental stage of the child.”

Facilitating the course will be Shelley Finkler from Alaska, who has served as a catechist since 2007.  Shelly started the second CGS program in the US in 2009 at Saint John Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral, Eagle River, AK.  She is a recognized Formation Leader with the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

“This method has been taught at Saint Herman’s Seminary, Kodiak, AK and will be taught to students at Saint Tikhon’s Seminary, South Canaan, PA this spring,” Father Andre added.  “It also has been presented to seminarian wives at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, Yonkers, NY.  It is endorsed by His Eminence, Metropolitan Joseph of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America and His Grace, Bishop David of Sitka and Alaska [OCA].

Course sessions will be held daily from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Topics will include a survey of the developmental and religious nature and needs of the three to six-year-old child, ways to help the young child more fully experience and participate in liturgy, and aspects of God and His Kingdom that most deeply strike the child’s sense of wonder and love of God. Demonstrations of all presentations used in Level I will be offered, and participants will be afforded the opportunity to develop a personal catechist’s album of presentations.

“The CGS Level I course is the first of two parts that cover a three-year cycle of presentations for the 3-6 year old child,” Father Andre said.  “It is anticipated that the second part will be held during the summer of 2018.”

Detailed information, fees and registration forms are available on-line.

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