Holy Nativity of the Lord
Orthodox Church in America
5490 Barksdale Blvd, Bossier City, LA 71112 (Barksdale Federal Credit Union) PHONE: 318-455-4219
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.



Thanks to everyone who helped make this a beautiful, joyous and wonderful Great and Holy Pascha! Special thanks to all the people who donated monies for flowers, arranged flowers, helped set up and take down, clean, sing, decorate, cook, etc.! 





This year our deanery will be hosting ALL SAINTS SUMMER CAMP! Holy Nativity is in charge of putting the camp together and overseeing it from June 28 - July 3rd! Those from 8 - 18 (new high school graduates) are welcome and encouraged to attend. The cost for the week is $275. This includes all meals and activies. All Saints Summer Camp (Camp All Saints) promises to be a time of spiritual growth and a lot of fun!! 

Visit the camp website and sign up today: www.AllSaintsSummerCamp.org . 

Holy Nativity Newsletter

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, Bryce, Steven, Jennifer, Charlie, David, George, Robb, Ryan, Amanda, Samuel, Evie, Elijah and Ava in your prayers as they prepare to enter the Church.




Upcoming Events!

Upcoming Feasts and Events!

March 25th - Annunciation Celebration - 4pm to 8pm at YMCA CAMP FORBING!

April 5th - April - 12th - Holy Week! Location: 645 Bert Kounds Ind'l Loop Suite 200 - formerly Shreveport Sewing Center 

June 28th - July3rd - Youth Camp! Cooper Farms in Ledbetter, Texas! www.cooperfarms.org

Annunciation Celebration!
Annunciation Celebration!
Annunciation Celebration!
Great and Holy Pascha!
Great and Holy Pascha!
Great and Holy Pascha!
Youth Camp 2015!
Youth Camp 2015!
Youth Camp 2015!
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.  


Phase 1 Outside
Phase 1 Outside
Phase 1 Outside
Phase 1 Inside
Phase 1 Inside
Phase 1 Inside
Pan-Orthodox Blessing of the Red River 2014

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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Faithful flock to St. Tikhon’s Monastery for 111th annual Pilgrimage
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Faithful “from near and far” gathered during the Memorial Day weekend at Saint Tikhon’s Monastery here for the 111th annual Pilgrimage May 22 through 25, 2015.

Throughout the weekend, liturgical celebrations, including Hierarchical Divine Liturgies on Saturday and Sunday, were held.  The main Pilgrimage Liturgy was celebrated at the bell tower chapel on Monday, at which His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, presided.  Concelebrating with him were His Eminence, Archbishop Mark of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania; His Eminence, Archbishop Michael of New York and New York and New Jersey; His Grace, Bishop Thomas of the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America; and His Grace, Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk, Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, Moscow Patriarchate.  Numerous clergy from the Orthodox Church in America and other jurisdictions, also concelebrated.

Faithful also were afforded the opportunity to venerate the Hawaiian Myrrh Streaming Icon of the Mother of God of Iveron, which was welcomed at the monastery entrance arch on Friday afternoon, marking the official opening of the Pilgrimage, and present throughout the weekend.  And as always, faithful prayed before the graves of their loved ones in the monastery cemetery.

Many took advantage of tours of the Metropolitan Museum of the Orthodox Church in America and the Guzey Icon Repository offered by Archpriest John Perich, curator.  Father John also made it possible for pilgrims who so desired to share in writing or video their personal stories and anecdotes about life in the Church as a “living history.”

Not to be forgotten during the weekend were those departed who served in the military and who gave their lives on the field of battle.  Archpriest Theodore Boback celebrated a Panikhida at All Saints Bell Tower for all departed Orthodox military chaplains and veterans on Monday.

“I couldn’t help notice that there were many young people present this year,” said one pilgrim from New York.  “Having attended the Pilgrimage for over four decades, it was most heartening to see the ‘next generation’ present to carry on this century-old tradition.”

In conjunction with the Pilgrimage, Saint Tikhon’s Seminary held its 73rd annual commencement exercises on Saturday, May 23.  Additional information will be posted as it is received.

