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

Men's Weekend on Caddo Lake

Men's Weekend

On Friday December 12rth, the men will gather at Jeems Bayou on Caddo Lake for vespers at 6pm, a meal and a time of fellowship. Those who wish will spend the night and leave the next morning around 10:00am. Bring your fishing poles, sleeping bags, and whatever snacks you want to take. There is no cost for the gathering!! 

Directions: go north from downtown Shreveport on Hwy 1 for 20.4 miles. TL on Ferry Lake Rd/Par 131 and go 2.6 miles to the lodge. 

Please RSVP with Father Jason if possible. 

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Pray for our Catechumens!

Please Pray for our Catechumens at Holy Nativity

Please keep Kevin, Mara, Dane, Elizabeth, Aubre, Jude, Steven, Jennifer, Charlie, David, George  and Robb in your prayers as they prepare to enter the Church.




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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Metropolitan Tikhon, St. Vladimir’s faculty visit Halki Seminary
17 hours ago
Halki Seminary

At invitation of His All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, a delegation representing Saint Vladimir’s Seminary visited the historic Holy Theological School of Halki here December 16-19, 2014.

In his capacity as President of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon headed the delegation, which included Archpriest Dr. John Behr, Dean; Archpriest Dr. John Jillions, Seminary Trustee, member of the Doctor of Ministry faculty, and OCA Chancellor; and Archpriest Dr. Alexander Rentel, Assistant Professor of Canon Law, Byzantine Studies and Practical Theology.

Established in 1844, the Theological School of Halki educated generations of Orthodox clergy, including 300 bishops and 12 Patriarchs. [The current Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is among its graduates.] It was closed to new admissions by the Turkish government in 1971. While efforts to reopen the school have been unsuccessful in recent years, there is hope that its situation will change in the near future.

Halki SeminaryHalki Seminary Chapel

The delegation was met by Grand Archimandrite Vissarion at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport. After meeting His Eminence, Metropolitan Elpidophoros, Abbot of Halki’s Holy Trinity Monastery, they embarked on the hour-long ferry ride to Halki Island. Upon landing, they were taken by horse-drawn carriage—cars are not permitted on the island—to the theological school complex.

Metropolitan Elpidophoros explained the school’s history and legacy, took the delegation to its chapel, and hosted the delegation at a dinner with the monastery brotherhood. He further extended hospitality in his office, where conversations on the importance of the school were held. The delegation also attended Matins, celebrated by Metropolitan Elpidophoros, in the Halki Monastery Chapel.

Deacon Kaisarios Chronis, Halki Library Director, offered the delegation an extensive tour of the school’s library, which contains a rich collection of ancient books. He also explained ongoing efforts to catalogue and digitize the library’s holdings.

Hagia SophiaHagia Sophia

Returning to Istanbul, the delegation visited the historic Hagia Sophia. Built by Emperor Justinian in the sixth century and boasting the largest free-standing dome in the world, the cathedral became a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in 1453. In 1931, Hagia Sophia was taken over by the Turkish state, which has used it as a museum since 1935.

On Thursday, December 18, the Feast of Saint Sebastian, the delegation attended Matins and the Divine Liturgy at the Church of Saint Demetrios, at which Patriarch Bartholomew presided from the throne. The church is widely known for its spring, dedicated to Saint Sebastian. Patriarch Bartholomew greeted Metropolitan Tikhon and the delegation members as he entered the church.

Pat Bartholomew & Met Tikhon

After the Divine Liturgy, Patriarch Bartholomew offered a warm welcome to Metropolitan Tikhon and the delegation, to which the latter reciprocated. At the Phanar, they met with Patriarch Bartholomew in his office for over one hour, where they engaged in a fruitful conversation about the work of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, the Orthodox Church in America, the Assembly of Bishops, and the situation of Orthodox Christianity throughout the world. After exchanging gifts, Metropolitan Tikhon and the delegation were hosted at a formal lunch in the Patriarchal dining room.

Life-Giving Spring Monastery

After lunch, Deacon Theodoros Meimaris accompanied Metropolitan Tikhon and the delegation on visits to two important sites. At the 11th century Church in Chora, a museum since 1948, they viewed the spectacular interior frescoes and mosaics that date back to the early 14th century. At the Women’s Monastery of the Life-Giving Spring, where a number of recent Patriarchs of Constantinople are laid to rest, they sang “Memory Eternal” and met with two of the nuns.

A photo gallery can be viewed on the OCA web site and Facebook page.

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Axion Estin offers Byzantine Music course at St. Vladimir’s Seminary
17 Dec 2014 at 3:21pm
Axion Estin

In collaboration with The Axion Estin Foundation of New Rochelle, NY, Saint Vladimir’s Seminary here will be offering a public Continuing Education course on Byzantine Chant during the spring 2015 semester.  The course will be offered under the expert instruction of Eleftherios Eleftheriadis, the Foundation’s inaugural Artist in Residence and the highly regarded Protopsaltis of Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Shrine, Flushing, NY. He previously had served on the faculty of the Music School of Thessaloniki, Greece.

The course—open to the general public as well as seminarians—will be held Tuesday evenings, beginning February 3, 2015, on the seminary campus. The Beginner Class will meet from 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., while the Advanced Class will meet from 8:10 p.m. to 9:25 p.m. Classes will be conducted in Greek, with translation, and course materials include original music texts in Byzantine notation and the Greek language. A certificate will be awarded upon course completion.

“More than one-third of our alumni are in jurisdictions that use Byzantine music,” noted Archpriest Dr. Chad Hatfield, Saint Vladimir’s Chancellor/CEO.  “In order to serve the Church and prepare our students for service in these ecclesial settings, we are not only continuing, but also amplifying, our Byzantine music course offerings for the 2014–2015 Academic Year. At the same time, we are offering superb continuing education for our alumni and friends.”

Students enrolled in the spring course may attend the “Looking East from Byzantium” concert at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium on Saturday, March 14, at 7:00 p.m. For information visit http://www.metmuseum.org/tickets.

For queries or to register for the course, contact Dr. Nicholas Reeves, Assistant Professor of Liturgical Music, at 914-961-8313 x 353 or byzantine@svots.edu.

In related news, Mr. Eleftheriadis will direct a “Byzantine Holiday Pop-Up” concert at The Metropolitan Museum’s Medieval Sculpture Hall at 2:00, 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 19, 2014. The concert, which is free with museum admission, is being presented by the museum’s Department of Concerts and Lectures in cooperation with the Foundation.

Dr. Nicholas Reeves, who was recently recognized for his efforts by the Consul General of Greece in New York, Ambassador Georgios Iliopoulos, at a reception at the Greek Consulate, helped organize the concert.  The pop-up concert was recently praised in The New Yorker and New York magazines, the latter of which called it “Brilliant.”

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