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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.
Holy Nativity Newsletter
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!
Please Pray for our Catechumens at Holy Nativity
Please keep Kevin, Mara, Dane, Elizabeth, Aubre, Jude, Steven, Jennifer, Charlie, David and George in your prayers as they prepare to enter the Church.
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 email@example.com.
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.
OCA News Daily Scripture Readings
Holy Synod concludes fall session
4 hours ago
The fall session of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America was held at the Chancery here October 21-23, 2014.appointed to the Lesser Synod, chaired by Metropolitan Tikhon, were His Eminence, Archbishop Melchisedek of Pittsburgh; His Grace, Bishop Mark of Philadelphia; and His Grace, Bishop Michael of New York.
heard updates from Ms. Cindy Davis of the Office of Review of Sexual Misconduct Allegations [ORSMA] and Dr. Albert Rossi of the Sexual Misconduct Policy Advisory Committee [SMPAC].
heard a review of the work of the Department of External Affairs and Interchurch Relations by Archpriest Leonid Kishkovsky, Director, and Priest Nazarii Polataiko.
reviewed the report of Archpriest John Jillions, Chancellor, in which a plan for the renewal of the Department of Pastoral Life was presented. It was agreed that each bishop will appoint a priest to attend a consultation, convened by the Department, in 2015. He also spoke of the ongoing work and meetings of the diocesan chancellors.
heard the report of Father Eric Tosi, Secretary, who updated the hierarchs on plans for the 18th All-American Council and sought guidance on a number of matters, including speakers, agenda items, and special events. He presented a plan to reestablish the OCA mailing list, which the hierarchs approved, and sought input on the reprinting of new metric books, in which parish sacramental celebrations are recorded. He also offered an update on the work of the Archive Committee.
received the proposed 2015 budget, which was presented by Ms. Melanie Ringa, Treasurer, who reviewed the current budget in detail and presented the positive results of the most recent internal and external audits.
heard reports from Prof. Dr. David Drillock of the Department of Liturgical Music an Translations and Archpriests Theodore Boback and Joseph Gallick of the Office of Military Chaplains.
directed the Legal committee to search for and retain a lawyer licensed in the State of New York as General Counsel for the OCA in response to the report of Judge E. R. Lanier, Chair of the Legal Committee.
unanimously approved Church Plant Grants for five mission communities. [See related story.]
approved Father Tosi’s recommendations on the OCA’s departments and instructed the Chancery office to contact the Reorganization Task Force of the Metropolitan Council to continue its work.
heard the reports of Archpriest Dr. John Behr and Archpriest Dr. Chad Hatfield, Dean and Chancellor respectively of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, and Archpriest Dr. Steven Voytovich, Dean of Saint Tikhon’s Seminary. His Grace, Bishop David of Sitka delivered a report on Saint Herman’s Seminary. The hierarchs heard the report of the Board of Theological Education and approved several candidates who had completed Diaconal Vocation programs for ordination.
On its opening day, the Holy Synod elected His Grace, Bishop Irénée to the vacant Episcopal See of Ottawa and Canada and Igumen Paul [Gassios] to the vacant See of Chicago and the Midwest. Igumen Daniel [Brum] was elected Bishop of Santa Rosa and Auxiliary for the Diocese of the West. [See related story.]
Bishop Irénée will be enthroned in Ottawa on November 28-29, 2014, while Bishop-elect Paul’s consecration and enthronement will take place in Chicago on December 26-27 and Bishop-elect Daniel’s consecration and enthronement will be celebrated on January 23-24, 2015 in San Francisco and Santa Rosa.
In his opening address, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon addressed the newly elected and reviewed the current status of the Church.
“We offer our expressions of ‘Axios’ to the newly elected members of the Holy Synod and welcome them to our fall session,” Metropolitan Tikhon said. “I think that I speak for all the brothers and for the entire Church in expressing our great joy. I offer our prayers and hopes for fruitful ministries in your dioceses and in pastoral and administrative work. In addition, we also know that, at least in the cases of Canada and the Midwest, each of your flocks has been waiting patiently for a shepherd to guide them, and I would exhort each of you to approach your new responsibilities with sobriety, humility and above all, love for your flock.
