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.

Great Vespers at St. George Greek Orthodox Church on October 22

At the invitation of Fr. Ioannis, the mission will gather with our brothers and sisters at St. George Greek Orthodox Church on October 22nd at 5:30pm for Great Vespers and to welcome His Eminence, Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver to Shreveport. 

Holy Nativity Fall Fest! October 31st 5-8pm

St. Basil Home School Co-op

St. Basils Homeschool Co-op

Registration for St. Basil's Homeschool Co-op is now open until August 15th. The cost is $100 per family per semester. School begins on September 6th. Classes meet on Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30am to 2:30pm at the new church location. Field Days and special events will take place each friday during the fall semester. To learn more about St. Basil's, please contact Presv. Ashley. 

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. 

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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Feast of St. John Kochurov to be celebrated at Chicago’s historic cathedral O...
23 Oct 2016 at 12:21pm
St John

The early years of the 20th century witnessed the rise of a unique Chicago ecclesiastical landmark—Holy Trinity Cathedral, designed by noted architect Louis Henry Sullivan.  Collaborating with Sullivan in the cathedral’s construction was the parish’s rector, Archpriest John Kochurov, who had been assigned to serve Chicago’s Orthodox Christian community in 1895.  Consecrated in 1903, the edifice drew much attention at the time, being the first example of Byzantine and Russian architecture and iconography in the US Heartland.

Father Kochurov faithfully served the cathedral until he and his family returned to their native Russia in 1907.  Ten years later—on October 31, 1917—he became the first clergyman to be martyred for his faith at the outset of the Russian Revolution.  Canonized as a saint in December 1994—during the bi-centennial year of Orthodox Christianity’s arrival in North America—he is remembered to this day as “Saint John of Chicago”.

A major celebration of Saint John’s feast day will be observed at Chicago’s Holy Trinity Cathedral on the last weekend of October 2016.  His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon will join His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago for the celebration.  Also participating in the weekend’s services will be His Grace, Bishop Mstislav of Tikhvin, Russia, who will gift the cathedral will an exact reproduction of the wonderworking Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God—the widely venerated,  ancient icon that had been enshrined for centuries in Jerusalem, Constantinople and since the 1400s, northern Russia.  After World War II, the icon was brought to Chicago and enshrined in Holy Trinity Cathedral.  In 2004, it was returned to Tikhvin and once again placed in the monastery there.  The reproduction will be permanently enshrined in the cathedral.

According to the cathedral’s Dean, Archpriest John Adamcio, the celebration will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 29 with the greeting of the hierarchs at the cathedral entrance and the singing of the Akathistos Hymn in honor of the Tikhvin Icon.  The Vigil will follow at 4:30 p.m.

On Sunday, October 30, the festal Divine Liturgy will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the entrance of the hierarchs.  Another icon—depicting 19th and 20th century saints associated with the cathedral, painted by local iconographer Arlene Tilghman—will be blessed at the conclusion of services.  The icon anticipates the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the establishment of the cathedral community and the 100th anniversary of the martyrdom of Saint John which, according to Father Adamcio, will be celebrated in 2017.

Additional general and banquet reservation information is available on the cathedral web site.

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Holy Synod awards 2017 Church Planting Grants
21 Oct 2016 at 1:32pm
Tempe, AZTempe, AZ’s St. John the Evangelist Mission

During their Spring Session here October 18-21, 2016, the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America approved five full and one partial Church Planting Grants for 2017.

Saint John the Evangelist Mission, Tempe, AZ [Priest Andre Paez, Priest-in-Charge] and Saint James Mission, Beaufort, SC [Priest James Bozeman, Priest-in-Charge] will receive third-year grants.  Receiving second-year grants will be Saint Nektarios Mission, Waxahachie, TX [Priest David Bozeman, Priest-in-Charge] and Saint Juvenaly and His Companion Mission, Wasilla, AK [Archpriest Mikel Bock, Priest-in-Charge].  Receiving a first-year grant will be the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Mission, Saint James, MO [Priest Joel Wilson, Priest-in-Charge], while Saint Katherine Mission, Cardiff, CA [Priest Andrew Cuneo, Priest-in-Charge] will receive a partial-year grant.

“Each of these missions receives a substantial grant—$24,000.00 for the first year, $20,000.00 for the second year, and $16,000.00 for the third year—matched by the missions, in order to support the full-time ministries and missionary work of their priests,” explained Priest John Parker, who chairs the OCA’s Department of Evangelization.  “Once again, it is encouraging that representative missions from across the OCA, representing four dioceses, applied this year.  Please pray for these missions and missionary efforts, including those who were not able to be funded.  Pray for missions to be established, and for our current parishes to thrive.

“There is remarkable talent and energy in our Orthodox Church in America, demonstrated in creative ways in our Planting Grant Missions,” Father John added.  ” Here, on the ‘front lines’ of evangelistic work, priests and devoted parishioners labor to bring Orthodox Christianity to new towns and cities—places in which Orthodox Christianity has never been.  It is our humble joy to participate is such life-changing apostolic work, in the long line of missionary saints like Saint Herman, Saint Innocent, Saint John Kochurov, Saint Alexander Hotovitsky, Saint Raphael, and the newly-canonized Saint Sebastian of Jackson.  We are indeed grateful for their examples, and for the generosity of so many in the Orthodox Church in America whose offerings make the Planting Grant Program possible.”

Holy Synod approves St. Louis as site of 19th AAC
20 Oct 2016 at 12:22pm
St. Louis, MOThe St. Louis Union Station Hotel by Doubletree

The members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, during the course of their Fall Session here October 18-21, 2016, gave their blessing to convene the 19th All-American Council at the Saint Louis Union Station Hotel, Saint Louis, MO, July 23-27, 2018.

Nineteen US and Canadian cities had been considered in the extensive site search.

“The venues were whittled down to three finalists, and the final selection was presented to the Metropolitan Council in September for their recommendation,” said Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary.  “The Metropolitan Council unanimously recommended Saint Louis.  Utmost consideration was given to lodging costs location, ease of access and associated costs, availability and range of dining options, and the flexibility and ability of hotels to accommodate our requirements.

“As with the 18th AAC in Atlanta, there will be a youth program during the Council, in conjunction with the annual Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America [FOCA] Convention, which will be held at the same location July 20-23,” Father Eric added.

In related actions, the Holy Synod appointed the Preconciliar Commission, which is charged with organizing the AAC.  His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest, will chair the commission, which in addition to Father Eric, AAC Director, will include Archpriest John Jillions, Chancellor; Melanie Ringa, Treasurer; Protopresbyter Leonid Kishkovsky, Consultant; Deacon Peter Ilchuk, Council Manager; Archpriest Timothy Hojnicki, Metropolitan Council representative; Becky Tesar, FOCA representative; and Priest Benjamin Tucci, Youth Coordinator.  Archpriest Timothy Sawchak, Dean of the Kansas City Deanery, and Robert Butchko of Saint Louis will serve as the clergy and lay chairpersons respectively of the Local Organizing Committee.

“In line with the finance resolution adopted at the 18th AAC, the Holy Synod blessed that AAC assessments will be by diocese according to the proportion of the overall budget, with each diocese determining its own assessments for its respective parishes,” Father Eric added.  “It is strongly recommended that parishes begin to budget delegate expenses—travel, hotel and food costs, etc.—in order to be able to send delegates to the AAC.”

Additional information—theme, agenda, speakers, registration, etc.—will be posted as it becomes available.

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