Saint Tikhon’s Monastery is the oldest Orthodox Christian monastic community in North America.

An interesting interview with Archimandrite Sergius, Abbot of Saint Tikhon’s Monastery, on the brotherhood’s preparations for the Pilgrimage may be accessed here.  A photo gallery may be viewed on the OCA web site and Facebook page.

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St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press launches Coptic Studies Series
25 May 2015 at 8:14am
Bp SurielBishop Suriel presents an icon in the Coptic tradition to Fr. John Behr.

Saint Vladimir’s Seminary Press, the publishing house of Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, has launched a new series highlighting the history and spirituality of the ancient Coptic Orthodox Church. The first book in the “Coptic Studies Series,” titled, The Life of Repentance and Purity, was authored by His Holiness, Pope Shenouda III and is scheduled for release by December 2015.  His Grace, Anba Suriel [Guirgis], Bishop of the Coptic Diocese of Melbourne and Affiliated Regions, Australia, who studied at Saint Vladimir’s from 1998–1999, is Series Editor for the new line of books.

Pope Shenouda’s book was first translated from Arabic in 1989 by Bishop Suriel and was published in 1991 by the Coptic Orthodox Publication and Translation Committee in Sydney. The new translation, also by Bishop Suriel, will include additions and patristic references and will be a joint publication between SVS Press and Saint Athanasius Press, the fledgling publishing house of Saint Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Theological College, Donvale, Australia, where Bishop Suriel serves as Dean.

“This is a big step for us,” noted Bishop Suriel.  “Being in cooperation with SVS Press, which is well known around the world—even outside of Orthodox circles—will provide more recognition of our own theological press.

“I am deeply indebted to Father Athanasius Farag, Father Bishoy Lamie, Phoebe Farag, and several others who worked tirelessly to prepare the manuscript that was presented to SVS Press,” he continued. “I am also grateful to Father John Behr, dean of Saint Vladimir’s, and to Michael Soroka and Deacon Gregory Hatrak, who are employed at SVS Press, for their hard work in assisting in bringing this work to light once more—in a much better edition!

“We hope to be able to publish more works in the future, especially with the new series, which we are very excited about,” he said. “We want not only to raise the profile of our school but also to emphasize the importance of Coptic studies.”

One of the titles that Bishop Suriel will propose for the “Coptic Studies Series” is a book about the life and work of Archdeacon Habib Girgis, former Dean of the Coptic Seminary, Cairo, Egypt, who was recently canonized by the Coptic Orthodox Church.  Saint Habib Girgis greatly influenced the Coptic community by urging its members to develop educational curricula that would revitalize their faith, which in the early 20th century was being challenged by foreign missionaries.

“The ties between Saint Vladimir’s Seminary and Saint Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Theological College have been strengthening during the past few years,” acknowledged Archpriest Dr. John Behr. “Both Bishop Suriel and I, as Deans of two theological institutions—who also happen to be close friends—highly value theological education and acknowledge the importance of rapprochement between the Oriental and Eastern Orthodox traditions in the 21st century.”

In 2013, Bishop Suriel hosted Father John during an eventful trip to Egypt, during which he was the guest of His Holiness, Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria.  During his visit, Father John delivered a paper titled “Orthodox Theological Education in the Twenty-First Century” at the “Theological and Ecclesiastical Institutes Seminar,” which explored the spiritual formation of theological students.  The seminar featured talks by eminent Coptic bishops, clergy, and scholars.

Bishop Suriel visited Saint Vladimir’s campus in 2013, at which time he met with Father John to discuss greater collaborative efforts between the two theological schools, including exchanges of students and faculty.  As a result, Father John, who also serves as Professor of Patristics at Saint Vladimir’s and is globally renowned in his field, will be teaching a Patristics course at Saint Athanasius in the fall of 2015.  Further into the future, both deans envision a Coptic House of Studies on the Yonkers campus, at which faculty from the Coptic Church may provide special liturgical and pastoral formation to students from that tradition.

OCA Chancery closed on Memorial Day
24 May 2015 at 2:14pm

The Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2015 in observance of Memorial Day.

Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, May 26.

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