“I am also very pleased that, with today’s elections, there remains only one vacant diocese in the Orthodox Church in America—the Diocese of the South—and it is our hope that the nomination of a new bishop for that diocese will take place next February,” Metropolitan Tikhon continued. “In any case, it has been a long time since we have had so few vacancies, and I believe that this gives expression to the continuing establishment of stability in the Orthodox Church in America and offers the foundation for all of us to fulfill the Apostolic work of Christ.”
After offering congratulations to His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel on the 35th Anniversary of his Episcopacy, Metropolitan Tikhon reviewed his work since the Holy Synod’s spring 2014 session, highlighting the contacts he has had with the retired bishops. He spoke of the recent work of the Holy Synod, Chancery staff, and ORSMA, and addressed a number of legal and pastoral issues and matters of external affairs. He also reviewed ongoing projects, including drafts of the Holy Synod handbook and the Instructions and Procedures for the Selection, Nomination and Election of Bishops.
According to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary, the members of the Holy Synod
The members of the Holy Synod will address a letter to all seminaries and formation programs restating their insistence that all candidates must be members of the OCA for three years prior to their acceptance into programs leading to ordination. The hierarchs conveyed their gratitude to Archdeacon Kirill Sokolov, Director of the Diaconal Vocations Program, for his work in preparation for the Board of Theological Education’s meetings.
Holy Synod of Bishops approves 2015 Planting Grant recipients
13 hours ago
Bishop Mark presided at the celebration of Thursday’s Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Apostle James, after which Bishop-elect Paul and Bishop-elect Daniel were elevated to the dignity of Archimandrite. Prayers were also offered for the late Mr. Gregory Sulich, a long-time Chancery employee, on the first anniversary of his repose.
Minutes, reports and related resources will be posted as they become available.
A photo gallery may be viewed on the OCA web site and Facebook page.
With the blessing of the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, whose fall 2014 session draws to a close on Thursday, October 23, the Department of Evangelization recently announced Planting Grant recipients for 2015.
Kursk Root Icon to visit St. Tikhon’s Monastery October 24-25
22 Oct 2014 at 12:25pm
Two missions—Holy Archangels, Annapolis, MD [Priest Robert Miclean, Pastor] and Holy Apostles, Lansing, NY [Priest James Worthington, Pastor]—will receive $16,000.00 grants for a third and final year, while Saint Katherine Mission, Cardiff, CA [Priest Andrew Cuneo, Pastor], will receive a second-year grant of $22,000.00. Missions receiving grants for the first time are Saint John the Evangelist, Tempe, AZ [Priest Andre Paez, Priest-in-Charge] and Saint James, Beaufort, SC [Priest James Bozeman, Priest-in-Charge]. Both first-year missions will receive $24,000.00 grants.
“The Church Planting Grant is an up-to-three year program which serves to allow the ministry of a full-time parish priest in a young mission church, where the financial burden would otherwise be too difficult,” explained Priest John Parker, who chairs the Department of Evangelization. “Each year the mission is responsible to match the grant amount, typically $24,000.00, then $20,000.00, then $16,000.00. The goal for the fourth year is a viable mission with a full-time priest.”
The Wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God will visit Saint Tikhon’s Monastery here Friday and Saturday, October 24-25, 2014. Accompanying the Icon will be His Grace, Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.
The Icon will arrive at the Monastery at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, after which a Service of Thanksgiving will be celebrated for the intentions of those gathered. Vespers and Matins for the Departed will be celebrated at 4:00 p.m.
On the Saturday of Souls, October 25, the Hours and Divine Liturgy will begin at 7:40 a.m., followed by a Service of Thanksgiving and an Anointing Service.
The public is warmly invited to attend. Additional information on the visit may be found here.
The highly venerated icon depicts the Theotokos and Christ surrounded by nine prophets holding Old Testament scrolls: King Solomon, Daniel, Jeremiah, Elijah, Habakkuk, Gideon, Isaiah, Moses, and King David.
A detailed history of the Icon may be found here.