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.
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Talent Show, Thanksgiving Meal and Akathist!
Holy Nativity Talent Show, Thanksgiving Dinner and Akathist
On November 9th, we will gather in the Activities Center at St George Greek Orthodox Church to celebrate the Akathist for Thanksgiving, have our first talent show and Thanksgiving meal together. This promises to a fun filled evening together beginning at 4:30pm and ending around 7:30pm. If you have any type of talent, any at all, sign up and get ready to perform! So far we have a guitar duet, duck calling, violin and piano performances and maybe a bit of gymnastics! In regards to the meal, the Mission will provide the main course. Please signup to bring a side dish for everyone to enjoy!
Pray for our Catechumens!
Two Fall Retreats!
TWO UPCOMING FALL RETREATS!
On Saturday November 8th, at the invitation of Mother Barbara, Fr Jason will be leading a 'Nativity Retreat' at Nativity of the Lord Monastery in Kemp, Tx. The schedule for the day is as follows:
Schedule of Events (all times are approximate):
9:30am - Divine Liturgy
11:00am - Continental Breakfast
11:30am - Guest Speaker: Fr. Jason Foster - Thy Nativity, O Christ Our God
1:00pm - Lunch
1:30pm - Guest Speaker Continues: Fr. Jason Foster - Thy Nativity, O Christ Our God
3:00pm - Questions
4:00pm - Break
5:00pm - Vespers
You may RSVP by calling the monastery at 903-498-4474 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On November 14 - 15, Fr. Paul Moses Jaroslaw will lead a Pan-Orthodox Fall Retreat at St. Nicholas titled:
'St. Innocent of Alaska & The Way of the Cross'
Schedule: Friday, Nov. 14
5:30 - Vespers
6:15 - Session 1: A Personal Story: How I came to love the Way of the cross
7:15pm - Potluck Dinner
8pm - Compline (Prayers before bed)
Saturday, Nov. 15
9am - Brunch
9:30am - Akathist to St. Innocent
10:30am - Session 2: The Way of the Cross: What are crosses, and we do we have to bear them?
11:45am - Q&A
12noon - Lunch
1pm - Session 3: The Steps of a Good Man are Ordered by the Lord (Psalm 37:23):
How de we Embrace the Cross and Overcome?
2:15pm - Q&A, Closing Prayer
There is no registration fee, but donations to help cover retreat costs are appreciated. Call 797-2226 for more information.
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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